2 GRAs available at NAU

Graduate Research Assistantships in Forest Genomics @ NAU

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking 2 highly motivated Master of Science students to join the newly formed lab of Genetics, Genomics and Evolution of Forest Tree Species. Both positions include a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits for 2 years.

Position 1: The student will use genomic tools to identify genes underlying resistance to the devastating disease white-pine blister rust in Sugar Pine. This position involves only data analyses.

Position 2: The student will use genomic tools to identify patterns of hybridization, introgression and local adaptation between two varieties of Douglas fir. This position involves data analyses, molecular lab work, and greenhouse work.

Minimum qualifications:
–       Bachelor degree in Genetics, Forest Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Plant Sciences,
Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields of study.
–       Have taken at least one course in Genetics.
–       Ability to program in R, Perl or Phyton (familiarity with Linux is a plus)
–       Willingness to work with big data sets in a computer cluster.
–       Availability to start by July 1st, 2018 .
–       No greenhouse or molecular lab experience is required.

How to apply:
Please send a 1-page statement of interest, CV, unofficial copy of transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (international students), and the names and contact information of 3 references by March 5th, 2018. If found to be a good match for the position, you will be encouraged to apply to the graduate program at NAU. Please note that NAU has the following admission
requirements: GPA equal or higher than 3.0 and TOEFL = 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet- based).

Contact Information:
Dr. De La Torre, Amanda.de-la-torre@nau.edu https://nau.edu/CEFNS/Forestry/Faculty-and-Staff/Directory/De-La-Torre/

Northern Arizona University is a 29,000 student-institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks.
Flagstaff has all-year easy access to the Arizona snowbowl ski resort and is located at 1-hour drive from the Gran Canyon.