Join the Lab

The Hawkes Lab is always looking for enthusiastic, motivated individuals to join our group. We are committed to a lab that is a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for all people, and we do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, or other forms of oppression. We welcome a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences.

Open positions will be advertised on the lab website, social media, and the NCSU jobs site.

Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students should contact me via email. Please include a CV and cover letter explaining your research interests, how those interests intersect with ours, and why we might be a good fit. Students can apply to NCSU through one of the following graduate programs:

Plant Biology
Genetics and Genomics

Postdoctoral Researchers

In addition to filling funded positions, we welcome inquiries from postdocs interested in applying for independent funding. Opportunities include:

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships
USDA AFRI NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowships
Smith Postdoctoral Fellowships
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship


Working in a research lab is a great way to get involved in science and decide if a career path in research is something that interests you. Students who are majoring in microbiology, ecology, or plant biology might find our work interesting. We advertise all of our paid positions internally at NCSU.