PhD student positions with full financial support are available in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 in the Zhuang Lab , Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas.

Research interests in the Zhuang Lab include Evolution of genetic novelty and diversity; Genetic basis of variation for complex traits and diseases; Molecular mechanisms of gene formation and gene loss. Investigations involve genomics, molecular evolution, and bioinformatics, in model (fruit flies) and non-model organisms (polar fishes). More information is available on our website.

We are looking for highly motivated students who are willing to tackle fundamental questions in both basic evolution and biomedical research. We invite interested and highly qualified candidates to apply. Please contact Dr. Zhuang (xz036@uark.edu) (1) your CV; (2) a cover letter outlining research interest and experience, specifically how it is related to research focus in our lab; (3) unofficial transcripts, GRE score (if you have), and TOFEL / IELTS score (for international students).

Minimum Requirements
•        B.S. or M.S. in Biology or related fields.
•        Highly motivated individual and commitment to scientific rigorousness.

Desirable Qualifications (preferred but not required)

•        Hands-on experience from working with genomic data.

•        Experience from working in a Linux/Unix environment, and using Python, R, etc.

•        Basic knowledge in Evolution, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics.

Application Information

•        Department of Biological Sciences

•        Cell and Molecular Biology Program  

•        Graduate School 

•        Additional fellowships are available for qualified applicants

About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity (R1 University). The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

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