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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Work With an Invert! - Horse Fly Systematics PhD


***Graduate Research Assistantship: - Systematics and Taxonomy of Horse flies***

We are seeking applicants to fill a PhD graduate research Assistantship
to study horse fly (Diptera:Tabanidae) systematics and evolution as part
of a National Science Foundation PEET Award (Partnerships to Enhance
Expertise in Taxonomy).

Tabanid PEET homepage: (
NSF Award: (

Candidates should have a strong interest in systematics and revisionary
taxonomy; previous experience in entomology, morphology, bioinformatics,
outreach, or molecular systematics is a plus. In addition to their
taxonomic work on Tabanidae, each trainee will be asked to specialize in
one of three general areas: bioinformatic techniques,
computational/analytical phylogenetics, or natural history teaching and
outreach. Additionally, the student must satisfy requirements for
admittance to the NSCU Entomology graduate program. Prospective students
should have good written and oral communication skills, good personal
skills, familiarity with computers and be willing to travel overseas.

North Carolina State University has one of the top rated Entomology
programs in the Nation. As a node of the Research Triangle, NCSU also
benefits from a large community of Evolutionary biologists and close
proximity and affiliation with the National Evolutionary Synthesis
Center (NESCent). The student will become part of the Wiegmann Diptera
Systematics research team at NCSU.

To apply, please send an email to Brian Wiegmann (bwiegman:at:ncsu:dot:edu),
cc: (simorita:at:ncsu:dot:edu) with the subject line "Application for PEET
studentship" and include:

1. CV (max 2 pages)
2. Contact details for two references (email and mailing address)
3. A short paragraph describing your interest in the Tabanid PEET project

For more information, please contact Dr. Wiegmann (bwiegman:at:ncsu:dot:edu) or
Dr. Morita (simorita:at:ncsu:dot:edu).

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