One PhD position is available for a collaborative research between the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and Institute of Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology at Mississippi State University. The successful candidate will be involved in a highly multidisciplinary research and will receive training in entomology, wood preservation, genomics, and biocomputing, while studying the effect of wood chemical treatment on metagenome of subterranean termite. The results of this study are expected to be beneficial for understanding the mechanism of wood degradation by termites and improvement of current and development of novel protection means, but it can also be geared toward mining of enzymes to further facilitate wood conversion to energy and value-added products.

The candidate must:

  • Possess an undergraduate/Master’s degree relevant to the topic of the study
  • Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing (min GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale basis)
  • Have a TOEFL score of 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 or better (students with non-English credentials only)
  • Be adaptive to multi-disciplinary research work requirements
  • Be an excellent team-player

The successful candidate will be funded in the amount of US $25,000 per year for the period of 3 years plus tuition, fees and insurance.

The review of the applications will start on July 1st, 2014, and the expected enrollment in the program is August 18, 2014.

To apply, please send by e-mail a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf file to Assist. Prof. Dragica Jeremic (

We thank all of the applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.