[ES_JOBS_NET] MS Assistantship Position in Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry available beginning January 2015

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Dec 5 14:12:35 MST 2014

Date:    Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:33:21 -0500
From:    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Brian_Roberts?= <broberts at LUMCON.EDU>
Subject: MS Assistantship Position in Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry
available beginning January 2015

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the Louisiana=

Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a graduate research
assistant at the Master of Science level to examine the influence of rive=
diversions on carbon and nitrogen cycling in Louisiana freshwater, bracki=
and salt marshes.  The student is expected to play an active role in
designing and carrying out a thesis project that will examine the effects=
salinity manipulations on greenhouse gas production, nitrification, and
denitrification rates at multiple marshes along the Barataria Bay estuari=
system salinity gradient.  The student will join a large, multi-instituti=
team of researchers on the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) project
(http://cwc.lumcon.edu/) funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative=
study the impacts of the oil spill and future spills on marshes and coast=
environments.  Specifically, the student will be collaborating with the
wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology group led by Drs. Brian
Roberts (LUMCON), Anne Giblin (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Anne
Bernhard (Connecticut College). The student will be supported through the=

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Coastal Science
Assistantship Program which provides the student with the opportunity to
complete an internship at a CPRA office during the period of CPRA funding=
The research activities will be supported through the larger CWC project.=

Qualifications:  The candidate must have a B.S in ecology, wetland scienc=
biogeochemistry or a related field.  The candidate will also be expected =
participate in field work that may require physical effort to transport
equipment in field sites throughout Louisiana that are accessible only by=

small boats.  The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as thi=
researcher will work collaboratively with the PI=92s, post docs, graduate=

students, and other research associates/technicians on this CWC project.

Start Date:  The position can begin as early as 1 December 2014, but
candidates must be available by January 2015 to enroll for the spring
semester.  The MS assistantship provides a competitive stipend including
summer support, health insurance, and covers tuition expenses.  Thesis
research and project-related travel expenses including making at least on=
presentation at a scientific meeting will be covered by funding from the
BP/GoMRI project.

Location:  The student will be enrolled in the Department of Oceanography=

and Coastal Sciences (http://www.oceanography.lsu.edu/) at Louisiana Stat=
University in Baton Rouge. The student=92s thesis research will be based =
the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) at the LUMCON Marine
Center in Cocodrie, LA (visit http:///www.lumcon.edu for information on t=

To Apply:  Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in t=
position, your career goals, and details your work and educational
experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3)
transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are acceptable initially), =
4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts
(broberts at lumcon.edu) with =93Wetland biogeochemistry MS position=94 in t=
subject line. Applicants should also complete the LSU DOCS graduate study=

pre-application forms that can be found at
http://www.oceanography.lsu.edu/preapp/preapplication.shtm to help expedi=
the review process. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Roberts by em=
or phone (985-851-2821).

Deadline:  Review of applications will commence immediately and continue
until the position is filled.

LUMCON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively
seeks diversity among its employees.
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