Research Assistantships available for two outstanding PhD students to pursue projects at the intersection of forest health genomics and chemical ecology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina (United States). The Christmas Tree Genetics lab integrates functional and quantitative genomics approaches to rapidly facilitate the development of novel conifer genotypes through breeding and genome editing approaches with enhanced resilience to pests and pathogens. The two available PhD positions will develop new knowledge and genomic resources for the conifer species Fraser fir. Fraser fir is an endangered conifer that forms the foundation of a $125 mil Christmas tree industry for the state of North Carolina.
Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters, and previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Excellent oral communications skills are also necessary for success in these positions as the students will be expected to give regular updates as part of contributions to the NCSU extension program (https://www.ces.ncsu.edu). Tuition, fees, health insurance and a competitive Graduate Assistantship stipend is offered with opportunities for additional assistance. Both positions are available to start in the Summer (June – August) of 2021. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for North Carolina State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, which can be viewed at: https://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/graduate/application-process/.
Interested candidates should email the following information no later than January 15, 2021: (1) an unofficial copy of transcripts, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) a 1-page cover letter/statement of research interests in the area of conifer genomics and/or conifer-insect interactions, (4) GRE scores (if available but not required), and (5) the names and contact information of three referees, to Dr. Justin G. A. Whitehill, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be obtained via email or phone. Phone: (919)-515-5851. Additional Information: Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources – https://cnr.ncsu.edu/directory/justin-whitehill/; Twitter - @whitehilljustin.