The Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming seeks a 
PhD student to join a new research program investigating bacterial 
infections in Bighorn sheep herds. The goal of the project is to compare 
the sero-prevalence of bacteria associated with reproductive disease, 
determine biotypes of bacteria associated with respiratory disease, and 
evaluate the nasal and tonsillar microbiomes of different Bighorn sheep 
populations in Wyoming. The project will primarily include laboratory work 
(bacterial culture, DNA extractions, PCR, ELISA, mass spectrometry, and 
sequencing analyses), and may require fieldwork (collecting blood samples 
and tonsillar/nasal swabs). Desirable candidates will have some 
familiarity with molecular techniques, as well as a demonstrated interest 
in animal disease. Preferable candidates will be inquisitive, have strong 
communication and problem solving skills, and be able to work 
independently. The position comprises a graduate assistantship, medical 
insurance, and tuition waiver. It is available to begin during summer 

Applicants with a relevant Master’s degree are preferred. To apply for 
this position: send a current curriculum vitae and letter of 
interest/career goals, unofficial transcripts of all college coursework, 
GRE scores, and the names and contact information for three professional 
references to:

Dr. Kerry Sondgeroth, University of Wyoming, Wyoming State Veterinary 
Laboratory, 1174 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, WY 82070 USA, 
( Please contact Dr. Sondgeroth with any questions 
about this position. Review of applicants will begin immediately and 
continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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