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Graduate students

The Beinart lab is looking for a PhD student interested in the ecology of bacterial-animal symbioses at hydrothermal vents. The project includes the opportunity to use genomics/metagenomics to examine the diversity, distribution, and population structure of the bacterial symbionts associated with hydrothermal vent animals, both in their free-living state in the environment and when associated with their hosts, as well as to assess patterns of symbiont association across host developmental stages. Applicants should have MSc and/or undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in microbiology, bioinformatics, marine biology and/or computer science, and an interest in participating in a sea-going research cruise.

The Beinart lab is also broadly looking for Msc students interested in the ecology and physiology of the microbial symbionts of aquatic organisms. Applicants should have undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in microbiology, bioinformatics, marine biology, biology, and/or computer science. Projects could involve assessing the diversity and physiology of the chemosynthetic symbionts associated with marine animals, or the prokaryotic symbionts of anaerobic protists. Projects will likely include, but are not limited to: analysis of genomic and transcriptomic sequences, as well as laboratory or shipboard physiological experiments.

Both positions include funding for tuition and salary. If interested, please send a short research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart (rbeinart@uri.edu) with the subject line “PhD position” or “Msc position”, as appropriate.

For more general information about applying to graduate programs, I suggest reading these helpful articles:

Casey Dunn's Medium article "Applying to Biology PhD programs" 

and the long list of blog posts about this topic on Joan Strassmann's blog Sociobiology

Postdoctoral Researchers

The Beinart lab welcomes inquiries from prospective postdocs interested in applying for external, independent funding. If interested, please send a research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart (rbeinart@uri.edu) with the subject line "Postdoc research".

Undergraduate Researchers

The Beinart lab is looking for motivated and curious undergraduate researchers to work on a variety of projects involving marine microbial symbioses. A background in biology, marine biology, computer science, bioinformatics, and/or ocean engineering would be appreciated, but is not required.  If interested, please send a short research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart (rbeinart@uri.edu) with the subject line "Undergrad research".

For general advice about finding a lab to work in as an undergraduate, I suggest reading Joan Strassmann's blog post "You want to do research but how do you begin?"