Ph.D. Assistantships @ Virginia Tech

Two Ph.D. Assistantships – Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech

The Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech is seeking highly motivated applicants for two Ph.D. assistantships in the Insect Toxicology & Pharmacology and Quantitative Insect Ecology programs. The successful applicants will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists
conducting basic and applied research on the epidemiology of pesticide exposures and pollinator health in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Qualifications: The successful applicants must hold a Master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Toxicology, or related field from an accredited institution, and be eligible for admission to the Department of Entomology graduate program. Preference will be given to applicants with interest and training or experience in ecotoxicology and field ecology, who have
strong verbal and written communication skills. An excellent academic performance record and a strong work ethic are expected. The candidates will be expected to make presentations at scientific conferences and will be required to publish peer-reviewed journal articles from their dissertation research.

Compensation: The successful candidates will receive a stipend of no less than $18,500 per year in addition to full tuition and fees for four years. The student must be enrolled full time and meet graduate school expectations in both course work and research each semester to continue to receive support.

Application: To apply, please email 1) a letter of interest that describes professional goals and highlights qualifications; 2) a curriculum vita; and 3) contact information for three academic or professional references to Drs. Troy D. Anderson ( and Carlyle C. Brewster ( Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until suitable
candidates are found.

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