[ES_JOBS_NET] Ph.D. Position (U. Maryland): Food and the Environment

Zhang Xin zhangxinpku at gmail.com
Tue Dec 13 18:45:37 MST 2016

The Zhang Lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental
Science (UMCES) is seeking a motived Ph.D. student interested in
investigating the interactions between food production and global
environmental change with data-driven approaches. The student would have
the opportunity to design his/her own topic of investigation related to
food security, agricultural production, climate change, and/or global
nitrogen and carbon cycles. In addition, the student will be able to work
closely with modeling development groups at Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory at Princeton and Centre de Coopération Internationale en
Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) in France.

The Zhang lab has been using interdisciplinary and data-driven approaches
to examine strategies for addressing the triple challenges of food
security, environment degradation, and climate change. Ongoing research
projects include modeling the impact of agricultural production on global
nitrogen cycle and assessing the environmental and economic trade-offs
between expansion and intensification of agriculture production.

The successful candidate will have working knowledge of the biogeochemical
and biophysical processes of the earth system, strong quantitative skills,
and proficiency in at least one basic programming language (e.g. Matlab, R,
FORTRAN). Prior research experience in environmental science and policy is

 The position is based at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg,
Maryland and comes with a highly competitive stipend and benefits package.
Three years of support are available through research assistantships, with
additional support possible through competitive teaching assistantships.
Finalists for the position will also be encouraged to apply for fellowships
through UMCES:


The student will matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and
Environmental Sciences Program (MEES) at the University of Maryland,
College Park and will reside at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg for
the duration of the project. Frostburg is a small college town in the
mountains of western Maryland, providing abundant outdoor recreational

To apply, please email Xin Zhang (xin.zhang at umces.edu) a single PDF
containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact
information for three references. Please indicate “Food and the Environment
PhD position” in your subject line. Review of applications will begin March
1, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found, with
starting dates available as soon as September 2016 and no later than
September 2017.

UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE.  Individuals with disabilities,
veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Best wishes!

Xin Zhang, Assistant Professor

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Appalachian Laboratory

301 Braddock Rd., Frostburg, MD 21532

Tel: 301-689-7201

E-mail: xzhang at al.umces.edu

Website: http://greeningxin.com/
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