[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD positions on climate and landscape controls on C and N dynamics

Rodrigo Vargas rvargas at udel.edu
Tue Sep 17 11:39:20 MDT 2013

*Two interdisciplinary PhD positions available at the University of
Delaware to study climate and landscape controls on soil, water, and
gaseous fluxes of carbon and nitrogen*


Two positions are available on a new and exciting USDA-funded project that
explores how catchment topography and extreme weather events influence
the solid,
aqueous, and gas phase of C and N in soils and wetlands. We will combine
state-of-the-art instrumentation for field measurements, a climate-change
experiment, and conceptual and mathematical modeling to evaluate these

 For the first position the student will establish a climate-change
experiment in order to collect continuously (hourly resolution) a full
range of greenhouse gas (CH4, CO2, H2O, N2O, and NH3) fluxes from soils and
study the solid and aqueous phases of C and N compounds in a temperate
wetland. The candidate should have strong analytical and quantitative
skills, experience in handling large data sets, proven skills in data
processing and statistics (e.g., MATLAB, R), and experience with
dataloggers and field instrumentation.

In the second position the student will explore how catchment topography
and hydrology combine to influence the spatio-temporal patterns of C and N
in soil, water, and gas phases. Landscape topography will be characterized
using GIS whereas soil and water C will be analyzed using novel, rapid,
spectrofluorometric techniques. The candidate should have a strong
background in hydrology and biogeochemistry, knowledge of C and N cycles,
and experience with field sampling.

Both of these students will be recruited through the exciting,
interdisciplinary graduate program in Water Science and Policy (
www.udel.edu/watersciencepolicy) and will co-advised by Drs. Rodrigo Vargas
and Shreeram Inamdar.

 The positions are for 36 months with a starting date of February 1st 2014,
and will remain open until filled with review of applications and
interviews starting on November 1st. Outstanding UD student benefits
include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; access to UD recreation
and cultural activities; and more!

Applications and inquiries should be sent to Rodrigo Vargas (rvargas at udel.ed
u) and Shreeram Inamdar ( <rbirdsey at fs.fed.us>inamdar at udel.edu).
 Applications should include (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) statement
on research interests and previous experience, (3) GPA and GRE scores, and
(4) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two

Please include in the headline of the email: PhD application for USDA grant

For more information visit our websites!

Rodrigo Vargas: http://udel.edu/~rvargas/

Shreeram Inamdar: http://udel.edu/~inamdar/



Rodrigo Vargas****

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Mail: 152 Townsend Hall

Office: 146 Townsend Hall

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716****

Phone: 302-831-1386,**

web: http://udel.edu/~rvargas/
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