PhD Position at Colorado State University-Plant -Virus-Vector Interaction in Sugarbeets

We are recruiting a PhD student to work on two serious viral diseases in sugarbeet, Rhizomania and beet curly top. The project will involve RNA-Seq experiments to analyze insect genes that underlie the molecular basis of beet curly top virus-beet leafhopper interaction. We will also identify and validate host factors to be used as targets with the CRISPR/Cas9 system for the development of virus resistance in sugar beets. The position is in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University in the lab of Dr. Vamsi Nalam and Punya Nachappa. The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries. 

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or other closely related field. Experience in molecular biology or bioinformatics is desirable but not absolutely required. Experience in both lab and field experimentation is necessary.

The position can start in summer 2019. The student will be fully funded with a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Interested applicants may submit curriculum vitae with contact information for three references, university transcripts, and cover letter describing their previous research experience to Dr. Vamsi J. Nalam via email to The successful applicant will be required to submit the application to CSU graduate school. Please visit the BSPM Department for more information

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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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Colorado State University, Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
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Dr. Vamsi J. Nalam
Fort Collins
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