[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate Assistantship opportunity in soil science or hydrology at the University of Tennessee

Schaeffer, Sean Michael sschaef5 at utk.edu
Thu Jun 9 07:02:45 MDT 2016

Graduate Assistantship in Soil Physics and Soil Microbiology in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee

We are seeking 1 MS or PhD student to work on a multidisciplinary project investigating the feedbacks between soil microbial activity, soil structure and hydrology.  Research involves modeling the physical and biological controls on soil microbial activity and soil structure in agroecosystems in Tennessee, Iowa and Illinois.  A degree (BS or MS) in Soil Science, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or a related field is required.  A strong foundation in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, soil physics or hydrology is preferred, and experience with quantitative modeling or isotope tracers is highly desired. This position requires working independently and constructively in teams through performing original research, meeting participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.  Projects will involve both laboratory and field work at the University of Tennessee in the Departments of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), as well as the potential to collaborate with scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab.

Assistantships include tuition, 12 month stipend and health insurance.  The start date is Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 depending upon student admittance into the Graduate Program.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the state's flagship research institution, the campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution.  We are located in East Tennessee close to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science comprises an energetic group of tenure-track, research, teaching and extension faculty; and >100 graduate and undergraduate students.
To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter describing your experience and qualifications to:
Dr. Sean Schaeffer (sschaef5 at utk.edu)

Sean Schaeffer
Assistant Professor
Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7266
Email: sschaef5 at utk.edu

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