We are recruiting student(s) to work on the microbial ecology of terrestrial-aquatic linkages at University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC. Opportunities exist for a student to develop a project in this discipline that aligns with their interests and career goals. Possible projects include:
1) bacterial community assembly during intermittent storm runoff exposure,
2) functional response of aquatic systems to terrestrially-derived microbiota,
3) temporal patterns of microbial communities in Carolina bay wetlands.
Successful applicants would be expected to enroll in an MS program at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology. Typically, MS students spend 2 semesters on the main Athens, GA campus before moving to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; Aiken County, SC). This position includes the option to begin summer research at SREL before Fall semester coursework. SREL is a remote unit of the University of Georgia and is located on the Savannah River Site, approximately 2.5 hours away from the UGA main campus. The selected student(s) will be expected to publish the work as peer-reviewed manuscripts, with manuscripts in “submission-ready” form prior to graduation.
Applicants should submit their C.V., contact information for 3 professional references, and a one-page letter describing their previous educational and research experience, research interests, and professional goals as they relate to the position to Dr. Raven Bier (email@example.com). Please put “MS assistantship” in the subject line of the email. Submissions will be considered as they are received but are due no later than 4 November 2020.
Start date: August 2021 (optional summer start for conducting research prior to fall semester)
Minimum qualifications include a B.S. or B.A. degree in ecology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, or related disciplines. Preferred qualifications include previous field and laboratory experience, prior experience conducting independent research, writing skills and the ability to work well in a team.