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PhD position Opening for Fall 2019/January 2020: Wildlife Population Genomics and Disease Ecology

PhD position Opening for Fall 2019/January 2020: Wildlife Population Genomics and Disease Ecology

Position filled


PhD student position is available for Fall 2019/January 2020 for research and training in wildlife population genomics, conservation genetics, and disease ecology at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie.

The position will be primarily lab-based and mentored within two labs: the Holly Ernest Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Lab and the Jennifer Malmberg Wildlife Pathology and Genomics Lab in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and the UW Graduate Program in Ecology (PiE; Research will use genomic, genetic and diagnostic methods to study wildlife population ecology and disease ecology in the Rocky Mountain West and/or California, with project either in large mammal or avian species.


The Ernest and Malmberg Labs are dynamic and highly collaborative and maintain affiliations with Colorado State University, University of California Davis and other academic institutions, as well as state, federal, and non-governmental agencies. There are many opportunities to work with recognized leaders who apply excellence in science toward wildlife conservation and management. There are opportunities for an added academic minor in Environment and Natural Resources:  In addition to research and course work, responsibilities may include teaching (TA-ing), lab maintenance tasks, and mentoring other students. Quality mentorship of trainees is a priority for us. University of Wyoming hosts excellent wildlife and ecology science and a collegial academic atmosphere. Laramie is a wonderful college town of ~ 30,000 and offers easy access to the Rocky Mountains and outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, climbing, birding, and fishing & hunting.


To apply for this position please do three things: 1) Carefully review the position and required qualifications as listed on the pdf here; 2) email a cover letter of introduction and C.V. to and 3) submit an electronic application to UW and note that your application is directed to Dr. Ernest and Dr. Malmberg:  then click “Graduate Application” to arrive at: Applicants can temporarily upload documents without the need to pay the $50 application fee until notified that they are finalists for the position.  At the UW application site, please upload your cover letter detailing how your background and training fulfills the required qualifications, C.V., unofficial transcripts for all college work, and everything you can upload short of paying the application fee.  Finalists for the position will be notified and asked to finalize their UW online application with 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, official GRE’s, etc. as well as $50 application fee.


The application cover letter should include educational and research background, details on how your background fulfills the required qualifications, PhD research and study interests as regards to wildlife population genomics, ecology, and disease ecology; career goals, specific interests in our labs, GPA (overall and science/math) and GRE (raw and percentile scores), your address, email, cell phone, and names for at least three research/academic-related references including MS adviser, with their contact information (name, position, email, phone, institutional affiliation, website, and research area).  GRE’s must have been taken after Sep 2014, (within 5 years) and please include both percentiles and raw scores for all GRE’s taken.  Applications reviews will begin as soon as received, position may remain open until filled.  We are sorry but this position is not available for students outside the US and Canada.  Feel free to email Dr. Ernest with inquiries – look forward to your application!

PhD Student Opening: For pdf of PhD student Fall 2019 opening and application procedures – click here



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Last Updated 5/17/2019