[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Position in Floodplain Biogeochemistry

Marco Keiluweit keiluweit at umass.edu
Mon Jun 20 18:56:44 MDT 2016

PhD Project: Organic Matter Mineralization and Metal Cycling During Flood Plain Evolution

University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry

We are inviting applications for a fully funded PhD graduate research assistantship in the Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry group at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst.

Research: The successful candidate will conduct research into the metabolic constraints on the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter within floodplains. The overarching goal of this research is to decipher the coevolution of organic carbon and metal chemistry within floodplains, and its resulting determinant of carbon oxidation rates and metal contaminant fate and transport. This DOE-funded research is focused on the Colorado and associated River basins where a legacy of mining has left floodplain aquifers contaminated with uranium and other metals. The candidates will combine experiments in laboratories with field sampling and long-term monitoring to examine the key microbial processes responsible for the cycling of carbon and associated metals. Candidates will have the excellent opportunity to apply cutting-edge synchrotron-based spectroscopy/microscopy, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques to study the microbial transformations of carbon and metals. This research will be conducted in collaboration with a supportive team of scientists at UMass-Amherst, Stanford University, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

Qualifications: Applicants with Bachelor degree in soil science or a related field (environmental science, hydrology, geoscience, microbiology, or environmental chemistry) are encouraged to apply. We expect the student to have a general interest in fundamental biogeochemical mechanisms in soils, and to creatively integrate his or her own ideas within the broader framework of the project.

Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

Application: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, copies of Bachelor and/or Master degrees (including academic transcripts), and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit (keiluweit at umass.edu) by July 15, 2016, or until the position is filled.  The start date is negotiable, but ideally Sept 2016 or Jan 2017. 

Marco Keiluweit
Assistant Professor
Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry
University of Massachusetts—Amherst
161 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003
Email: keiluweit at umass.edu
Phone: +1 413-545-6798
Paige Laboratory 411 (office) and 401/408 (lab)

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