Ph.D. Assistantship: stream ecology/algal ecology

A PhD assistantship is available in the Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech University. There is some flexibility in project focus depending on the student’s interest and background. Potential research projects include evaluating stream functional responses to channel restoration activities, assessing the role of channel drying on nutrient cycling within agricultural streams, or developing microspectroscopy techniques to study individual algal cell biochemistry.

The student will serve as a teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental Sciences or Department of Biology. TA duties require 20 hours/week of service, amounting to 1 class or laboratory taught per semester, excluding the semester of comprehensive exams.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in aquatic ecology, algal ecology, biogeochemistry or closely related field at time of enrollment (minimum G.P.A. of 3.0).

Interested applicants should send a (1) cover letter describing experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information of 2 individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Dr. Justin Murdock at jnmurdock@tntech.edu by May 24, 2013. Position start date is 8/19/2013.

Salary: Yearly stipend is $18,500 with tuition and fees waived.

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