Position for a Master’s Student to conduct research on stream metabolism in coastal Texas streams
The Stream and River Biogeochemistry Lab (https://sites.google.com/site/amberjulseth/home) within the Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.shsu.edu/academics/biological-sciences/) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is seeking a master’s student to conduct research on ecosystem metabolism in coastal Texas streams. The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary team working on linking stream ecosystem metabolism to higher trophic levels in streams that span the precipitation gradient along the Texas coast. This project, TERRG: Thresholds in ecosystem responses to rainfall gradients, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-DEB 1927639) and is composed of a dynamic team of researchers from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State University and the University of Florida. The student will be primarily supervised by Dr. Amber Ulseth and will be based in Huntsville, Texas at SHSU.
Applicants must have a background or experience working in ecology, specifically aquatic ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Applicants should have prior experience conducting research or working in the field and laboratory settings. Working in a collegial and professional manner within the field and lab is an absolute must. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree upon the start date and must be admitted to the graduate program at SHSU (see https://www.shsu.edu/academics/biological-sciences/programs/graduate-biology-program.html for more information on the requirements of admission to the graduate program at SHSU). Preference will be given to applicants who have any experience working with sensors. The ability to use the statistical program R is beneficial, and if not, at minimum, an enthusiasm and willingness to learn R.
To apply for this position, please send the following as a
single pdf to Dr. Amber Ulseth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) that outlines:
o your research and career interests
o relevant research/work experience
o why this master’s project is of interest to you,
o the names and contact information for 3 references,
- curriculum vitae,
- undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are fine)
The Stream and River Biogeochemistry Lab at SHSU is an inclusive lab, and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds. The deadline is September 15th 2019, with a start date in January 2020 for the spring semester.