Ph.D. position: Theoretical/Quantitative Disease Ecology
The Turner lab (www.wendyturner.org) at the University at Albany, SUNY seeks a highly motivated Ph.D. student in theoretical or quantitative disease ecology, to start Fall (or Spring) 2019. This Ph.D. project is part of an NSF-funded collaboration into the transmission and evolution of anthrax in southern Africa with co-PIs Pauline Kamath at the University of Maine (https://kamathlab.weebly.com/) and Henriette van Heerden at the University of Pretoria (https://www.up.ac.za/veterinary-tropical-diseases/article/1945572/h-van-heerden). This Ph.D. project will study ecological and evolutionary interactions between Bacillus anthracis and its herbivorous hosts, contrasting two ecosystems varying in anthrax outbreak dynamics, Etosha National Park, Namibia and Kruger National Park, South Africa. Competitive applicants will have previous research experience, a strong quantitative background with the skills to confront models with data (programing, statistical modeling, and/or theoretical modeling), an interest in conducting fieldwork on charismatic megafauna in African savannas, and the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team. The collaborative project team is studying pathogen landscape genomics over decades in each system, host immunogenetics and ecoimmunology, host movement and foraging ecology, population density, and environment, host and pathogen influences on outbreak dynamics. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Wendy Turner (wcturner at albany.edu) for more information. Applications must be submitted through UAlbany’s Biology department (https://www.albany.edu/biology/graduate/phd-biology-eeb.shtml); the application deadline for fall admission is December 31, 2018. The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.