[ES_JOBS_NET] Five funded PhD student positions in UC Merced

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe aaberhe at ucmerced.edu
Wed Dec 11 22:08:18 MST 2013

Attached are two announcements for Ph.D. student positions (see details below) for work in:
(a) a project investigating the effect of fire on soil structure and organic matter dynamics, and
b) four Ph.D. student positions in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone observatory project in projects spanning hydrology, microbiology, biogeochemistry and geochemistry. 

Please help us spread the word to your network. 
Students with a MSc in Soil Science, Hydrology, Geology, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Soil Biogeochemistry
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced

Office phone: (209) 228-4712
Cell: (510) 967-7196
Fax: (209) 724-4459
E-mail: AABerhe at UCMerced.edu
Web: http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/aaberhe


PhD Assistantship in Environmental Systems at the University of California, Merced
One PhD assistantships is available for Fall 2014 in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group at University of California, Merced for work in a National Science Foundation funded project investigating the role of low-intensity fires on soil aggregation and effect of organic matter in aggregate stability during low-intensity fires.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief statement of interest and their curriculum vitae to Professors Teamrat A. Ghezzehei (TAGhezzehei at ucmerced.edu) or Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (AABerhe at ucmerced.edu). More information on work in the Ghezzehei and Berhe labs at UC Merced can be found at our websites http://soilphysics.ucmerced.edu or http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/aaberhe .  
The application deadline for fall semester enrollment is January 15th, 2013. For early consideration for admission and financial support to the PhD program, apply by December 15. Please visit the Graduate Division application page (http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/prospective-students/how-apply) to submit application materials.

Graduate Assistantships in Critical Zone Science at UC Merced
Up to four research assistantships are available for Fall 2014 for work in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (SSCZO). See http://criticalzone.org/sierra/ for background on the SSCZO. Available positions will cover research interest in the areas of mountain hydrology, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, soil microbiology and organic matter processes, and geochemistry. Preference given to applicants interested in pursuing a Ph.D.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with SSCZO faculty, including Professors Roger Bales (rbales at ucmerced.edu), Martha Conklin (mconklin at ucmerced.edu), Stephen C. Hart (shart4 at ucmerced.edu), Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (aaberhe at ucmerced.edu), or Marilyn Fogel (mfogel at ucmerced.edu). 

Graduate students at UC Merced join an interdisciplinary graduate group. SSCZO faculty are members of the Environmental Systems (ES) graduate group (https://es.ucmerced.edu/), and some are also members of the Quantitative and Systems Biology (QSB) graduate group (http://qsb.ucmerced.edu/).

Please see http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/academic-studies for more information about graduate programs at UC Merced. 

The Environmental Systems graduate program trains students to tackle the most challenging problems facing our planet – water, soil, climate, energy and resources. Through understanding the Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society, ES students are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government, and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences.

The application deadline for Fall semester 2014 enrollment is January 15th, 2014. For early consideration for admission and financial support to the Ph.D. program, apply by December 15th, 2013. Please visit the Graduate Division application page (http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/prospective-students/how-apply) to submit application materials.

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