The Limnology Lab of Dr. Thad Scott (http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=934866) at Baylor University is seeking applicants for a PhD graduate assistantship starting in Fall 2018. Applicants should apply to the Biology PhD program (http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=68415). We are particularly interested in applicants who will structure their PhD research within one or more of the major research emphasis areas in the lab:
1) Nitrogen Transformations and Ecosystem Stoichiometry
2) Biogeochemistry of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)
3) Computational Modeling of Lakes
Baylor has outstanding research and teaching facilities. The Limnology Lab is housed in the 500,000 sq. ft Baylor Sciences Building and student offices are situated adjacent to the lab and other aquatic teaching and research labs. Students will have access to equipment and instrumentation through both the Limnology Lab, as well as the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (http://www.baylor.edu/crasr), which is an analytical laboratory supporting a suite of water, sediment, and tissue chemical analyses. An isotope ratio mass spectrometer lab is also just down the hall, one of several multi-user shared facilities offering state-of-the-art instrumentation. Off campus, the 180-acre Lake Waco Wetlands (http://www.lakewacowetlands.com) supports the Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research (BEAR) outdoor stream facility, (http://www.baylor.edu/aquaticlab/index.php?id=869250), one of the largest stream mesocosm facilities in North America. We are also currently planning BEAR2, an experimental impoundment facility supporting long-term experiments addressing the major research emphasis areas described above.
Baylor offers excellent financial support for qualified applicants. Annual stipends start at $22,500 but can reach up to $30,500 with stipend enhancement scholarships from the Graduate school. Stipends are awarded to students for up to 5 years, assuming the student remains in good standing in the department. Admission also includes full tuition remission, health insurance benefits, and additional funding opportunities to travel to professional meetings.
Applicants should possess an M.S. or B.S. degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field. Applicants without a graduate degree should have substantial undergraduate research experience and an outstanding academic record. Admission requirements can be found on the departmental graduate admissions webpage (http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=68418).
Applicants also must possess a U.S. driver's license.
If you meet these criteria and are considering applying, please send an email describing your background and interests to Dr. Thad Scott (Thad_Scott@baylor.edu). No application will be considered without previous interaction by email or telephone/skype with Dr. Scott. Complete applications should be submitted to the Graduate School by January 15, 2018 to be eligible for an all-expenses paid campus visit for the most qualified applicants.
MS or BS in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, or closely related field.