Ph.D. Research Assistantship; Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$28,800 per year
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Tennessee State University’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce graduate research assistantships to support a Ph.D. student in conducting research in Forest Ecology. The students will be advised by Dr. Sarah McCarthy-Neumann ( whose research lab investigates the role of plant-soil feedback (PSF) on forest community dynamics (see lab website at Research project focuses on PSF and oak/hickory regeneration failure and encompasses both greenhouse and field experiments. The assistantship begins with Fall 2023 enrollment and is fully funded 12-month GRA positions for 3 years that includes a competitive monthly stipend. We seek applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for field and greenhouse research that contributes to understanding plant-soil feedback as an important mechanism underlying forest community dynamics. The student will have access to substantial existing data from past and ongoing studies, and network of unique study sites. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of the research group, develop independent research questions related to the overall project goals, conduct field work sometimes in remote locations, perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision, and publish research results.
Qualifications: • A M.S. degree in plant/forest ecology, forestry, environmental science, botany or related field. Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) • Experience in report-writing or drafting research articles • A self-motivated, well-organized, adaptive to collaborative work Preference will be given to applicants with: • Experience with running experiments and advanced statistical analysis • Peer-reviewed publications
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Sarah McCarthy Neumann
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