Description The Komatsu lab at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro is seeking applicants for a funded PhD starting in fall 2023. Our lab studies how terrestrial communities are being altered by global change factors, including climate change, nutrient pollution, and altered land management. We work in grasslands, forests, and agroecosystems across the United States and investigate plant competition and traits, plant-herbivore interactions, and legume-rhizobial symbiosis.

Qualifications BS/BA in a subject related to biology or ecology required. Preferred previous experience with plant community ecology, including field and/or lab research.

We are interested in working with students to develop their own dissertation projects within the scope of our lab’s research themes. Interested students should email Kim Komatsu ( by December 20th with a brief summary of your past research experience and why you’re interested in joining our lab, as well as a CV. Formal applications are due through the UNCG system by January 15th, and include official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a CV.

Contact Person Kimberly Komatsu Contact eMail

Salary $25,000 9-month salary, with expectation of an additional $5500 summer salary

Start Date 08/01/2023

Last Date to Apply 01/15/2023

We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, knowing that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, and experiences to this position. You can learn more about our lab’s position on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility here:

More information about the PhD program and how to apply can be found here:

You can learn more about our current research projects here:

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