Opportunities

Interested in joining the Kim lab?  Click here for quick tips on how to contact me for both grad school and undergrad opportunities. In general, sending me a cover letter describing your research interests, unofficial copies of transcripts, and CV are enough to get the conversation going! For specific opportunities, see below.

Graduate Research Assistantship: Cross-Habitat Spillover of Insects in Human Modified Landscapes. We are seeking a highly motivated Master’s student to join the Kim Lab in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University. Members of the Kim Lab study the ecology of plant-insect interactions and how these interactions vary with insect management and land-use change. The Master’s student will collaborate with our post-doc (Dr. Rachel Harman) on a project examining how insect movement across habitat boundaries affect insect biodiversity and ecosystem function.  The research will involve a combination of field work in nearby KS landscapes and lab/greenhouse work. Students interested in the fields of community ecology, agroecology, landscape ecology, and food-web interactions are encouraged to apply.

The position will be competitively funded through a two-year research assistantship (tuition and stipend). We prefer that the student starts at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester (end of August), although earlier start dates (as early as June 2021) may be considered.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will have backgrounds in biology, ecology or entomology with an interest in conservation and insect biology. Prior experience doing field work and being part of a research project is desirable.  Strong quantitative skills (statistics, coding) are also desirable. Communication skills (oral and writing) are important as is the ability to work on a team.

To apply: For consideration, please email a cover letter stating your research interests and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Tania Kim (tkim@ksu.edu) by January 18, 2021. I will begin screening applications in late-January, have initial online or phone interviews in late February/early March. Final decisions will be made by late March 2021.  Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call. We strongly encourage individuals who identify with groups currently under-represented in STEM fields to apply.

Prospective postdocs

I currently do not have funding for postdocs. Please come back to this site when opportunities become available. I am happy to help write fellowships such as the USDA postdoctoral fellowships (2020 closed), and  L’Oreal Postdoctoral Women in Science fellowship (due Jan 29, 2021) and the Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020 closed).

Undergraduate helpers:

I am currently looking for undergraduate students interested in participating in the following projects during the fall and winter semesters.

  1. Habitat fragmentation effects on insect biodiversity using lab microcosms and field experiments

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2. Insect pollinator and predator inventory in grassland and agricultural landscapes

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3. Students also interested in Plant Health should also consider our REEU with the Plant Pathology Department. For more information, click here.

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