Project Description – Effects of small signaling peptides on the Medicago truncatula nodule methylome. I am looking for one graduate student to work on a USDA-NIFA funded project starting August 2022 (Fall semester) or January 2023 (Spring Semester) at Tennessee State University. The student will work on the model legume Medicago truncatula to uncover fundamental genetic mechanisms underlying interactions with beneficial rhizobia.

We will use molecular biological techniques to understand the role of peptide hormones and how they influence DNA methylation patterns during root nodule symbiosis. Applications from a diverse group of individuals, especially women of color are very welcome and highly encouraged. Candidate for an Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (Tennessee State University).
Students can enroll in the newly established PhD in Agricultural sciences offered by the College of Agriculture. Expected duration of the PhD in Agricultural Sciences is 3+1 years.

Course work is expected to be completed within two semesters or one year.
• Students with an interest in Molecular Biology and Plant Science are preferred.
• Excellent record keeping, and organizational skills is required.
• Fluency in reading and writing in English is desirable.
• Ph.D. Candidate must have thesis-based master’s degree from an accredited university to be considered for a PhD degree. College of Agriculture, Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and is ranked as an R2 University (Doctoral Universities – High research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The project offers a competitive stipend equivalent to $2400 per month (Ph.D. Degree for 3+1 years), and the student is eligible for in-state tuition rates. This project will cover one year of the student’s tuition which is the expected duration to compete the full course work required to meet the PhD candidacy. Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO (affirmative action and equal employment opportunity) employer.

Live and work in Nashville, TN Nashville is the capital city of the southern US state of Tennessee. It is one of the Top 20 places to live and work within USA but has a considerably lower cost of living compared to other major US cities. Nashville is home to 17 different universities and colleges and is also the seat of a vibrant music industry, hence the nickname ‘Music city’.

Admission Requirements:

The following items are required for admissions by the graduate school at the Tennessee State University: Statement of Purpose: Describing academic background, previous research experience, current research interests and career goals. CV: Listing education, work, volunteer, and other relevant experiences (1-2 pages). Letters of recommendation: Three (from a former teacher or academic mentor or supervisor). Email addresses of referees will be requested during the interview. Proof of English proficiency:

For international students from non-English speaking countries, proof of proficiency in English is required (IELTS/TOEFL). A minimum quality grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale. A minimum score of 290 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative, or verbal, quantitative and subject), or 370 on the MAT (for US MS applicants).

Please submit your cover letter, CV, a brief statement of educational/research experience and contact information of three references, by e-mail as a single PDF to Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via zoom.

Applicants can begin working on the project starting August 2022 or January 2023. Informal enquiries about the project are encouraged via email to Website:

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