M.S. Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Job Description: Two M.S. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) starting in fall 2016 (or spring 2017). Students can work on projects related to plant-insect interactions, plant-mycorrhizal fungus interactions or three-way interactions. Students awarded a teaching assistantship are generally supported (during fall and spring semesters) contingent on successful teaching and progress in the program. The compensation for this position includes a stipend of $14,562 for 9 months, and a full waiver of up to 10 credit hours of tuition per semester (GTA). In addition, summer funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Qualifications: Please review the requirements for admission to UNC: and the School of Biological Sciences: Additional requirements for international students: If you are qualified and interested in pursuing graduate research related to plant interactions with other organisms, please send the following items to Dr. Karen Gomez ( (a) cover letter discussing interest our research, applicable experience, and goals for undertaking a graduate program, (b) official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts, (c) CV, (d) GRE scores, and (e) name and e-mail of three professional references. Successful applicants are expected to start in August 2016.

Applicants with experience in (or the ability to learn) molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR and qPCR), and with experience in designing and conducting independent research under an advisor will be especially competitive.

Responsibilities: In order to successfully complete this M.S. program, students must meet expectations at teaching undergraduate courses, and must complete their required coursework. For the research component, students should: demonstrate willingness/ability to learn new research techniques, possess the ability to design and conduct independent research, demonstrate attention to detail and effectiveness in completion of research, conduct work safely, be collegial, and maintain a habit of reading scientific literature in her/his field.

Deadline: Open until position is filled
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Contact: Dr. Karen Gomez
Phone: 970-351-2555