Join the lab!

I’m always looking for curious, dedicated and creative minds (with exceptional fish hands…) to join the lab. Generally, if you’re interested in getting involved in the research going on in the lab, please send an up to date CV, including three references, and a brief research statement of the types of questions you’d be interested in developing in my lab. I also like to see a writing sample – a peer-reviewed publication being ideal! This applies if you’d like to join as an undergrad, grad student or post-doc.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu

Graduate (PhD) student in host-parasite eco-evolutionary dynamics

I am looking for a PhD student to join the lab, particularly with demonstrated interest in host-parasite co-evolutionary dynamics, and infectious disease transmission dynamics. Specifically, the student will address the role of individual variation between hosts in their response to infection on transmission dynamics and evolutionary trajectory of the parasite. Within this remit there is ample possibility of developing your own research direction. Approaches can include lab experiments (transmission, behaviour, breeding), field surveys and experiments (in the fish/parasite native range of the Caribbean and northern South America), combined with modeling. I have developed key resources with which to tackle a variety of outstanding questions: selected lines of the guppy Poecilia reticulata that differ in their resistance and tolerance to infection with the ectoparasitic monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli; and a recently assembled good quality draft genome of the parasite

All graduate students in the Biosciences department at the University of Pittsburgh are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research assistantships. Although funding from the lab itself is available, I expect all prospective students to apply for external funding.

The details on how to apply to the Pitt graduate programs are here, along with more details on the graduate programs in the department. Before applying, please send me an up to date CV, including three references, and a brief research statement of the types of questions you’d be interested in developing in my lab. I also like to see a writing sample – a peer-reviewed publication being ideal.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu

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