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Current Openings

The Freeman lab is currently recruiting PhD students for the Biology or Neuroscience PhD programs to investigate the neurobiological basis of social attachment across a variety of species, including canids, primates, and humans. Candidates are expected to have 1) an undergraduate degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, or related disciplines, 2) strong verbal and written communication skills, 3) the ability to work independently and in a collaborative team, and 4) a strong interest in behavioral neuroendocrinology, comparative neuroanatomy, and/or biological psychology. Individuals with experience with the experimental quantification of social behavior in animals and/or the histological processing of brain tissue are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please email Dr. Sara Freeman ( and send an up-to-date CV, a brief (1-page or less) statement of previous research experiences and future interests/goals, an unofficial undergraduate transcript, and contact information for 3 references.

The Department of Biology and the Neuroscience PhD Program at USU both offer excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. PhD students are provided with a competitive stipend, tuition coverage, and benefits for up to 6 years through a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. USU is located in the city of Logan in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, which offers a reasonable cost of living, abundant recreation opportunities across all four seasons, and incredible access (a day’s drive or less) to numerous National Parks across Utah, Montana, and Wyoming, such as Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Canyonlands, and Arches, among others.

The Bernhardt lab is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.S./Ph.D.). Research areas include molecular evolution of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and sand flies, fitness costs associated with insecticide resistance, and evaluating field profiles. Preferred qualifications include a background in evolution, molecular biology, entomology, genomics, and the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Students are funded by teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding and doctoral dissertation improvement grants. Before applying, contact Dr. Scott Bernhardt ( with your interest.

The Bobeck lab is currently looking for graduate students to study the neurobiology of pain and opioid tolerance and addiction using imaging, molecular, and behavioral techniques. Candidates with experience in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information see and email Dr. Erin Bobeck ( your CV, research interest statement, and contact information for 3 references.


Graduate positions are available in the research group of Dr. Noelle G. Beckman in the Department of Biology and Ecology Center at Utah State University. The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. The research group uses a combination of empirical and quantitative approaches to address our research questions. Examples of ongoing projects include: 1) synthesizing data with mathematical models to predict extinction risk of plant species to climate change, 2) understanding the importance of seed dispersal under global change, and 3) examining the influence of dispersal and plant consumers on plant spatial patterns. Before applying, interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. The Beckman Lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. More details about the position 


Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

This funding is available for all degrees, MS and PhD in Biology and Ecology. For more information see .