PhD Assistantship, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Application Deadline: Application deadline is September 1, 2021, but may close earlier if a suitable candidate is identified. Interested applications are encouraged to apply as soon as possible with applications to be reviewed immediately.
Position Start Date: Between September 1, 2021 and February 1, 2022.
Position Details Erin Sparks’ laboratory at the University of Delaware is seeking a PhD student for an interdisciplinary project that aims to link the genetic underpinnings of brace root development to function. The Sparks lab focuses on the development, function, and environmental regulation of brace roots in maize (Zea mays) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). This project will integrate molecular biology, plant biomechanics, and high-throughput phenotyping techniques to address fundamental questions in root biology. Additional information about the lab, research, and PI expectations are outlined on the Sparks Website (www.braceroots.com).
The position is located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), a multidisciplinary research facility with world-class researchers and core facilities. The University of Delaware is located in scenic Newark, DE, an excellent geographic location within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. This is a PhD research assistantship that is fully funded for 4-years.
B.S. degree in biology, plant biology, or a related field, received or expected before start date.
Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Previous experience in a research setting.
Applicant must be able to work both independently and with others within a research team.
Applicant must be able to perform field work outdoors in high summer heat conditions, and wet/humid or dry conditions.
Applicants interested in open science and research transparency are particularly encouraged to apply.
M.S. degree in biology, plant biology, or a related field with a record of publication.
To Apply Please send a cover letter, CV, transcripts, and contact information for three references as a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter should indicate why you are interested in the position, and how you meet the requirements outlined above. Failure to follow these instructions will immediately disqualify your application.
After selection by the Sparks lab, the successful candidate will submit their application to the University of Delaware for official admission into the graduate program. Note that the GRE exam is no longer required for the graduate program in Plant and Soil Sciences.