[ES_JOBS_NET] MS Assistantship Position in Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Nov 21 15:25:49 MST 2014

Date:    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:17:25 -0500
From:    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Brian_Roberts?= <broberts at LUMCON.EDU>
Subject: MS Assistantship Position in Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry

MS Assistantship Position in Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry available=20=

beginning January 2015
The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the Louisiana=
Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a graduate research=20=

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=20
designing and carrying out a thesis project that will examine the effects=
salinity manipulations on greenhouse gas production, nitrification, and=20=

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=20
(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=20=

wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology group led by Drs. Brian=20
Roberts (LUMCON), Anne Giblin (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Anne=20=

Bernhard (Connecticut College). The student will be supported through the=
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Coastal Science=20
Assistantship Program which provides the student with the opportunity to=20=

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=20=

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.=20=

Start Date:  The position can begin as early as 1 December 2014, but=20
candidates must be available by January 2015 to enroll for the spring=20
semester.  The MS assistantship provides a competitive stipend including=20=

summer support, health insurance, and covers tuition expenses.  Thesis=20=

research and project-related travel expenses including making at least on=
presentation at a scientific meeting will be covered by funding from the=20=

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=20=

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=20
experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3)=20
transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are acceptable initially), =
4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts=20
(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=20
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=20=

until the position is filled.=20=20

LUMCON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively=20=

seeks diversity among its employees.
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