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PhD and MS Assistantships in Wetland Nutrient Cycling

Graduate & Postdoc
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A PhD and an MS research assistantship are available at Tennessee Tech University to study nutrient cycling and water quality improvement within agricultural wetlands. This work is part of a large multi-university and interdisciplinary project assessing the structural and functional recovery of wetlands transitioning from agricultural fields. Study sites are located in the Lower Mississippi River watershed from Kentucky to Mississippi. This research will focus on nitrogen and phosphorus cycling at scales from core incubations to whole wetland measurements, with understanding the effect of altered wetland hydrology on denitrification comprising a large component of the research.

Qualifications: BS or MS in aquatic or wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, environmental science, or closely related field. Experience with biogeochemical cycling methods, MIMS, and nutrient analyses are preferred, but not required and we are willing to train good students.

Salary: 12 month stipend plus tuition and fees.

Interested applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and (4) contact information of two individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Dr. Justin Murdock at Preferred position start date is May or August 2019, but start date is flexible. Applications will be reviewed as received.

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