Graduate Assistantship in Biology at Texas Tech University

The medical entomology lab at the Texas Tech University Department of Biology in Lubbock, TX is seeking highly motivated students to start a Ph.D. program as early as Summer 2020 ( Students will work on a project focused on the investigation of the interaction of bacterial symbionts and pathogen infections in ticks, mosquitoes, and/or biting midges. The project will be performed in collaboration with the USDA arthropod borne diseases research center in Manhattan Kansas and the University of Reno Nevada. Applicants  should have a strong interest in insect symbiosis, next-generation sequencing, insect rearing, molecular biology, and microbiology. Projects have some flexibility and can be designed around the students interests. Stipends and tuition assistance will be available.

Texas Tech University is a public research university with an enrollment of over 35,000. It offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 100 masters and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech is the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of Texas and is the state’s only campus with an adjoining research university, law school, and medical school. Texas Tech students come from almost every county in Texas, all 50 states and more than 100 different countries. The university has recently exceeded 25% Hispanic enrollment, achieving Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) enrollment status, and Texas Tech’s current Quality Enhancement Plan is “Bear Our Banners Far and Wide: Communication in a Global Society.” ( Texas Tech University is recognized as a Carnegie Tier 1 Research University and is a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference. The university is located in Lubbock, Texas, a vibrant city of over 250,000.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at the Texas Tech Graduate School ( following the instructions on the Department of Biology Website (

Candidates will be asked to provide a letter of application describing their research interests, teaching experience, and professional experiences, transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (international students), and a list of three references with names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Corey Brelsfoard at

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