Paid Masters or PhD Traineeship – Plant Physiological Ecology

Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN
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Dependent on project
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Master’s or PhD training opportunities in the Kinmonth lab at TN Technological University in the area of Plant Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology, Molecular Biology, or Modeling of Biological Systems to any undergraduate students who are graduating this Spring or next Fall. Of particular note, is the opportunity for students interested in working with rural, Appalachian or Cherokee communities; however, there are multiple opportunities. Funding through Teaching Assistantship is available, with potential for research training fellowships. Projects of need: 1. Modeling the intersection between molecular-flowering-time control pathways and environment, to predict future success of coastal Eelgrass communities (a keystone species). Previous modeling experience not required – just eagerness and demonstrated ability to learn! 2. NRT-NSF project at the nexus of food, energy, and water in rural, Appalachian, or Cherokee communities. Specifics to be identified by student in collaboration with advisor and others. More info about opportunity here ( Any rural community could be considered. 3. Interactive effect of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature on flowering times (molecular, physiological and/or modeling components). 4. Possibility of additional projects depending on interest. Dr. Kinmonth uses an interdisciplinary approach to study complex plant-environment interactions, including molecular biology, physiological ecology, and mathematical modeling. She is very willing to train students that show an eagerness and ability to learn new skills. Tennessee Technological University is an intermediate-sized university, that promotes strong connection between students and their advisors. TN Tech is located in Cookeville, TN which has a vibrant, growing downtown, lined with locally-owned businesses. Cookeville residents have easy access to the outdoors through several local state parks and natural areas, and quick access to metropolitan areas with Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga being within 1.5 hrs driving. Any questions, please reach out to Dr. Kinmonth, directly, at Summer applications for Fall are due July 1st; Applications for the NRT-NSF fellowship are due June 1st. **Applications must be submitted in collaboration with Dr. Kinmonth, so please contact by April 20, 2023. If interested, send a CV or resume and cover letter expressing interest in these or related projects to Materials screened upon receipt.**
Bachelors of Science in Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology, Math, Computer Science, or related fields. Interest in plant biological sciences. Demonstrated ability to learn new skills. Demonstrated follow through and task completion. MUST send a CV or resume and cover letter expressing interest in these projects or related work to Dr. Kinmonth at by April 20, 2023. Materials screened upon receipt.
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Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz
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