Title: Graduate student or technician position in biogeochemistry and sclerochronology
Date Posted: October 2, 2017
Deadline: November 1, 2017
A masters-level position is available for a highly motivated student or recent MS graduate to work under Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael through the University of South Alabama at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Two-years of funding are available to support lab-based studies on the use of elemental biomarkers in bivalve shell to trace entry of anthropogenic contaminants to coastal food webs. The applicant will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary research lab that employs stable isotope and trace element analyses for dietary, condition, anthropogenic source tracing, and movement/ migration studies.
Responsibilities include managing a newly funded research study on how oysters incorporate oil and other anthropogenic-derived elements into shell and tissue under different salinity regimes to provide a biomarker of the time scales and signatures of contaminant entry to coastal food webs. The applicant will work closely with other lab members and project collaborators to conduct lab treatments, elemental analyses, peer-reviewed publications as well as managing project-based outreach, including social media accounts, webpage content, and stakeholder meetings.
Applicants should have experience working in wet- and clean lab conditions, strong background in chemistry and/or geology, including clean sampling and handling techniques. Applicants must have excellent writing and speaking skills. Experience with R and other statistical methods preferred. Familiarity with GIS software is a plus.
To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV, an example of written work, and the names and contact information for at least three references by email to email@example.com. Student applicants must meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Marine Science Program at the University of South Alabama.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is on or near 01/02/17 with the student matriculating in fall of the 2018-2019 academic year.