The Becker lab at the University of Alabama is seeking a highly motivated 
PhD or MS student to begin in Fall 2018. 
 
Research will focus on the integrative mechanisms that underlie host-
pathogen-microbiome interactions in amphibians. The student will conduct 
fieldwork and/or laboratory experiments in tropical and/or temperate 
systems to understand how environmental change and biotic forces impact the 
risk of chytridiomycosis in amphibians with aquatic larvae and direct 
development. Research will involve fungal culturing, molecular analyses of 
host skin microbiota, laboratory and field experiments, data management and 
analysis, manuscript preparation and submission, and animal care.
 
Applicants should have a background in many of the following: evolutionary 
and disease ecology, molecular techniques, statistics, GIS, and fieldwork 
under challenging environmental conditions. Successful applicants will 
demonstrate an ability to conduct independent field and laboratory research 
and to  publish peer-reviewed journal articles.
 
All application materials should be completed online via the University of 
Alabama Graduate School application 
portal:https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/
 
The position includes a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12-month stipend 
and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant 
through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants 
may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research 
Assistantship during the student’s first year. Funding for summer fieldwork 
expenses and conference attendance is available.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the 
position is filled. 
 
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Gui Becker’s profile page: https://bsc.ua.edu/profiles/gui-becker/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu
Tuscaloosa: http://www.tuscaloosa.com/visitor-services
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