[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate student positions - marine trace metal biogeochemistry - Texas A&M Oceanography

Jessica Fitzsimmons jessfitz at marine.rutgers.edu
Fri Oct 17 03:25:10 MDT 2014

*Graduate student positions available in marine trace metal biogeochemistry
at Texas A&M Oceanography*

The Fitzsimmons Lab
in trace metal biogeochemistry in the Department of Oceanography
<http://ocean.tamu.edu/> at Texas A&M University <http://www.tamu.edu/>
seeks creative and motivated graduate students at the Masters and/or PhD
level to join the lab in Fall 2015. Our research explores the distribution,
physicochemical state, and isotope ratios of trace metals in seawater in
order to better understand the cycling and biological usage of essential
micronutrient metals in the oceans. We are a sea-going group, collecting
our samples on research cruises and then analyzing them back in the
laboratory. Our primary analytical tool is inductively coupled plasma mass
spectrometry (ICP-MS), which is housed in the Williams Radiogenic
Laboratory in the College of Geosciences.

Potential research topics include (but are not limited to) 1) processes
controlling distributions of dissolved, colloidal, and particulate metals
in the ocean; 2) the development of innovative methods to explore the
physicochemical speciation of iron in marine and coastal waters; and 3) the
measurement of micronutrient metal stable isotope ratios to gain knowledge
of the source and/or processes modulating metal distributions in the
oceans. Potential study locations include the Arctic Ocean (US GEOTRACES
<http://www.geotraces.org/>), the West Antarctic Peninsula (Palmer LTER
program <http://pal.lternet.edu/>), the Southeast Pacific Ocean, coastal
California and Maine, and the Gulf of Mexico. Opportunities for
participation in oceanographic cruises will be available and encouraged.

Students should have a strong background in one or more of the following
disciplines: chemistry, biogeochemistry, oceanography, and/or earth science.
Strong chemistry skills, excellent written and oral communication in
English, and most importantly enthusiasm are required. Experience on
oceanographic research cruises, in clean labs, and/or with ICP-MS is

**Application process**
Interested and qualified candidates should send an email describing their
motivation and research interests
along with a CV to Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons <jessfitzsimmons at gmail.com>. Formal
graduate applications to Texas A&M Oceanography
are due January 1st. Financial support for graduate students is available
from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university
and application to outside funding sources is also encouraged.

*About Texas A&M Oceanography*
Texas A&M University is a top-100 university located in College Station,
TX, between the metropolitan cities of Austin and Houston, TX. It is a
land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a dynamic and international
community of 172,000 people situated on 5200 acres of land. Oceanography
graduate faculty are housed primarily in College Station, with associated
scientists and graduate students also on the Galveston campus. The more
than 30 faculty and 60 graduate students in Oceanography sail across the
world to learn more about the ocean’s physical, geological, chemical and
biological properties. The academic curriculum emphasizes an
interdisciplinary approach to discovering the connection between the
oceans’ past, present, and future. Research ranges from monitoring the
hypoxic levels and algal blooms of the Texas Gulf Coast to the
understanding the influence of climate change on the fragile ecosystems of
the Arctic and Antarctic. The department also maintains close ties with the
Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG <http://gerg.tamu.edu/>),
which is an applied research group that serves to link academic education
and research to the real-world needs of government and industry. GERG
expertise includes buoy design, fabrication, deployment, ocean monitoring
and modeling, as well as environmental contaminant assessments of soil,
water, air and organisms. The Oceanography department also works closely
with the rest of the Texas A&M School of Geosciences
<http://geosciences.tamu.edu/>, which includes the Departments of
Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, and Geography, the
Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum Sedimentary Systems, the Integrated Ocean
Discovery Program (IODP), and Texas Sea Grant. Altogether this School
includes >100 research faculty, >200 research and administrative staff, and
>350 graduate students.

Jessica Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(848) 932-3397
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