Join the Lab!

Our lab is currently recruiting highly qualified and motivated individuals for graduate study to begin summer/fall 2017. Research areas include evolution of sap-feeding insects and their bacterial endosymbionts, evolution of gall formation in sap-feeding insects, and insect molecular phylogenetics. Preferred qualifications include a background in evolution, ecology, entomology, genomics, and molecular phylogenetics, as well as an ability to work in a collaborative environment. Students are funded by research assistantships and teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding, e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowships ( and Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants ( In-state tuition award and student insurance are included. Before applying, contact Dr. Carol von Dohlen ( with your interest.

If you would like to apply, please provide in your email a CV/resume (include GPA and GRE scores), a statement of purpose, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled; however, apply by January 15 to be considered for available fellowships and participation in the graduate recruitment weekend, February 24-25, 2017.

The von Dohlen lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, see Utah State University is a land-grant institution located in the Cache valley of northern Utah, surrounded by mountains and with easy access to Salt Lake City, many national parks, national monuments, and wilderness areas. Learn more about USU biology at