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The DeVries Lab at the University of Kentucky is recruiting graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) and a postdoc with a focus in urban entomology.  Defined broadly, urban entomology encompasses a multitude of topics relating to pests found indoors and around structures.  Potential research topics could include (but are not limited to) urban pest management (IPM, baiting, novel strategies), urban pest behavior (cockroach foraging, bed bug host attraction), physiology (metabolism, respiration, insecticide resistance), and health risks associated with urban pests (cockroach allergens, bed bug histamine). Successful applicants will be highly-motivated individuals who can work independently while also benefiting from working as part of a collaborative team.  Successful applicants will have good organizational skills (communication, planning, etc.), research experience (project design, data collection, data analysis, reporting results), and a passion for their work.


UK DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY: The UK Entomology Department is comprised of over 20 faculty with expertise in numerous disciplines.  The faculty, staff, postdocs, and students are extremely energetic and passionate about their work, which is reflected in our department being consistently ranked as one of the most productive programs in the country.  Students from our department have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of sectors, including academia, industry, and the government.


LIFE IN LEXINGTON: Lexington is a vibrant city that maintains a collegiate atmosphere.  Ranked #34 in the US News and World Report Best Places to Live, Lexington boasts a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, and is close to some wonderful hiking trails (1 hour to the Red River Gorge).  Also, due to its central location, travel (driving and flying) to and from Lexington is both easy and convenient.


START DATE AND COMPENSATION: The successful applicants will start between November 2022 and August 2023 (as mutually agreed upon).  The graduate assistantships include a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.  The postdoc salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit the following to Zachary DeVries via email ([email protected]) with the subject “UKy Application”: 1) Cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and career goals; 2) CV/Resume (including GPA and GRE scores, if taken); 3) Unofficial transcript(s); 4) Name and contact information for three references


Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022, and will continue until suitable candidates are identified.  For more information about the DeVries Lab, visit:

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