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Graduate students
Are you excited about ecology or insects and want to work on a project to help improve insect management in agriculture? If you are an enthusiastic and hard working student interested in working in the Isaacs lab for your entomology MS or Ph.D, I encourage you to contact me at isaacsr "at" msu.edu. I typically have 2-3 students in the lab, working on their independent projects and the main limitation is funding rather than potential research ideas. I take on a new student every 1-2 years, and students are encouraged to contact me early in the academic year ahead of when they might consider entering graduate school. This is partly to determine potential overlap between your research interests and future goals and my lab's future research program, and also because deadlines for funding through the NSF, EPA, USDA, and internal MSU funding sources are typically in November and December. See the People page for a list of current students, and I suggest contacting them to learn more about life in our lab, department, and university.

Undergraduate students
We hire undergraduate students and recent grads during the summer months to work with us at farms and research stations across Michigan, collecting data, sorting samples, and entering data. The ability to drive a stickshift car is a great help, but not essential. A love of the outdoors, willingness to work in a team, and an interest in insects are all positive attributes of students for these jobs. If you are interested in applying, please contact Jason Gibbs to inquire about positions related to pollinators, Keith Mason for positions related to pest management and biocontrol, or Steve Van Timmeren for positions based in west Michigan. Also be sure to check the MSU Venture website for research/employment opportunities.

Postdoctoral positions
We anticipate recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study spotted wing Drosophila biology, behavior, and control. This position would start in late 2015 or early 2016 and we expect funding for at least two years. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to conduct field research and must have experience writing scientific manuscripts and reports, with training in integrated pest management and good quantitative skills. Opportunities exist to work in organic and conventional systems and this project will be focused in berry crop systems including blueberries and raspberries. If interested, please contact Dr. Isaacs.