The soil ecology lab at Wright State University in Dayton, OH is seeking a PhD student to join our laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences. Research will focus on comparing the soil microbiome of commercial plantings of Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine) to native stands. The student will be an integral part of an international team including researchers from New Zealand, Australia, and the US.

The duties of this position will include field sampling of plant roots and soil, processing plant and soil samples, and analyzing different types of data including microbial and environmental data. Travel to the west coast for field work will be required (fully funded). The position is fully funded through a combination of graduate research (3 years) and teaching assistantships (2 years). The current stipend is approximately $22K on a 12-month basis.

Requirements of degree and other information can be found at the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program. The student may start as early as Summer semester 2022 but ideally by Fall 2022. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in environmental sciences, biological sciences or closely related discipline and/or evidence of published research, proficiency in written and oral communication, and experience in field and laboratory research. Previous research experience is required. The Rua lab is committed to recruiting, supporting, and mentoring members of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Applicants are encouraged to address how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.

Interested students should email 1) a brief statement of their research interests and long-term career goals, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) (unofficial) transcripts to: Megan Rua, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, email: megan.rua@wright.edu. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, however, to be considered for university fellowships applications need to submitted by February 15, 2022. 

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