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Master's Student — Oregon Institute of Technology

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Dr. Wayne Hung is seeking a motivated MS student to join his group at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Natural Sciences Department starting Fall 2024. The prospective candidate will be involved in developing monitoring plans that integrate air quality, metals, and microbiomes in the Klamath Basin. The project will involve formulating creative research inquiries, collecting and processing samples of air, dust, and soil, developing statistical models to direct monitoring and management efforts, and potentially collaborating with diverse local agencies, tribal communities, and stakeholders.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering, environmental science, or a relevant field.
  • Experience in environmental research.
  • Proficiency in written, verbal, and quantitative skills.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate some of the following skills or be willing to learn them:

  • Field sampling techniques for water, air, and soil.
  • Knowledge of membrane filtration, DNA extraction methods, both culture-based (e.g., IDEXX or plate counts) and molecular-based approaches (qPCR, ddPCR) for microbial detection.
  • Familiarity with data analysis using R software, GIS, etc.
  • Strong scientific writing and communication abilities.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: Must have a valid driver license.

OIT offers a competitive support package, which includes a monthly stipend and tuition waiver for MS students and access to student health services.

To apply, please send application packets to Dr. Wayne Hung ( with the subject line “OIT MS application_Name”. Packets should include a single PDF containing the following:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the project and career goals (up to 2 pages).
  • Your CV or resume (no page limit)
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcript
  • Contact information for at least 3 references, including name, title, email, phone number, and relationship with the references

Please note that the GRE is not required for admission to OIT or to work with our team. Review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by April 19, 2024, will receive first consideration.