M.S. Research Assistantship Opportunity - University of Arkansas, USA

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A two year M.S. Research Assistantship is available with the University of Arkansas-Arkansas Forest Resources Center.

This assistantship carries a stipend of $15,000 per year plus tuition and fee waivers.

Requirements: Satisfactory GRE scores; B.S. degree in soil science, forestry, chemistry, biology, or related field

Project: Remote Sensing of Soil and Plant Chemistry in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Physiographic Region of Arkansas Using Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy

The successful candidate will work closely with other graduate students and researchers on a long-term multidisciplinary woody biomass project looking at sequestration of atmospheric carbon, production of cellulosic biofuels, and impacts on multiple ecosystem services.

The objective of this research is to quantify and relate soil and foliar chemistry in a newly established biomass plantation.

Both standard chemical analytical techniques and remote sensing technologies will be utilized.

This research is expected to improve techniques for rapidly and accurately characterizing ecosystem changes that affect both site productivity and ecosystem services.

The starting date for the project is August.

Desirable qualifications include prior field and laboratory experience and an interest in GIS.

To be considered for this position, applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and a list of three references with contact information to the address below (Initial e-mail contact is encouraged).

For priority consideration inquiries and applications should be submitted by April 15.

After this date, direct contact by phone or e-mail is encouraged

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information:

Dr. Robert L. Ficklin
Forest Soils and Ecophysiology
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
School of Forest Resources
University of Arkansas- Monticello
P.O. Box 3468
Monticello, AR 71656
Phone: 870-460-1692
E-Mail: ficklin [at] uamont.edu

Research Facilities: The School of Forest Resources houses several laboratories that support graduate research and education.

These facilities include the Soil, Water Quality, Spatial Analysis, Wildlife, and Graduate Student Computer Laboratories.

Office space also will be provided.

Information about the graduate program and application materials are available online at: Application Materials

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