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University of Nevada, Reno: Graduate Student Position Available

(posted 2017-11-08)

Climate Change/ Host-Pathogen Interactions/Amphibian Conservation

The Voyles lab at University of Nevada, Reno is seeking a graduate student to participate in a federally-funded project investigating climate and disease dynamics in amphibian chytrdiomycosis. The successful student will collaborate with project PIs at University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara on projects focused on amphibian host immune systems and the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. A central aim of this research is to determine how hosts and pathogens may respond to changes in climate in New Mexico. Outcomes of this work will likely help shape conservation strategies for amphibians in this region.

Potential projects will include one or all of the following: (1) field studies focused on understanding seasonal patterns in amphibian communities at multiple sites in New Mexico, (2) mesocosm studies to simulate drying scenarios and temperature fluctuations (3) laboratory research to investigate pathogen responses to simulated temperature conditions.

The position is open for students at Master's or Doctoral levels. The ideal candidate will have research experience in infectious disease, including field and laboratory skills, as well as a strong background in experimental design, data analysis, and writing for publication in scientific journals. The successful candidate must have a current US passport, a current driver's license (some skills in operation of 4x4 field vehicles preferred), or be able to obtain both documents by the start of the position.

The position is available starting in spring, summer, or fall 2017 (exact date will be negotiable and depend on timing of field work and acceptance in UNR graduate school).

To apply, please send (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests/experiences, and (4) names and contact information for three references to Dr. Jamie Voyles ( with the following description in the subject line:

Application for Graduate Position (Last Name)

Review of applications will begin November 28, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information on Voyles Lab research projects, please visit our websites at:

For questions regarding this ad, please contact Dr. Jamie Voyles ( for questions.