(Note: You must have either an M.S. or significant research experience, preferably with peer reviewed publications and presentation experience, to come in as a Ph.D. student)
There are currently no funded openings in the Couvillon lab for 2021-2022. Self-funded graduate students with fellowships are welcome to contact Dr. Couvillon.
Undergraduate student research opportunities: The Couvillon Lab at Virginia Tech is hiring a summer undergraduate research assistant to assist graduate student Micki Palmersheim in collecting data for an existing field study that examines pollinator visitors to garden plants. Please send your application (see below) to Friday 2 April, 2021, at 5pm. All hires are subject to approval.
Details: 1.From mid-June until August 2021, usually 9am – 4pm with lunch break, so about 25-30 hrs/ week (can be a bit more or a bit less, depending on your availability). 2.There may be a few hours Aug – Oct per week around your course schedule. 3.Pay is $12 / hr. 4.All work is done outside, so social distancing and correct protocols will still be observed.
Requirements: 1.Have an understanding and interest in insect identification, preferably having taken Insect Bio (ENT 3014 + ENT 3024) or related courses. 2.Be a current VT student (not graduating Spring 2021). 3.Live in Blacksburg. 4.Be able to drive yourself to the Blacksburg field sites (Turfgrass Center on Southgate and Horticulture Research Center on Prices Fork Rd.). 5.Enjoy being outdoors and participating in original field research.
How to apply: 1.Send your CV and cover letter as a single pdf to Dr. Couvillon (mjc at vt dot edu) and Micki (mickipalmersheim at vt dot edu) by 2 April, 2021. Include your GPA, the relevant course(s) that give you insect identification skills, why you want the position, and if there are any problems with your availability this summer. No longer than 3 pages total please. 2.Micki will conduct zoom interviews in early April and select the candidate by mid-April.
Postdoctoral research opportunities
Please contact me if you are interested in joining the lab. Although I do not currently have funds for a postdoctoral fellow, I'm happy to discuss with you potential proposals for a grant to get you here.