Current Openings and Opportunities for Graduate Students

Research Opportunities

Traineeship Program
NSF-funded research traineeship program is available to graduate students in Biology. Both PhD and MS students are invited to apply. Apply and learn more at the Climate Adaptation Science site.


PhD Assistantships (2): Applied Entomology and Insect Ecology
The Ramirez Lab at Utah State University seeks two highly qualified and motivated individuals wishing to pursue a graduate degree in the areas of applied entomology, biological control, and insect phenology and behavior beginning Spring Semester 2023 (preferably) or Summer 2023. The successful applicant will investigate ecological interactions with natural enemies as it relates to phenology and behavior in the West and the suppression of herbivorous arthropods in agronomic crops. One of the assistantships will also focus on landscape modeling to evaluate the impacts of the environment and pesticide use on the success of biological control. This USDA funded project is a collaborative effort with the University of Arizona. 
Required qualifications include a background in entomology, ecology, plant sciences, agriculture, or related field, experience with field research, exposure to statistics, GIS and landscape modeling in the case of one assistantship, and an ability to work in a collaborative environment. The graduate assistantships include an annual stipend and tuition waiver. 
Want to know more? Contact Dr. Ricardo Ramirez ( 
Please provide a CV/resume (include GPA), a statement of purpose, and contact information for three references in your email. Review of applications will begin October 17 and continue until the positions are filled. 
Utah State University is a land-grant institution located in Logan, UT. Learn more about USU biology at and the Ramirez Lab at

Graduate research position in Flower Metabolism
The Borghi lab is currently seeking one Master's student with the possibility to transition to a Ph.D. The potential project includes analysis of transcriptomes from Arabidopsis flowers followed by validation experiments using T-DNA mutant lines, analysis of gene and protein expression and localization, and measurements of flower metabolites. Candidates with experience or a strong interest in bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Students will be funded through a combination of teaching assistantships and PI funds. Before applying, interested students must review the requirements for admission ( Qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Borghi ( with a letter of interest, their CV, and contact information for references. 

Graduate Opportunity in Protein Based Biomaterials
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.

Graduate Research Position in Medical Entomology
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.