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I am happy to chat with you about opportunities for joining the lab as a volunteer, undergraduate researcher, graduate student, postdoctoral associate, or other position.  Please learn about the work we do and contact me with your interests.  Please include your CV and why you think you'd make a great addition to our lab!

Postdoctoral Associate

Open Position advertsised May 2016:

Postdoctoral Position in Disease Eco-Epidemiology
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Hamer in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University.  The successful candidate will expand an ongoing research program on the ecology and epidemiology of Chagas disease in the southern United States, including analyses of kissing bug vectors, wildlife and domestic dog reservoirs, and spillover to human hosts. Projects will integrate field, molecular, and quantitative techniques in an eco-epidemiology framework. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to proposal writing, prepare manuscripts, and mentor undergraduate, public health, veterinary, and/or graduate students. The successful applicant must work independently and as a member of multidisciplinary collaborative teams.  The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with a Citizen Science project ( and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (

The preferred candidate will have a PhD in quantitatively oriented field such as epidemiology, ecology, geography or related fields with research experience in statistical modeling and/or spatial epidemiology. Alternately, candidates with a biomedical science background and experience in next generation sequencing and bioinformatics will be reviewed.  Candidates must have a good track record of publications and have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.

Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.  The expected start date is flexible between summer-fall 2016. The position is available for one year with the possibility of renewal depending on performance and available funds.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Application materials consist of a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of three references.  Materials should be emailed as a single PDF to Sarah Hamer:

Prospective Graduate Students

The degrees that can be earned by my students include the following:

  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology emphasis (Department of Veterinary Integrative Bioscience)
  • PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • MS in Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology (Department of Veterinary Integrative Bioscience)
    • thesis or non-thesis options

More information can be found on the VIBS Department Grad Student site or the Epi/Public Health Grad Student site and the Interdisciplinary Research Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (EEB) site.  I encourage prospective PhD students to apply for graduate fellowships (for example, EPA Science to Achieve Results and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, both of which have deadlines in November).  Texas A&M keeps a list of externally-funded graduate fellowships and faculty-nominated fellowships, which may be useful as you plan ahead.  TAMU awards Merit and Diversity Fellowships (applications due in Jan and Feb, respectively) for PhD students who will begin in Fall.  The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers Merit Fellowships on a rolling basis for stellar applicants.

Undergraduate Students

Students with the right background, ambitions, and availability may start by volunteering in the lab to learn more about our research and gain some hands-in experiences.  I encourage undergraduates to explore options for enrolling in Research Credit (e.g. 485, 491, 497), and we can carry out a project over the course of a semester or summer.  The Undergraduate Research Scholars program at TAMU is a two-semester experience that culminates in a written thesis or other project, and I encourage undergraduates to work with me to develop a proposal for this program.

Veterinary, Medical, and Public Health Students

Professional students seeking to supplement their courses or clerkships with research/practicum experiences in the lab and/or field should feel free to contact me.  I am involved as a mentor for the Vet Med Summer Research Training Program and the One Health On-Campus Summer Research Program.