University of Manitoba Nematology Graduate Student Assistantship
The laboratory for Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba (http://soilecology.ca/; Twitter @soilecologyUMan) is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to MSc or PhD degrees. Students will undertake graduate research to understand host and environmental preferences, yield damage, and control strategies of plant-parasitic nematodes in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The nematodes to be examined include members of the genus Ditylenchus and Pratylenchus. Crops examined include major field, pulse and horticultural crops grown on the Canadian Prairies. The research involves microscopic and molecular identification of nematodes. Candidates will have excellent oral and written skills in English and have completed a 4-year equivalent BSc in the agricultural or natural sciences. Students with experience in nematology are encouraged to apply. Salary is $18,500/yr for two years to MSc students and $21,000/yr for four years to PhD students. Students who already have scholarships are encouraged to apply as a top-up salary is available to them. The training is funded by several government and industry sources to projects lead by the Applied Soil Ecology Laboratory. For more information on this opportunity please send a detailed CV, statement of relevant experience, availability, and list of three referees by email to Dr. Mario Tenuta, Professor of Applied Soil Ecology, email@example.com, please use the subject heading “Graduate Studies Nematology”.
Postdoc Position Available in Agricultural Nematology at Michigan State University
The Agricultural Nematology Laboratory (ANL) in the Department of Horticulture is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work on integrated soil health and nutrient cycling management in small fruit production systems where virus-transmitting nematodes and fungal disease complexes are major problems. The position will be available October 15, 2016. The person who fills this position will be part of a team of plant pathologists, horticulturists and extension specialists and he/she is expected to play a pivotal role. The position will be for year, with the possibility of reappointment based on satisfactory progress. Salary will be based on Michigan State University’s pay scale. The position requires expertise to identify all nematode trophic groups to genus/family levels using traditional morphometrics as well as analytical ability to use nematode community-based data to identify treatment-induced changes in soil ecosystems and the impact on the balance between harmful and beneficial nematodes (organisms). Experience in statistical design and analysis and in setting up and executing greenhouse on-farm field experiments is required. The position will require writing manuscripts and publishing in a timely manner. Interested persons should email pdf of a) an application letter, b) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, c) statement of professional goals and objectives (one page maximum), d) names and contact information of three references, and e) copies of up to three pertinent publications to Dr. Haddish Melakeberhan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Application for ANL Postdoc Position-Small Fruits” in the Subject Line. Instructions for video interview will follow after initial screening. If selected, original transcripts will be required prior to employment. Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found. The successful candidate will have to successfully pass a background check which will verify social security number, examine local and state criminal records, and verify Ph. D. degree. Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
University of Florida Nematology Graduate Student Assistantship
A graduate student assistantship is available in Dr. Zane Grabau’s nematology lab in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. The position is available beginning Fall 2018. Florida’s $8 billion agricultural industry produces a wide variety of crops, but also faces a wide variety of highly damaging plant-parasitic nematodes making it one of the most important and interesting places to conduct nematology research. Lab research focuses primarily on plant-parasitic nematode management in Florida agronomic (cotton, peanuts, corn, etc.) and horticulture (fruit and vegetable) systems including strategies ranging from biocontrol to crop rotation to pesticide application. Lab research also seeks to improve nematode management through better understanding of plant-parasitic nematode ecology. Other lab research activities include investigating soil ecology through analysis of the entire nematode community. The University of Florida houses one of the largest and most prestigious nematology programs in the world, so graduate students benefit from being trained by a wide range of expert faculty alongside a numerous and talented pool of nematology students. Pay for the assistantship is competitive and includes benefits. Contact Dr. Zane Grabau at email@example.com for more information. University of Florida/IFAS is An Equal Opportunity Institution.