Master and PhD Positions in Plant Synthetic Biology at ETSU, USA

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Master and PhD Positions: The Tianhu Sun lab at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) invites highly motivated applicants for Master (in Biology) and PhD (Biomedical Science) positions in the field of plant synthetic biology. Full scholarships will be provided to PhD students. Join our innovative research team to explore two major projects: 1. understanding the mechanisms controlling health-beneficial products in plants and enhancing crop nutritional quality through genetic engineering, and 2. developing synthetic platforms for pharmaceutical protein production. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to global health and acquire real-world experience in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry. For more details about the lab, please visit: Tianhu Sun Lab.


  • Master’s and PhD Positions

Research Area: Plant Synthetic Biology

Location: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA


  • For Master’s: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field
  • For PhD (Biomedical Science): Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 3 recommendations (to be submitted through the online application)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL 79 (iBT) or IELTS 6.5 (if applicable)
  • GRE score not required
  • Personal Statement (maximum 1000 words) including:
    • Prior research experience(s) – describe research conducted and your role
    • Research interests at ETSU
    • Career goals
  • Personal interview may be required during the review process

Job Description: As a Master’s or PhD student in the Tianhu Sun lab, you will be part of cutting-edge research projects in plant synthetic biology. These projects aim to unravel the mechanisms controlling health-beneficial products in plants and leverage genetic engineering to enhance crop nutritional quality. Additionally, you will work on developing synthetic platforms for the production of pharmaceutical proteins. Graduates from our lab gain valuable experience in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry while making a meaningful impact on global health and well-being.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should contact Dr. Tianhu Sun at for detailed application information.

For the Biomedical Science PhD program, please refer to the admission requirements and apply online at: ETSU Biomedical Science PhD Program.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024, for admission to the Fall 2024 semester.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in plant synthetic biology at ETSU. Join us in shaping the future of agriculture and pharmaceuticals while advancing your academic and research career.


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