Synthetic Ecology & the Evolution of Symbiosis
Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students. The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic. We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see publications).
Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated, and disciplined students with an appetite for discovery and adventure to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, Eco-Evo-Devo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, applied microbiology, and the ecology and biodiversity of microbial consortia in laboratory and field contexts. We offer students substantial flexibility to define their own research project(s) and/or to contribute to one or more ongoing projects in our growing research portfolio. Members of our lab come from all over the world and we are deeply committed to community outreach and the continual expansion of our international collaborations (e.g., see our NSF-supported GoLife project). Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits. The desired start date for these positions is August 2018.
The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie R1 institution in an exciting phase of growth. The university is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 1 hr south of Memphis, TN. The comedian, Lewis Black, described it best when he said: “Oxford is to Mississippi what Austin is to Texas” (although on a smaller scale!). Oxford is not only about football and baseball, but is also home to a vibrant music, arts, and literary community with strong historic ties to William Faulkner and The Blues. Oxford is a fun, highly liveable, family-friendly university town!
We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Those with a particular interest in STEM education and outreach within an underserved region are also highly encouraged to apply—there are great opportunities to serve.
Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here.
For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (see email address below; +1-662-915-1731), preferably before January 16, 2018.
To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes:
1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience,
2) your curriculum vitae,
3) a scientific writing sample,
4) school transcript(s),
5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should be >150), and
6) contact information for at least 3 references.
If you are:
• a MS high school student interested in a summer research experience, check out: ARISE@UM
• an undergraduate interested in working in the lab during the year, over the summer, or for an Honor's thesis
• looking for a postdoctoral research experience (or the like)
• interested in a visiting the lab
...you are welcome to contact Dr. Hom directly with an enquiry (see email link in footer).