MS and PhD Assistantships at University of Florida, Balm in small fruit crops

Description: The small fruit crops lab is recruiting an MS and a PhD student to work on integrated pest management of strawberries and blueberries. The lab will offer the incumbents an opportunity to participate in both basic and applied research, and extension. Pesticide efficacy tests, IRM, assessment of biocontrol agents, spatio-temporal population dynamics of pests and natural enemies, and innovative pest management tactics, will be employed in this program. Traveling to grower fields in south-central Florida for insect sampling and maintenance of multiple insect colonies, will be basic tasks to keep the program running. The position comes with competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. The graduate students are provided with on- campus housing at our research center.

The lab is located at the University of Florida, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), Balm. Our center houses research and extension specialists in entomology, nematology, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, soil and water sciences, strawberry genetics, and food and resource economics. We enjoy a very collaborative and collegial atmosphere. We are close to the scenic beaches of the gulf coast and the manatees. The center also enjoys proximity to the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, and Orlando.  

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field for MS position. Master’s degree in Entomology, Biology, or related field for PhD position. Familiarity with entomology preferred.

Start Date: Immediate

How to Apply: Please direct queries or send application materials to Sriyanka Lahiri at

Application packet should include: 1) a CV (GRE, GPA,TOEFL scores included), 2) a 1-2 page statement of research experience and interests, and 3) the names and contact information of three references.



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University of Florida
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Sriyanka Lahiri
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