PhD Assistantship in Ecology/Agricultural Science, University of Massachusetts, United States

Expires on: 03/15/2024


The University of Massachusetts Lowell (also known as UMass Lowell) is an urban public research university in Lowell, Massachusetts, with nearly 1,150 faculty members and 18,058 students. EEAS offers unique interdisciplinary study programs encompassing Geosciences, Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environmental Chemistry. EEAS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Earth System Science and Environmental Sciences, with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Sustainability and Atmospheric Sciences. Graduate School admission policies are found under 

The available PhD position focuses on exploring the intricate ecological interactions between forest microbial communities and oak adaptation to climate change, particularly emphasizing the impact of drought events. The project aims to unravel how forest microbiomes contribute to the adaptive evolution of oak populations, addressing a significant knowledge gap in this field. The research will be conducted in the oak-rich regions of Hauts-de-France in Northern France, considering both native and introduced oak species. The oak holobiont, comprising the tree and its associated microbial communities, will be regarded as the central unit of adaptive evolution.


Prospective candidates must hold a Master’s degree or demonstrate equivalent competence in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, or related disciplines. Proficiency in both spoken and written English is advantageous. Additional skills and interests, such as formulating research questions, outdoor fieldwork enthusiasm, molecular biology knowledge, and programming skills (R/Python), are beneficial but not mandatory.

Required Documents:

  1. Motivation letter
  2.  CV
  3. Recommendation letter
  4. Summary of relevant grades

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit their documents to Prof. Marco Cosme at before March 15, 2024. Only selected candidates for interviews will be contacted. The position is expected to commence in September 2024, lasting for three years. However, the application process will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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