PhD Position in Marine Microbiology

Role of a novel bacteriophage to cold-shock adaptation and host colonization in a model marine bacterium.

A PhD position is available at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA ( in the Laboratory for Microbial and Environmental Genomics ( Known locally as The Island University, TAMU-CC is a premier research institution ideally located on the Gulf of Mexico. The candidate will pursue a PhD in the Marine Biology Program (, which is part of a unique Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP) between three Texas A&M University campuses: Corpus Christi, Galveston, and College Station. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers a vibrant and culturally diverse research experience.

The successful applicant will conduct research related to bacterial genomics, pathogenesis and molecular biology. The project entails dissecting the contribution of a novel bacteriophage in modulating cold-shock adaptation and animal model colonization using molecular cloning and gene knock-out/complementation techniques in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a marine pathogen of human and ecological relevance. The project is a collaborative NIH-funded project between Dr. Jeffrey Turner (TAMU-CC) and Dr. Daniele Provenzano (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV).

The minimum requirement is a BS degree (MS preferred) with emphasis in Microbiology, Bacterial Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in animal model colonization and gene knock-out/complementation assays. The position is available beginning Summer 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant is guaranteed a Graduate Research Assistantship that includes tuition and stipend. Please email Dr. Jeffrey Turner ( and Dr. Daniele Provenzano ( to be considered for the position. Include a statement of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi