Student Opportunity Announcements
PhD Student Assistantship, Microbial Oceanography
The microbial oceanography group at the Duke Marine Laboratory, a part of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, invites applications for its PhD program for students matriculating in Fall 2013. We broadly study the abundance, diversity and activity of marine microbes from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. We are biological oceanographers, marine molecular ecologists, marine microbiologists and biogeochemists and our research spans from single cell analyses in the laboratory to global ocean surveys aboard research vessels. Our research focuses on the marine cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus, the most abundant phytoplankton in the open oceans and an excellent model marine microbe.
Prospective applicants, who should be hard-working and independent, have a track record of success and want to work as part of team of scientists with diverse backgrounds but similar interests, are strongly encouraged to contact us directly before applying. Prospective graduate students interested in joining the laboratory can apply through the Division of Marine Sciences or the Ecology Program at Duke University. Graduate education in both programs focuses on using quantitative techniques including using mathematics and computational approaches such as bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics among others, but also bench and field science. Prospective students who apply should have a strong background in math, statistics, computation (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python) or other quantitative approaches, or a desire to acquire these skills in graduate school.
For more information on opportunities for PhD students, please consult our website or contact us directly. The application deadline is December 8, 2012.