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Current Openings

The Borghi lab is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.Sc./Ph.D.) in the area of flower metabolism. Research in the lab includes analysis of primary and secondary metabolites, flower metabolic responses to abiotic stresses, and the molecular mechanism underpinning their synthesis and regulation. Candidates are expected to have:

      i.         An undergraduate degree in Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Agriculture, or related disciplines.

    ii.         Knowledge of fundamentals of Chemistry/Stoichiometry/Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Plant Physiology.

   iii.         A strong motivation, a deep sense of self-responsibility and be accountable and trustworthy.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a copy of your CV, a brief statement of previous research experiences and future interests/goals, and contact information for three references to

At this time, students will be funded by teaching assistantships but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding.

The Kapheim Lab ( at Utah State University is recruiting a PhD student to study the relationship between life history evolution and social behavior in bees starting Fall 2022. The project will focus on the facultatively eusocial bee, Megalopta genalis, with a combination of behavioral field work, physiological assays, and analyses of gene expression. Field work will be conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama ( Potential students interested in social evolution and with a desire to develop skills in behavioral ecology, physiology, and bioinformatics are encouraged to apply.

The position comes with a competitive support package including research and travel funding, salary, tuition waivers, and health insurance. The position will be open until filled, but applications should be completed by Dec. 15 to be included in the Department of Biology Recruiting events (

The Kapheim Lab is a collaborative group of scientists who are committed to cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia while promoting professional, scientific, and personal growth for every member of our team. More information, including our Code of Conduct and mentoring policies can be found on the lab website. Potential applicants should please send a brief email to Dr. Kapheim ( with a CV and brief statement of interest that describes why you are interested in the research and graduate school more generally. Please also feel free to email with any questions.


The Jones lab is currently seeking graduate students. Potential projects are diverse and include: The study of transgenic spider silk/silkworm silk glandular protein structure and characterization, genetically engineering silkworms to incorporate novel proteins into their silk, and the development of novel immortalized cell lines with an emphasis on protein expression. Techniques and research areas will include synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and protein structure determination techniques, including Rheo-Raman. The projects involve novel and cutting-edge concepts and techniques with applicability beyond basic research. Candidates with interest and/or experience in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Students will be funded through teaching assistantships. Before applying, interested students are encouraged to review admission requirements for the Department of Biology (admission requirements under the “Requirements” heading). Interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jones ( with a letter of interest, their CV, and contact information for two references. The Jones Laboratory is diverse and inclusive, and we encourage women, minorities, those with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

The Saarman lab is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.S./Ph.D.). Research areas include ecological genomics and landscape genetics/genomics in sand flies in the Magdalena Valley in Colombia. Sand flies are the vectors of leishmaniasis, and there are sever gaps in knowledge of their distribution, ecological genomics, and vectorial capacity. Candidates are expected to have 1) an undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or related fields 2) strong verbal and written communication skills, 3) the ability to work independently and in a collaborative team, and 4) a strong interest in ecological genomics, landscape genetics, and/or population genetics. Individuals who speak Spanish and have experience with spatial modeling are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit to get acquainted with our research, then email Dr. Norah Saarman ( 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 offers excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. Masters and PhD students are provided with a competitive stipend, tuition coverage, and benefits (throughout the year including the summer). At this time, students in the Saarman lab will be funded by teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding and doctoral dissertation improvement grants. 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 to numerous National Parks across Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Please visit the lab webpage for more information: To contact Dr Saarman (

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.

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

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