We are seeking a highly motivated student for a NSF funded PhD position in the Moody Lab. The research will focus on comparative transcriptomics and population genomics of arctic plants along an Alaskan latitudinal gradient. The research is part of a collaborative research program that will examine the mechanisms that lead to ecotypic differences in phenology involving a sedge and two shrubs in reciprocal transplant garden and growth chamber experiments. This includes examination of potential adaptions related to light quality, light quantity, photoperiod, temperature using gene expression data and population genomics. The position will have alt least two years guaranteed research funding and guaranteed TA assistantship up to a combined six years within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) PhD Program at UTEP. The candidate for this position will have the opportunity to work with a collaborative team involving UTEP, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and Wilkes University, as well as an opportunity for research at the Toolik Field Station in Alaska. The ideal candidate will have research experience, interest in molecular ecology, strong communication skills, and strong performance in science courses. Experience with ‘omics research and computer language is preferred, but not required. The position will begin Fall 2022. Interested students should send a current C.V. and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Michael Moody [email protected]. More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and the EEB graduate programs. Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1.