Funded Graduate Opportunity in Desert Waters Ecology: Texas/Arizona

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
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Graduate Assistantships
$18K/year for a MS student or $21K/year for a PhD student plus a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships
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We are recruiting a highly motivated applicant interested in earning either a MS or a PhD to work on the ecology and biogeochemistry of desert waters in the lab of Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle. This is part of a larger project focused on desert water management for wildlife that the Griffis-Kyle lab is conducting in the Sonoran Desert of south-central Arizona. Specific research questions are flexible, but they will relate to isolated desert waters, biogeochemistry, and wildlife management. The student will work as part of a team during the summer in Arizona. Their responsibilities will include data collection using various handheld probes and meters, deploying and maintaining data loggers and aerators, sampling water quality, and report writing. They will also participate in the collection of eDNA and amphibian surveys. The position is funded at $18K/year for a MS student or $21K/year for a PhD student plus a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships. Furnished field housing and utilities are provided (generally June through August or September).
Applicants must have completed a BSc (if applying for an MS) or MS (if applying for a PhD) in a related field. This position requires hard work, problem solving, attention to detail, and a tolerance for desert heat. Applicants must be willing and able to safely function in the summer desert environment. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking to remote sites, odd hours and extended hours during seasonal rains, driving a 4wd safely on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Applicants must be US citizens and be able to pass a military background check as this work is funded by the Department of Defense and conducted on military lands. Applicants should expect to encounter venomous snakes and invertebrates as well as large carnivores in the field. Rock climbing or scrambling experience is helpful but not required. Experience with electrical wiring is helpful, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates with a strong record of academic and research achievements and excellent communication skills. We encourage applications from all, especially ethnic and gender minorities. Texas Tech University is one of four major state supported universities in Texas and is designated as a National Research University by the State of Texas and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education. Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees. Interested applicants should email Sadie Roth ( and have “Graduate opportunity” in the subject line. Please include in the email: 1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why you are a good fit for the position 2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience and contact information 3. Unofficial transcripts 4. GRE scores (not required, but encouraged) 5. Contact information for three references For additional information: Department of Natural Resources Management: Dr. Griffis-Kyle:
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