Virginia Tech is inviting applications for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center and School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. This position is on the Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG), an international consortium fighting against an emerging disease of boxwood, an iconic landscape plant, major evergreen nursery crop, and keystone forest species. Specifically, this position will focus on boxwood microbiome and/or community-based epidemiology. The selectee will work closely with in-house microbiome scientists, plant pathologists and epidemiologists in Virginia Beach, VA, and also with those on the BBIG team across the U.S. and the world.

This GRA position comes with full stipend and tuition. Individuals with interest and training in plant pathology, microbiology, plant science, molecular biology or related field are encouraged to apply directly to the Virginia Tech Graduate School at Complete application package should include (i) a resume with a list of original research publications, (ii) personal statement about your passion, professional goals and plan to achieve those goals, (iii) transcripts, and (iv) three references. Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2022 and continue until an suitable applicant is identified.

Please visit the BBIG website at for more details about this transdisciplinary team and their ongoing project. For further questions, please contact Dr. Chuan Hong by email at or by phone at 757-363-3908.

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