The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida (UF) is currently recruiting motivated Ph.D. students for Fall 2018. We are seeking students to study basic and applied aspects of plant-microbe interactions within the context of agricultural systems. UF Plant Pathology offers a dynamic research environment that includes 35 faculty advisors and a vibrant, diverse graduate student population. The Department is headquartered at the main campus in Gainesville, Florida but many faculty are distributed across the state at nine of our Research and Education Centers. Due to Florida’s diverse climate, research in our department addresses a variety of plant pathogenic microbes on crops ranging from tomatoes and watermelons to sugarcane and avocados. Florida is also second in the nation in the production of greenhouse and nursery crops. Because Florida is the US epicenter for citrus greening (Huanglongbing, HLB), our department has several ongoing projects that are focused on understanding and fighting this important citrus disease. The wide array of crop-pathogen interactions in Florida provides unique opportunities for students in terms of research, extension, and hands-on education.
Starting in Fall 2019, we have highly competitive graduate assistantships available in many areas of research, including disease modeling and food security, molecular and genomic aspects of plant responses to disease and drought, pathogen evolution and population structure, and comparative microbial genomics and metagenomics.
Graduate student applications are due December 1, 2018 and accepted students will begin the Ph.D. program in August 2019. We may consider applications submitted after this deadline. Graduate student assistantships include a competitive stipend and health care coverage. We are seeking students with:
- A passion for biology and a BS or MS degree in an appropriate biological science
- Appropriate GPA and GRE scores
- Strong written and spoken English language skills
- Field and/or laboratory experience appropriate for research in Plant Pathology
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to complete projects
To find out more about the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida and our graduate programs, please visit: http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/ or contact our student services coordinator, Jessica Ulloa <email@example.com>