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Ph.D. Position in Bacteria Pathogenesis

A Ph.D. position is available at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA (http://www.tamucc.edu). Known locally as The Island University, TAMU-CC is a premier research institution ideally located on the Gulf of Mexico. The candidate will pursue a Ph.D. in the Marine Biology Program (http://marinebiology.tamucc.edu), which is part of a unique Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP) between three Texas A&M University campuses: Corpus Christi, Galveston, and College Station. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers a vibrant and culturally diverse research experience.

The successful applicant will conduct research related to bacterial genomics, pathogenesis and molecular biology. The project entails dissecting the contribution of a novel bacteriophage in modulating cold-shock adaptation and animal model colonization using molecular cloning and gene knock-out/complementation techniques in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a bacterial pathogen of human and ecological relevance. The project will be a collaborative NIH-funded project between Dr. Jeffrey Turner (TAMU-CC) and Dr. Daniele Provenzano (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV).

The minimum requirement is a M.S. degree with emphasis in Microbiology, Bacterial Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in animal model colonization and gene knock-out/complementation assays. The position is available beginning January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant is guaranteed a Graduate Research Assistantship that is accompanied by paid tuition and a generous stipend. Please email Dr. Jeffrey Turner (jeffrey.turner@tamucc.edu) and Dr. Daniele Provenzano (daniele.provenzano@utrgv.edu) to be considered for the position. Include a statement of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.