Graduate assistantships are available to carry out an MS or PhD thesis in the areas of organic geochemistry and biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA). Research projects will be interdisciplinary and address a wide range of questions regarding sources, processing, and fate of organic matter in aquatic systems. Topics may include fire-derived carbon (black carbon) cycling in terrestrial and marine environments, the molecular characterization of dissolved organic matter, rainfall-runoff processes, and dissolved organic carbon biogeochemistry in rivers and lakes. Projects will involve fieldwork and the combined use of different methodological and analytical techniques including optical spectroscopy, ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry, stable carbon isotopes, and molecular markers.
We are an inclusive group and welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. Some experience in areas of organic and/or analytical chemistry is beneficial, but not required – Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn is a must! Interested students should email Dr. Sasha Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief description of research interests, relevant experience, and current academic resume or CV. Learn more about the department (science.rpi.edu/earth), graduate school (admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/programs), and Wagner Lab (swagnerlab.com). Deadline to apply for fall admission is January 15, 2020.
Early inquiries regarding research opportunities or the graduate program are encouraged.