Join The Lab

The Hoi Polloi lab is always looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our group. We are deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community where BIPOC, women, and LGTBQIA+ members can trive. We strongly adhere to the slogan “Science for All”.


In addition to advertised positions, we are happy to discuss funding options to support postdocs applying for independent fellowships. Funding options may include:

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

USDA AFRI NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ford Foundation Fellowship

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship

UNC Carolina Postdoctoral Program

UNC SPIRE Postdoctoral Program

Graduate students

We are always on the look out for interested graduate students in the ecology and evolution of species interactions. Our research takes a holistic approach to addressing fundamental questions in evolutionary ecology. Prospective students interested in host-microbe interactions should contact me directly at senay[at] Please include a description of your research interests and CV. Interested applicants can apply through the following graduate programs UNC Biology and BBSP.

UNC undergraduates

We welcome undergraduate students working in the Hoi Polloi lab. We are always looking for UNC students interested in host-microbe interactions. Students in our lab work on our insect-pathogen and plant-microbe systems. Several of our students to date have sucessfully completed honors thesis projects in the lab. We recruit students for paid or research credit positions, and through work-study programs.

Please reach out to Senay Yitbarek at senay[at] for open positions in the lab. Please provide your CV and a short statement on your research interests and goals.