MS / PHD STUDENTSHIP: GENES, MICROBIOME, AND BEHAVIOR We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for a MS or PhD program in our team (Adam CN Wong’s lab) at the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville, Florida.

This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in applying multi-omics, big data analytics, and molecular genetic approaches to study microbiome impacts on host behaviors in Drosophila. Our department is recently ranked #1 for Entomology by the Center for World University Rankings. We support graduate research with state-of-the-art facilities, including multi-omics facilities and the HiPerGator supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR). We are surrounded by the Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, the Emerging Pathogen Institutes, ICBR, and a few blocks away from the McKnight Brain Institute and the Center for Smell and Taste.

There are numerous opportunities for interactions with other faculty, students, and postdocs across disciplines. Our department also has strong connections with the USDA and industry, with a track record of preparing students for rewarding careers in academia and industry. Gainesville has a pleasant subtropical climate, a reasonable cost of living, and vibrant cultural activities expected of a college town. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic and collegial team with two fellow graduate students, a research assistant/lab manager, a postdoc, and several undergraduate students.

The student is expected to actively engage with our collaborators at Cornell University, Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics, and USDA-ARS Chemistry Research Unit. Qualifications and other requirements: A degree in Molecular Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Entomology, Ecology or relevant field. A keen interest in behavioral genetics and microbiome science. Committed to scientific writing and a good team player. Start date: Fall 2023.

To apply: please submit a CV, a cover letter, and up to 2 pages research statement to Dr Adam CN Wong (adamcnwong@ufl.edu), with the subject line indicating MS or PhD application. Please include contact information of at least two references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and extension mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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