Graduate student applicants:
I am always on the lookout for good new PhD students. I particularly prize students focused on fundamental questions about evolutionary and ecological processes, who are interested in creative and independent research. I encourage my students to pursue their own research ideas, within the context of the major questions our lab examines. We are broadly interested in how species interactions drive evolution, and the maintenance and origins of genetic diversity within and between populations. Although the lab is strongly focused on immunology of host-parasite coevolution today, applicants with interests in other topics are welcome. Contact Dr. Bolnick (danbolnick <at> austin.utexas.edu) to inquire.
If you are interested in getting a Ph.D. in my laboratory, I would encourage you to contact me to introduce yourself. When you do so, you should make it clear what kinds of research you are interested in. Give me an example of a kind of biological problem that motivates you, and how you think you might pursue it as a part of your Ph.D. research. This is not a commitment to work on that topic, so much as an illustration of your ability to identify interesting questions and think clearly about how to address them. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with my research before contacting me, to make sure you understand what type of research you are expressing an interest in! Keep in mind, however, that past work in the lab is not a good guide to what goes on in the lab currently. While PhD students are not expected to pick up ongoing projects in the lab, your interests should at least align with the general themes of the lab. These include the kinds of work we have done in the past (see the publications list), and a new area of work on evolutionary immunology.
Prospective graduate students should have a demonstrated history of scholarship, with high grades in biology, particularly one of the following: evolution, ecology, immunology, or genetics. You should have received high grades, but also have some history of experience and success with research. I also strongly encourage my students to have or to soon acquire, competency in mathematics (particularly statistics), and computational methods.
If I have funding to pay a new postdoctoral researcher, I will advertise that fact on this page. If you do not see an advertisement here, then you may assume that I do not currently have funds to support additional postdocs. That said, I am happy to discuss funding options, including (1) co-authoring a grant proposal that could support your postdoctoral research, or (2) developing and honing fellowship applications for you to acquire your own salary support. If you wish to do postdoctoral research on topics relevant to my lab, then feel free to get in touch to discuss such funding options. Contact Dr. Bolnick (danbolnick <at> austin.utexas.edu) to inquire.
Undergraduate research assistants:
We are always interested in supporting young scientists interested in gaining lab and field work experience. The Bolnick lab has hosted over 75 undergraduates since we opened our doors in 2004. Some of these students have gone on to publish, or co-author, scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. Some have obtained research grants. Quite a few of our alumni have gone on to graduate school in the sciences, or medical school, or other advanced degrees. Contact Dr. Bolnick (danbolnick <at> austin.utexas.edu) to inquire.
K-12 science teachers:
The Bolnick lab has hosted five K-12 science teachers doing either field work or lab work, and are always on the lookout for more. We are typically able to pay a full summer salary in support of teachers conducting summer research. In return, we ask that the teachers work with us to develop grade-appropriate lesson plans based on our research. Contact Dr. Bolnick (danbolnick <at> austin.utexas.edu) to inquire.