Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

Ph.D. Assistantship Studying Ecological Dynamics of Microbial Communities, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

The Bittleston Lab (https://www.bittlestonlab.com/) is recruiting a student for Fall 2024 to study ecological dynamics and coexistence in microbial communities. The PhD project is based in the aquatic ecosystems formed within pitchers of carnivorous pitcher plants and is partially funded by an early career grant from the Simons Foundation and an NSF CAREER award. The successful candidate for this position will work as part of a collaborative team of researchers across different universities and will be culturing bacteria, running molecular assays, analyzing data, mentoring undergraduates, writing, and presenting results.  
 
Qualifications 
Seeking a self-motivated, independent, and creative thinker who is passionate about ecology and aquatic or plant-associated microbes. The minimum qualification is a Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Microbiology, or a related field.  
 
Preferred qualifications include: evidence of strong writing (e.g., grant proposals, publications) and quantitative skills (e.g., bioinformatics, coding, modeling); experience with microbial culturing and/or molecular assays; excellent communication skills; and an interest in understanding mechanisms of community assembly, coexistence, or plant-microbial interactions. A previous Masters degree in a relevant topic is not required, but is considered an additional benefit. Applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are especially encouraged to apply. Please address these points in your introductory email.  
 
Stipend and Benefits 
The position starts Fall (August) 2024 and includes support in the form of a graduate research assistantship with a salary of $28,000 for at least 2 years, followed by a graduate teaching assistantship. Both cover the full year (12-month) and also include tuition and fee waivers, and health insurance.  
 
About the Programs and Boise 
Our Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior is an innovative graduate program at Boise State University. The program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and human-environment systems to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. We have a strong quantitative course component and the position provides access to a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as international organizations, all dedicated to providing students with educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more about the EEB PhD Program, please visit: https://www.boisestate.edu/eeb/.  
 
To Apply 
Applicants should email both Dr. Leonora Bittleston (leonorabittleston@boisestate.edu) and Kathryn Lucas (kathrynlucas@boisestate.edu) before December 1st to indicate interest in this position before officially applying. The email should include your CV and why you are interested in a PhD in this research area in particular. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean. 
 
Applications and required application materials must be submitted to the University by January 15th, 2024. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV, the names and contact information for three references. Applicants will also submit official university transcripts. More information about these requirements and the application process may be found at: https://www.boisestate.edu/eeb/prospective-students/