PhD Assistantship in Desert Wetland Ecology: Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University
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Graduate Assistantships
18K + tuition waiver
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We are recruiting a highly motivated PhD student to work on the ecology and biochemistry of desert waters. This is part of a larger project focused on desert water management for wildlife that the Griffis-Kyle lab is conducting in the Sonoran Desert of south-central Arizona. The research specific research questions are flexible, but will relate to isolated desert waters, biogeochemistry, and wildlife management. The student will work as part of a team during the summer in Arizona. Their responsibilities will include deploying and maintaining data loggers and aerators, sampling water quality. They will also participate in the collection of eDNA and amphibian surveys. The position is funded for $18K/year plus a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships. Furnished field housing and utilities are provided (generally June through August or September). We encourage applications from all, especially ethnic and gender minorities. Texas Tech University is one of four major state supported universities in Texas and is designated as an emerging research university by the State of Texas. Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle ( and have “Graduate opportunity” in the subject line. Please include in the email: 1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why I should hire you 2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience 3. Unofficial transcripts 4. GRE scores 5. Contact information for three references 6. Address, phone, and email Position contingent upon funding. Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees.
Applicants must have completed an MS in a related field. They must be willing and able to function in the summer desert environment safely. This position requires hard work, problem solving, attention to detail, and a tolerance for desert heat. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking to remote sites, odd hours and extended hours during seasonal rains, driving a 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Applicants must be US citizens as this work is done on military lands. The student will need to pass a military background check as a part of the permitting process. Expect to encounter venomous snakes and invertebrates as well as large carnivores during the field season. Rock climbing or scrambling experience is helpful but not required. Experience with electrical wiring is helpful, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates with a strong record of academic and research achievements and excellent communication skills.
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Kerry Griffis-Kyle
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