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1) The Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual who
wishes to pursue a MS in Entomology. The research project will explore
the interaction between the invasive pest Spotted Wing Drosophila
(SWD) and microbes. The selected student will develop methods to assess
the contribution of microbes to the diet of SWD, determine the effect of
host and landscape on the contribution of microbes, and use Compound
Specific Isotopic Analyses to accurately determine the trophic
position of SWD.

The position will be at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the
Department of Entomology in the Guédot’s Fruit Crop Entomology

Qualifications: Interested candidates should possess a B.S. degree in
entomology, microbiology,biology, or related fields. Preference will be
given to students who have relevant work experience/training in
microbiology. The candidate is expected to work independently and within
a team, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. This
project will require a student who is proficient in performing
laboratory assays and field work. Strong work ethic and the ability to
work outdoors for extended periods of time are a must.

The assistantship includes a stipend and tuition waiver for two years
with possibilities to extend depending on availability of

Deadline for application: Review of applications will begin immediately,
and will continue until the position is filled.

Start Date: The successful candidate is expected to start in January

Application materials: Interested applicants should submit 1) a current
CV including GPA and GRE scores, 2) transcripts, 3) a cover letter
stating your research interests, experience, and career goals, and 4)
contact information for three references to Christelle Guédot at
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2) The Preisser Lab at the University of Rhode Island, as part of an NSF-funded
collaboration with Colin Orians (Tufts University), is seeking two
highly-motivated students for M.S. work in plant-insect ecology beginning in
fall 2017. Full funding for two students will be provided as a combination
of research and teaching assistantships, depending on student background and
availability. Applicants should be independent, excited to work in a
collaborative environment, and possess research, field, and/or modeling
experience. Research in my lab addresses predator-prey and/or
herbivore-plant interactions; specific research topics have included the
population-level consequences of non-lethal interactions between predators
and their prey and the effect(s) of interactions between invasive species on
eastern forests. Detailed information about the lab is available at
Prospective students should contact me at [log in to unmask]; please provide a
short description of your research interests and accomplishments, a CV
(including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three
references. I will contact suitable candidates to discuss potential graduate
projects and to set up an interview. Formal department review of
applications will begin January 1, 2017, but interested students should
contact me well before the application deadline. 


3) The Plant Sciences department at the University of Wyoming is recruiting a PhD student to conduct research exploring the ecology of plant-insect interactions in cropping systems. The project will focus on plant defenses against the alfalfa weevil and will include both greenhouse and field components. The student will serve as a teaching assistant for both face-to-face classes as well as distance-based online education in the department. This assistantship specifically supports under-represented domestic minority students, specifically American-born or naturalized citizens of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian/Alaskan native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Asian descent. The student will be mentored in the areas of research, teaching, public outreach, and career development. More broadly, support and community are present at the University through Multicultural Affairs, including the Multicultural Resource Center and a suite of student organizations, and the Women in Math, Science & Engineering (WiMSE) program. In addition to the department's PhD degree in Agronomy, the University of Wyoming also offers an interdisciplinary PhD program in Ecology.

Required qualifications are a BS in biology, ecology, entomology, and agronomy, or a related field, independent research experience, demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication, and a valid driver's license, given necessary research travel throughout the state. Preferred qualifications are a MS degree in the fields listed above, and experience and interest in working with plants, insects, and agriculture. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Randa Jabbour with any questions or for information on how to apply ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>, 307-766-3439). Application review will begin January 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Preferred start date is May 2017.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the Rocky Mountains. Located on a high plain between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountain ranges, Laramie has more than 300 days of sunshine a year and near year-round activities including skiing, hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing and climbing. The community provides the advantages of a major university and a distinctive identity as an important city in a frontier state. Laramie is 1-3 hours away from Colorado's major cities and university communities along the Front Range.

The University of Wyoming offers Graduate Assistantships that are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/under-served populations and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The University of Wyoming is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or political belief in any aspect of employment or services. For more information see


Randa Jabbour
Assistant Professor of Agroecology
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-3439
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Twitter: @randajab
Instagram: weevilwarriors
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4) Postdoctoral Position on Plant-Pollinator Interactions at Penn State's 
Center for Pollinator Research

Penn State’s Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research 
seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a USDA-SCRI funded 
project examining pollinator interactions with ornamental plant 
species.  The candidate should have extensive experience in (1) working 
with honey bees (2) evaluating foraging behavior of bees (3) palynology 
and (4) use of molecular tools to identify plant species from pollen 
samples. The candidate should have excellent written and oral 
communication skills, the ability to collaborate with and coordinate the 
efforts of a large team of researchers from different universities, and 
a track record of publishing his/her work in scientific journals and 
presenting to broad audiences. Preference will be given to candidates 
with a PhD in Entomology, Biology, or related field.  This is a one-year 
appointment, with possibility of extension.  For more information, 
please contact Christina Grozinger, Professor, Department of Entomology, 
Penn State University, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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