We strongly encourage undergraduate research projects, but often only have space for one new undergraduate student a year. Projects that are most successful begin at the freshman or sophomore year and the ideal student is willing to commit several hours a week on a project through to their senior year. Upper class students with prior lab experience and a specific research project may also be considered.
We currently seek a highly-motivated MS/PhD student at the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) to help begin a project investigating the ecology and molecular biology of soil nematodes and other microbiota. Project details are flexible in scope and location, but will ultimately benefit a research program that integrates ecology with genomics. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in at least one skill of either soil nematode enumerations, bioinformatics, or molecular/genomics techniques, and an interest in developing the other two skills. Strong quantitative or programming skills are especially beneficial. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for admission to the graduate program at UND. The position will include a full tuition waiver and health insurance and will be supported with a combination of teaching and research assistant stipends. If you are interested, please e-mail a cover letter describing your interests and any relevant experience, a CV or resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references (in a single document if possible) by January 10th to:
Dr. Brian Darby
Dept of Biology, University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58202, Stop 9019
We do not currently have funding for a post-doc. If you are interested in seeking funding for post-doctoral work in our lab, contact me with specific ideas for a research project and potential funding sources. Keep in mind that project development will need to begin well in advance of the desired start date: some funding cycles can be up to a year in length, if successful, and the time required for proposal development will take up to an additional four months.