M.S. Research Assistantship in Applied Forest Ecology – In Stillwater, OK

Agency
Oklahoma State University
Location
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
A graduate stipend of $18,900 annually, tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).
Start Date
08/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
05/15/2021
Description
Zhai Lab is looking for a highly motivated M.S. student to study forest production dynamics under drought disturbance in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Our lab is interested in understanding vegetation dynamics by integrating multiple approaches: statistical- and process-based vegetation model, stable isotope analysis, functional trait analysis, and remote sensing. Application details: 1. Salary/Benefit: A graduate stipend of $18,900 annually, tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee). 2. Starting Date: summer or fall 2021 (summer and fall semester begins in June and August, respectively). 3. Application date: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 4. Qualifications: Applicants should have: (1) A B.S. in natural resources (forestry, rangeland, or agriculture), ecology, botany, geography, or a related field; (2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Desired qualifications include: (1) Experience or coursework in statistical analysis; (2) Interest in plant ecology; (2) Willingness to learn computer programming skills. Previous programming and quantitative analysis background are very helpful. 5. Application: Applicants must create a single PDF with the name containing the first and last name of applicant. Send the PDF to Dr. Lu Zhai (lu.zhai@okstate.edu). The PDF must contain: (1) A 1 or 2-page letter of interest stating motivation to pursue an M.S. degree and research experiences and interests; (2) Curriculum Vitae including GPA, GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students only); (3) Three references: names, emails, and connection with references (i.e., if you participated in a specific project with one reference, please add the project title or topic), (4) Unofficial college transcript and GRE transcript. 6. Location and facilities: Oklahoma State University is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the forest, rangeland, fishery, and wildlife resources.
Qualifications
(1) A B.S. in natural resources (forestry, rangeland, or agriculture), ecology, botany, geography, or a related field; (2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Desired qualifications include: (1) Experience or coursework in statistical analysis; (2) Interest in plant ecology; (2) Willingness to learn computer programming skills. Previous programming and quantitative analysis background are very helpful.
Contact Person
Lu Zhai
Contact eMail
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