Join us!

In the next year, I will be building our lab group at Penn State. I will be hiring a technician and postdoc (ideal start date is late spring/early summer 2020). I am also recruiting graduate students for Fall 2020.

Lab Technician/Manager:

Ideally, the technician will start in the late Spring/early summer of 2020. This person will be responsible for supporting the research happening in the lab and will also be in charge of experiments involving legumes and rhizobia. A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Plant Science, or Microbiology, Environmental Science is required. Baseline competencies in computing (Word, Spreadsheets) and the willingness to learn collaborative software (e.g. SLACK, google docs, electronic lab notebooks) are required. Prior experience working with legumes and rhizobia is desirable as experience with basic molecular biology techniques such as DNA and RNA extractions. This position will require someone that works well in teams  and in both lab and field environments. This position will likely be posted on Feb. 1st. Please contact me directly if you are interested.


  1. I will post an NSF grant-funded post-doc position this winter 2019. The ideal start date will be Spring/Summer 2020. This project will use the S&R methodology to screen for legume host gene by rhizobial gene interaction (as in this recent Plant Physiology paper). There will also be room for the postdoc to develop and pursue their own legume-rhizobia research directions. The application will consist of a single pdf that includes a cover letter, CV, names of three references, and pdfs of your recent publications or preprints. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or have any questions.
  2. I am also happy to work with postdocs interested in securing their own funding (e.g., NSF postdoc or NIFA postdoc).

Graduate students:

I am always looking for curious, creative, dedicated, and interesting students to learn alongside. I can take students through several programs, including Plant Sciences, and the intercollege graduate program in Ecology, Plant Biology, and Bioinformatics & Genomics. We can discuss what might be the best option for you.

Grad students will be funded through a combination of TA- and RA-ships. There are also various ways to secure your own funding (e.g., NSF GRFP) that provide additional independence. If you intend to apply to the lab, I am happy to work with you on putting together those applications.

To start a conversation about grad school, please send me a ‘pre-application’ in the late summer/early fall of the year you plan to apply to Penn State. In the email, please explain your educational background, interest in the lab, and goals for graduate school. Please also attach your CV (info on putting together a CV).