The Stauffer Lab in the Dept. of Biology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette is recruiting for one graduate student (Ph.D.-level preferred) to begin in Summer 2020. Interested applicants should have research interests in the areas of phytoplankton community dynamics, plankton and marine food webs, and coastal biological oceanography. Current projects in the lab focus on bottom-up and top-down controls on phytoplankton communities in nearshore, coastal, and oceanic environments. Our lab uses a variety of techniques including the classical (microscopy, etc.) and the modern (flow cytometry, etc.) both in the lab and in the field and works heavily in the Gulf of Mexico. Students should have relevant previous research experience and/or a Masters degree in a relevant field.
Please email Dr. Stauffer (email@example.com) directly if you're interested in this opportunity, including a brief description of your research interests, relevant experience, and current CV or resume. Graduate student funding for up to 2 years will be through a research assistantship on a collaborative project with oyster biologists funded by Louisiana Sea Grant. Additional years will be funded through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and there are several competitive fellowships for which well-qualified students can be considered. The selected student will also be expected to participate in the Louisiana Sea Grant Graduate Research Scholars program (https://www.laseagrant.org/outreach/ladia/scholars/). Students from underrepresented groups in science and first-generation graduate students are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Biology has approximately 75 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. Find out more about the department (www.biology.louisiana.edu), graduate school (www.gradschool.louisiana.edu), and Stauffer Lab (www.staufferlab.com). The deadline to apply to the graduate program is 1 Feb 2020; however, earlier applications are highly encouraged.