Graduate position: UGeorgia.SocialInsectEvolution

 PhD Position: NSF-supported graduate studies in evolutionary epigenetics
> and genomics of social insects at the University of Georgia.
> The Hunt Lab at UGA is broadly interested in how evolution produces
> variation in insect form and function. We use social insects, such as
> ants, bees, and wasps as models for studying how evolutionary and gene
> regulatory mechanisms shape variation in social behavior. We have taken
> a particular interest in investigating genetic and epigenetic factors
> that underlie differences in complex traits.
> In collaboration with Ken Ross at UGA, we study how a supergene and
> phenotypic plasticity influence variation in colony queen number and
> social behaviors in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. In collaboration
> with Sarah Kocher at Princeton University, we study how gene regulatory
> evolution shapes social behaviors. We are always interested in identifying
> new systems and approaches for study.
> The Hunt Lab is a young and dynamic research group dedicated
> to fostering the success of its lab members. We are a part of the
> Entomology Department, one of many departments in the life sciences at
> the University of Georgia. Diverse areas of expertise and coursework
> availability at UGA, along with a first-rate genomics core facility,
> help students reach their full potential. Students will take coursework
> and receive training in entomology, genetics, and bioinformatics.
> Requirements: An interest in broad evolutionary questions and a desire
> to develop bioinformatic expertise.  Applicants must meet requirements
> of admission to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia
> (see
> The start date is flexible.
> More information about the Hunt Lab can be found online at  Prospective applicants should email Brendan
> Hunt at with a statement of interest.