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Buffalo River, Arkansas

Currently seeking a Ph.D. student to start Summer/Fall 2023! See details below.

The DuRant Lab at the University of Arkansas is seeking to fill a Ph.D. position focused on the
importance of parental effects in shaping immune responses and disease dynamics in birds. The student
will be based in Fayetteville, AR, and will use an avian laboratory model system to conduct experiments
examining how disease affects parental behavior and physiology. Interested applicants should have a
strong interest in eco-immunology, physiological ecology, and animal behavior and should have past
research experience, familiarity with techniques for measuring gene expression and physiological
endpoints. Experience in working with live animals in a laboratory setting is desired, but not required.
Please also indicate if you have experience with programming, statistics, and/or modeling. The
successful candidate will be funded on a graduate teaching assistantship and summer research
assistantship. Applicants with strong academic records and GRE scores are eligible for 4-year University
Dissertation Fellowships with additional stipends of $12,000 to $22,000 received on top of the TA/GA
stipend (results in a $30,540-$40,540 total stipend). Additional information about the DuRant Lab and
the University of Arkansas can be found at

The desired start date is Summer 2023, but this is flexible. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2022.
However, applications will be reviewed as they are received.

To apply please email a single PDF file to Sarah DuRant at containing 1) a < one page
cover letter outlining your research interests, prior experience, and career goals, 2) your CV, 3) contact
information for at least three professional references.

The DuRant lab is part of the Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology group at UARK (more here), which is comprised of labs across several departments with diverse strengths in ecology and evolution.


Curious about the area? The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, AR, which is part of the NW Arkansas region. Situated in the Ozark mountains, the area offers numerous outdoor activities, including paved bike trails, an extensive network of mountain biking and hiking trails, lots of popular spots for rock climbing, and swimming and canoeing in clear limestone bedrock rivers. 

Sarah DuRant, PhD

601 Science and Engineering
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tel 479-535-6364



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