PhD Graduate Assistantship in Drosophila Genetics

Posted on December 27, 2023
Expires: April 30, 2024

A PhD student position with full financial support is available in Fall 2024 in the Zhuang Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas. Research interests in the Zhuang Lab include understanding the genetic basis of complex trait variation and novel trait evolution, involving the genetic architecture of complex diseases, the origination of genetic novelty and diversity, and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Employing molecular evolution, quantitative genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, the research group conducts studies on both model organisms and non-model organisms.

We are looking for highly motivated students who are willing to tackle fundamental questions in both basic evolutionary genetics and biomedical research. We invite interested and highly qualified candidates to apply. Please contact Dr. Zhuang ( (1) your CV; (2) a cover letter outlining research interest and experience, specifically how it is related to research focus in our lab; (3) unofficial transcripts, GRE score (if you have), and TOFEL / IELTS score (for international students).


Minimum Requirements
•        B.S. or M.S. in Biology or related fields.
•        Highly motivated individual and commitment to scientific rigorousness.

Desirable Qualifications (preferred but not required)

  •       Basic molecular biology lab skills.
  •       Basic knowledge in Genetics and Evolution.
  •      Experience working with fruit fly (Drosophila).
  •       Experience using R for data analysis.
  •       Experience analyzing omic data sets (e.g. genome, transcriptome, metabolome, etc.).


Application Information

  •       Department of Biological Sciences


About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity (R1 University). The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

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