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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Work With an Invert! - Scallop Eye Evolution PhD

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship, Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Iowa State University

A graduate research assistantship is available for Fall 2008 to support a Ph.D. student interested in studying the evolution of developmental mechanisms. Our lab is using the scallop, a novel molluscan model, to study the evolution of the eye. Ongoing and future projects aimed at understanding the evolution of the eye and the development of the nervous system in scallops include laboratory and field experiments. Ultimately, we wish to understand how genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying structural complexity evolve. The position will be located at Iowa State University in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanne Serb.

Applicants should be enthusiastic and capable of working independently. Prior experience with DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, in situ hybridization, and DNA sequencing is preferred. The successful candidate will play a significant role in developing his/her research project. All prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Jeanne Serb via e-mail (serb::at::iastate::dot::edu). Please include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests and relevant experience, and the names and email addresses of three

Applicants should apply to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) graduate program through the department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. For Fall 2008 admittance, formal graduate applications should be received by 1 January 2008.

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