We are currently recruiting new members! Check out the positions below. Job advertisements will be out in early Fall 2018. Underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply. Contact Nic with inquiries (Nicholas.Kooyers@louisiana.edu)
Lab Technician/Manager - Starting January 2019 - If I am the coach of this team, I view this position as the quarterback. In this position you will have a hand in all the projects in the lab. You will be trained in molecular bench skills and next-generation sequencing techniques. Plant care and managing greenhouse common garden studies will also be a portion of your job. There will be opportunity for field work in Oregon and California. Most importantly, you will be the day to day manager of the lab, supervising and working with undergraduate researchers and facilitating logistics for graduate students. Your qualifications should include previous research experience (preferably in evolutionary biology or plant sciences), some molecular bench skills (DNA extractions, PCR, NGS library construction), and excellent collaboration and leadership qualities.
Masters and/or PhD students - Fall 2019 - I am hoping to recruit 1-2 graduate students to start either in the summer or fall of 2019. I believe in providing graduate students (PhD in particular) with a large degree of flexibility in choosing a dissertation project as long as it fits under the umbrella of the lab's interests. For specific areas of research currently in the lab, see the research tab above. UL-Lafayette is an excellent place to be an evolutionary biology graduate student. We have relatively low TA loads, five years of guaranteed funding, and many fellowships available. Lafayette is a really cool college town that is the center of cajun culture. The food, weather, and the people are all warm. This culture also harbors a strong appreciation of our local natural resources.