The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab at Utah State University is seeking a PhD or postdoc candidate on a fully-funded NSF Critical Zone Network project (tuition, stipend, fees, and insurance for 4 years for the PhD or 2 years of stipend and full benefits for the postdoc). The scientist will explore the role of atmospheric dust in watershed biogeochemical cycles and aquatic ecosystems. The project is primarily focused on understanding the fate and mobility of dusts within watersheds. Additionally, the candidate will conduct a thorough review of the relevant research while developing their contribution to the field within a thesis supported by the above project. The student or postdoc will have the opportunity to collaborate with postdocs and other graduate students working on closely related projects. Wide latitude in approach and methods will be extended to the successful candidate.
The student must have completed an MSc by the start date and have a strong interest and background in one or some of the following subjects: biogeochemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, water quality, limnology, and/or ecosystem ecology. Students with analytical laboratory work experience, an interest in biogeochemistry, strong communication skills, and experience with R, Matlab, or Python are preferred.
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field (biogeochemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, water quality, limnology, ecosystem ecology, etc). Candidates with analytical laboratory work experience, an interest in biogeochemistry, strong communication skills, and experience with R, Matlab, or Python are preferred.
How to Apply
Please send 1) a cover letter, 2) your unofficial transcripts, and 3) a CV that includes the names and contact information for three references to Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant experience and interest in this project. Specifically, address how you anticipate contributing to the project goals.
The review of applications is ongoing and interviews will begin on March 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. The appointment start date is negotiable. The initial commitment is for one year up to two years for the postdoc position, contingent on performance. If a Ph.D. is selected, funding is in place for four years, contingent on performance.
About Logan and Utah State University
Utah State University is located in the city of Logan, Utah, a town with approximately 50,000 residents. Situated in a valley between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges, Logan offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including local ski resorts, biking, and hiking trails. Logan is just a short drive to Salt Lake City, as well as many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation Areas. The low cost of living makes this area an attractive place to live, play, and work.