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PhD student in Disease Ecology and Evolution


University of Connecticut


Storrs, CT


United States

Last Date to Apply:

15 Dec 2017


PhD Student in Disease Ecology and Evolution


The Knutie lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is recruiting highly-motivated applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in disease ecology and evolution. The PhD student will be expected to develop a novel research project in animal disease ecology and/or evolution using one of the PI’s host systems (birds or frogs) in the Galapagos Islands, Connecticut, Florida, or Minnesota. For more information about current research in the lab, please see: http://www.knutielab.com


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution or a related field, at least one first-authored publication, and/or extensive experience with lab and field-based research. Although academic scores are important for admission to the program, I also value motivation and passion for science and nature. Applicants from a minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBTQ+, first generation) are encouraged to apply.


The application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application pages, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, a personal essay, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. If admitted to the program, full financial support (TA and/or RA) is generally provided for five years. More information for prospective EEB Graduate students: http://eeb.uconn.edu/information-for-prospective-eeb-graduate-students/


For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15, 2017. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Knutie (sarah.knutie@uconn.edu) before applying to the program to discuss research interests and your application.