PhD Assistantship available to study the interactions between social wasps and cluster rots in grapes


Interested in the interactions between insects and plant pathogens? We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual who wishes to pursue a PhD degree in a multidisciplinary research project that integrates entomology and plant pathology. The project will characterize the microbial communities of grapes and wasps and investigate the role wasps play in disease facilitation of cluster rot pathogens. The position will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison jointly advised by Drs. Christelle Guédot in the Department of Entomology and Leslie Holland in the Department of Plant Pathology. 

Qualifications: Interested candidates should possess a M.S. degree in entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, other related fields. The candidate is expected to work independently and within a team, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The student should be prepared to work with laboratory assays and field work. Strong work ethic and the ability to work in the lab and outdoors with stinging insects for long periods of time are a must. The assistantship includes a 4-year RA stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits.

Deadline for application: Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled (no later than March 1, 2022).  

Start Date: The successful candidate is expected to start in September 2022.  

Application materials: Interested applicants should submit 1) a current CV including GPA (GRE scores are not required), 2) unofficial transcripts, 3) a cover letter stating your research interests, experience, and career goals, 4) a copy of up to three relevant publications, and 5) contact information for three references to Christelle Guédot at [log in to unmask] and Leslie Holland at [log in to unmask].  

UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer and we encourage women,

minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. The Guédot and Holland labs are committed to recruiting, supporting, and mentoring members of diverse backgrounds and experiences. To learn more about the labs and labs’ cultures, visit the Guédot Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory and Holland Fruit Crop Pathology Laboratory.

More information on the application process and the Entomology Department can be found on the UW-Madison Entomology website or on the Plant Pathology website



Christelle Guédot, Associate Professor (She, her, hers)
Fruit Crop Entomologist and Extension Specialist
Department of Entomology, Room 546
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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Phone: (608) 262-0899; Fax: (608) 262-3322
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