MS Research Assistantship: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (Clemson University), Georgetown, SC:

Agency
Baruch Institute, Clemson University
Location
Georgetown, SC
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
20,000
Start Date
08/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
06/15/2021
Description
I am seeking a Master of Science student to conduct research related to ecology within the upper Savannah River estuary - freshwater and oligohaline conditions. In general, we will investigate dynamics of [seasonally restricted] floating and non-floating marshes. Potential topics could include biogeochemical cycling, [small] spatial variation in salinity, and hurricane water level attenuation by the marshes. Other topics would also be considered. The student will be expected to develop a proposal outlining their research topic, collect field data, analyze data and interpret results, and defend their thesis to a committee; coursework taken on the main Clemson campus is also inherent to the degree program. To fulfill their Research Assistantship, the student will also be involved with current research and monitoring projects, including: semi-annual collection and sorting of marsh vegetation, monthly measurement of tree growth, quarterly downloads of salinity data from autonomous loggers, and miscellaneous tasks associated with this and other research projects. Therefore, coursework taken on campus (in Clemson) will be done in a batched manner. Proficiency in the use of common computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is expected and a valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Because field duties will require extensive use of small (16 foot) outboard motorboats, the ability to swim is also required. Applicants should have a BS degree in natural resources or a related field from an accredited university; there is no GRE requirement in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University. Fieldwork associated with the Research Assistantship is a very energy intensive endeavor, requiring a high level of physical fitness; this should not be underestimated or taken lightly. Conditions in the field are very hot and humid in summer months. Vegetation sampling involves traversing floatant and solid ground marshes on foot for extensive distances (e.g., 250 m) while carrying several 13-gallon garbage bags of marsh plants. Proper training will be provided for safe motorboat operation, marsh plant identification, and use of appropriate tools (e.g., handheld GPS, statistical techniques), but appropriate physical fitness will be expected at the time of hire. The Graduate Research Assistantship stipend is $20,000 annual. Tuition and project travel will also be covered for 2.5 years, though the student will be required to secure their housing in Clemson while taking courses, and near BICEFS (Georgetown, SC) area while not taking on-campus courses. The student should also anticipate the need to pay Clemson University fees imposed each semester and summer, and university parking fees (depending upon housing location, maybe optional) while they are on the main campus. Interested applicants should send a complete application package (with reference letters) to Dr. Jamie Duberstein at JDubers@Clemson.edu. The application package should include a letter of interest, current CV, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for three professional references that will substantiate the applicant’s initiative and demonstrated commitment to quality data collection. Applications are due June 15th, 2021 and the position starts August 1st, 2021.
Qualifications
Proficiency in the use of common computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is expected and a valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Because field duties will require extensive use of small (16 foot) outboard motorboats, the ability to swim is also required. Applicants should have a BS degree in natural resources or a related field from an accredited university. Appropriate physical fitness will be expected at the time of hire (see job description). Interested applicants should send a complete application package (with reference letters) to Dr. Jamie Duberstein at JDubers@Clemson.edu. The application package should include a letter of interest, current CV, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for three professional references that will substantiate the applicant’s initiative and demonstrated commitment to quality data collection. Applications are due June 15th, 2021 and the position starts August 1st, 2021.
Contact Person
Dr. Jamie Duberstein
Contact eMail
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