The Gugger Lab ( at the University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a motivated Ph.D.
student to develop a dissertation project on ecological genomics of trees.
The lab uses next-generation sequencing approaches to understand how
populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental
change, the molecular basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing
population divergence, the role of hybridization in adaptation and
speciation, and implications for conservation under global change.

The ideal applicant will have prior research experience in population
genetics or plant ecology/evolution, molecular laboratory skills, strong
quantitative skills, and interest in learning basic bioinformatics. A
Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.

The Ph.D. student will matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and
Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program ( at
the University of Maryland, College Park but will reside at the Appalachian
Laboratory in Frostburg (western MD, for the
duration of the degree. Three years of support are available through
research assistantships, with additional support through competitive
teaching assistantships and fellowships (e.g.,
education/graduate/fellowships). Starting date can be as soon as January
2017 and no later than August 2017.

If interested, please email Paul Gugger ( a single PDF
containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact
information for three references. Please indicate “Genomics PhD position”
in your subject line.

UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE.  Individuals with disabilities,
veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. This ad is also
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