Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Position, SDSU, Brookings, USA

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position at USA, Ozbolat Laboratory at Penn State
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking a motivated Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to join Dr. Shyam Solanki’s research group at South Dakota State University (SDSU), South Dakota, USA, starting in Fall 2024. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team studying the interdependent evolution of plant immune receptors and their cognate pathogen effectors, focusing on the cereal crop-stem rust host-pathogen system.

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Position


Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Research Area:

  • Plant-Microbe Interaction
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Bioinformatics


South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, SD, USA


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Plant Science, Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Bioinformatics, or a related field.
  • Relevant experience in transient transformation, confocal microscopy, cloning, phylogenetics, and sequencing data analysis platforms.
  • A collaborative and communicative personality.

Job Description:

The Ph.D. GRA will:

  • Conduct research on the cereal crop-stem rust host-pathogen system.
  • Utilize and develop techniques in plant-microbe interaction, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.
  • Collaborate with team members and contribute to ongoing projects.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings, seminars, and other academic activities.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should compile the following documents into a single PDF and email it to Dr. Shyam Solanki at with the subject line “Ph.D. GRA Application”:

  1. GRE/TOEFL scores (if applicable).
  2. A one-page letter of interest outlining your relevant experience, qualifications, and research interests.
  3. A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. A copy of unofficial transcripts.

Last Date for Apply:

Applications will be accepted until [specific date, e.g., August 31, 2024]. Early applications are encouraged as review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Join us at SDSU and contribute to impactful research in plant immune responses and pathogen interactions. We look forward to your application!


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