[ES_JOBS_NET] Two Graduate Assistantships to study urban streams

Anne Jefferson dr.anne.jefferson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 12:22:35 MDT 2018

We are seeking *two* graduate assistants for an NSF-funded collaborative
project aimed at understanding how stormwater management decisions
translate to hydrologic and environmental outcomes in urban streams in
Cleveland (Ohio) and Denver (Colorado). These funded graduate student
researchers will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists that includes
ecologists, hydrologists, and social scientists across three institutes.
These positions will be within the Departments of Geology and Biological
Sciences at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

*GA in Urban Hydrology – Department of Geology*

The funded graduate student will be part of the dynamic Department of
Geology at Kent State University, with additional opportunities for time at
Colorado State University. The graduate student will be co-advised by Anne
Jefferson (Kent State University, http://all-geo.org/jefferson) and Aditi
Bhaskar (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University,

The funded graduate student researcher will develop research projects that
include using watershed modeling to test the effects of various stormwater
management decisions, conducting hydrologic and land use change analyses in
urban watersheds, and/or measuring relationships between flow, turbidity,
and suspended sediment in urban streams.

PhD applicants are preferred, but exceptional MS applicants will be
considered. Four years of funding, as a mixture of research and teaching
assistantships, is guaranteed for PhD students who have completed a MS
degree. A background in hydrology, with degrees in geology or civil or
environmental engineering preferred. Preference will be given to candidates
with experience in hydrologic modeling and/or computer programming.

Applications will be considered for January, June, or August 2019 starts.
To apply, please send (1) a cover letter with your background, expertise,
and research interests; (2) a CV or resume; and (3) unofficial transcripts
to Dr. Anne Jefferson (ajeffer9 at kent.edu).

*GA in Urban Stream Metabolism – Department of Biological Sciences*

The funded graduate student will join the Costello Biogeochemistry Lab at
KSU and be advised by David Costello (https://costellolab.weebly.com). The
graduate student will develop field-based research projects that explore
how urban streams function and how restoration and stormwater management in
the urban landscape can ultimately influence the energy balance of streams.
The student will have the opportunity to develop their own research
projects that take advantage of state-of-the-art sensor technology and
field sites in urban Cleveland and Denver.

We are looking for an exceptional MS applicant but applicants to the PhD
program will also be considered. The Department of Biological Sciences
guarantees funding for 2 years for MS students and 4 years for PhD students
(includes summer funding). Independent research experience is required and
experience with ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry is preferred.
Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and
a desire to handle large datasets; the graduate student will be asked to
implement Bayesian statistical models in the software package R.

We are looking for a student to start in Fall 2019. If interested in the GA
in Urban Stream Metabolism, please contact David Costello directly (
dcostel3 at kent.edu) and provide a CV/resume and a cover letter that briefly
describes your background, expertise, and research interests. An official
application must be submitted through KSU Admissions, and the admission
deadline for Fall 2019 is Dec. 15 (Dec. 5 for international students).

For more information about graduate programs at Kent State please see:

Geology: https://www.kent.edu/geology

Biological Sciences: https://www.kent.edu/biology/graduate-programs

Anne Jefferson   http://all-geo.org/jefferson/
Department of Geology, Kent State University
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