Division of
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PhD positions in microbial and metacommunity ecology at Mississippi State University

The Wisnoski Lab (www.nathanwisnoski.com) is seeking Ph.D. students to join in 2024! We have opportunities to work on projects related to community ecology, microbial ecology, aquatic ecology, and metacommunity ecology. We especially welcome applicants interested in the ecology of coastal microbial communities to work on a newly funded project.

Coastal microbial ecology Successful applicants will develop and address research questions related to the assembly, structure, dynamics, and functioning of bacterial communities at the land-ocean interface, including investigations into inputs of organisms and organic matter. By working on this project, you will develop skills in field work, laboratory procedures, bioinformatics, and ecological statistical methods. Ideally starting in Spring 2024.

Microbial/metacommunity ecology The lab also has a broader focus on microbial and metacommunity ecology. Topics of interest include microbial communities in networks of lakes and streams, as well as the metacommunity ecology of dormancy. Applicants are encouraged to pursue research projects in these and other topics using computational, experimental, observational, and/or synthesis-based research approaches. See the lab website and prior publications for more details. Starting in Spring or Fall 2024.

Our lab aims to create an inclusive, equitable, and safe workplace that supports a diversity of perspectives and identities in the pursuit of scientific understanding. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.

Students will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. Successful applicants will receive a full 100% tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance while enrolled.

If you are interested in applying, please email Nathan Wisnoski (nathan.wisnoski@msstate.edu) to discuss the opportunities further. In your email, please include a brief description of your research interests, experiences, CV, and any questions you might have.