[ES_JOBS_NET] Two Graduate Research Assistantships in Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at the University of Tennessee

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu May 12 08:17:14 MDT 2016

*Two Graduate Research Assistantships in Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at
the University of Tennessee*

One M.S. and one Ph.D. research assistantships in Soil Science are
available in the department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
(BESS) at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, TN. The overarching
goal is to study soil organic carbon dynamics in managed and unmanaged
ecosystems in response to natural and anthropogenic perturbations. The
research will involve conducting field experiments in the long-term
agriculture experimental sites in Tennessee and in the Ozark mountains
experimental site in Missouri. Some aspects of the research will involve
active collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.  The
screening of the applications will begin immediately and will continue
until suitable candidates are selected.

The applicants must have B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in soil science,
agronomy, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, biology or closely
related fields with demonstrated experience in soil-associated research
involving field and/or laboratory components. Applicants should also
possess excellent academic performance record, and strong oral and written
communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong
interest in one or more of the following: conducting field-based research,
designing and executing laboratory experiments, and presenting and
publishing research findings. Proficiency with analytical instrumentations
(e.g. carbon and nitrogen elemental analyzer, gas chromatography),
microbiological skills (e.g. nucleic acid extractions, sequencing,
bioinformatics), lab management and mentoring undergraduate students are
desirable. Prior publication record is also a criterion for selecting the
student for the Ph.D. position.

The successful applicants will receive a tuition waiver, annual stipend
typical of the department and health insurance. These positions require
travel to research fields and a valid driver license. Successful candidates
must demonstrate a strong commitment to research, excellent work ethic, and
ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. The final
admission will be based on the requirements of the Graduate Admissions
Office at UTK. The position will be filled in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma, Assistant
Professor, BESS, UTK (email: sjagada1 at utk.edu, phone: 865-974-2690). Enclose
your current CV, unofficial copies of transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores (if
applicable), and contact information for three references.
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