[ES_JOBS_NET] a postdoc and two Ph.D. students, Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 06:31:44 MDT 2018




The Carey Lab is recruiting a postdoc and two Ph.D. students! See below:

Two Ph.D. Student positions:

The Carey Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech has
funding for two Ph.D. student positions to start in late Spring/early Summer
2019. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at
the Ph.D. level interested in studying freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

Position 1: We are seeking a Ph.D. student to examine carbon cycling in
local drinking water reservoirs. This project involves substantial field
sampling with other graduate students and undergraduate assistants to lead a
reservoir monitoring program, and will involve multiple opportunities to
conduct whole-ecosystem reservoir oxygenation experiments. This position is
part of a new NSF-supported project to study the effects of changing oxygen
conditions on carbon burial in reservoirs. We aim to recruit a student that
has experience in the field and interest in working with high-frequency
water quality sensors. This student would interact closely with reservoir
managers to help make recommendations for drinking water management

Position 2: We are seeking a Ph.D. student who will integrate field data
with simulation models to study lake water quality responses to changing
climate and management. This position is part of a recently-funded,
multi-institutional NSF project to develop water quality forecasts for
drinking water lakes and reservoirs. This highly interdisciplinary project
will involve close collaborations with ecosystem modelers, computer
scientists, and social scientists to examine the feedbacks between human
decision-making and water quality. We aim to recruit a student with modeling
experience and strong quantitative skills. This student would work closely
with managers to help develop water quality forecasts that guide their
drinking water management.

We seek conscientious and energetic students who can work independently
while participating in a fun and highly collaborative lab environment. The
Carey Lab is part of the Virginia Tech Stream Team, an
internationally-recognized group of faculty and students focused on
understanding the community and ecosystem ecology of aquatic habitats. This
vibrant research group provides an ideal environment for conducting graduate
work within an interactive and supportive community of aquatic and ecosystem
scientists. Virginia Tech, as Virginia's leading research institution, has a
strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences.
Virginia Tech is located in scenic southwestern Virginia, and its close
proximity to ponds, reservoirs, streams, woodlands, and other diverse
habitats makes it an ideal location for field studies.

Both student positions will be funded on a combination of teaching and
research assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition
waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an
email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests,
your C.V., an unofficial transcript, a list of past research experiences and
mentors, and GRE scores (if available) to cayelan at vt.edu.  Please feel free
to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school
at Virginia Tech, or potential research questions.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Freshwater Carbon Cycling:

A new position for a postdoctoral research associate is available in the
Carey Lab, a vibrant, highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research team
working in freshwater ecosystem science at Virginia Tech. This position is
part of a new NSF project that will study the effects of changing dissolved
oxygen availability on carbon cycling in local drinking water reservoirs.
This project will address the overarching question: How will increasingly
variable oxygen concentrations, due to land use and climate change, alter
carbon processing and greenhouse gas emissions in freshwater ecosystems? To
address this question, the research team will use whole-ecosystem
experiments, high-frequency sensor monitoring, and modeling.

We are seeking a creative and highly collaborative Ph.D. with significant
quantitative research experience in freshwater science and biogeochemistry,
especially data analysis and ecosystem modeling. The successful applicant
will work with graduate students and faculty to address fundamental
questions surrounding the effects of changing oxygen availability on
ecosystem dynamics in lakes and reservoirs. Research activities will
include: helping to oversee whole-ecosystem oxygenation experiments in which
we will switch a reservoir, on demand, between oxic and anoxic conditions to
study carbon processing in different redox environments; analyzing field
data; using ecosystem simulation models to study the fate of carbon entering
reservoirs on minute to decade time scales; and collaborating with reservoir
managers and scientists from other universities. The postdoc will work
closely with Dr. Paul Hanson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part
of the project.

The position start date is flexible, aiming to start in Spring/Summer 2019.
The position will be for two years, contingent upon a successful one-year
review. Candidates must be able to legally work in the U.S. and hold a U.S.
driver's license. Applicants should apply via this link:
https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/88759 to submit: 1) a cover letter
explaining their research experience and how it fits the required and
preferred qualifications of the postdoctoral position, as well as how they
envision the position to align with their future goals; 2) a CV; and 3)
names and contact information for three references to the jobs.vt.edu
website. Apply to posting #SR0180137.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Dr. Cayelan Carey

 <mailto:Cayelan at vt.edu> Cayelan at vt.edu


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