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PhD in Stream Ecology/Biogeochemistry

Graduate Student and Postdoc Positions
Posted: 9/12/2017
Expiration Date: 10/31/2017

Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA 

Description: Dr. Erin R. Hotchkiss is seeking 1-2 Ph.D. students to join her Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab in summer or autumn 2018. 

Graduate students will join and expand research in the Hotchkiss Lab exploring how land-water interactions, hydrology, and aquatic ecosystem processes (carbon metabolism, nutrient cycling, food web dynamics) shape the transport, transformations, and fates of carbon and nutrients in streams, rivers, and fluvial networks. Students will work with Hotchkiss to develop independent research projects, but will also have the opportunity to be involved with ongoing research and lab collaborations. More information about ongoing research in the lab can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/ehotchkiss/.

Successful applicants will have: a keen interest in stream/river ecology, ecosystem ecology, and/or biogeochemistry; previous research and scientific writing experience; and the ability to work well independently and in groups. Candidates with strong quantitative skills are especially encouraged to apply. In most cases, Ph.D. applicants should have the equivalent of a M.S. from the United States (2-3 year program with a research thesis), but exceptions with significant research and publication experience will be considered. Students may be supported by a combination of teaching/research assistantships. All students will be active members of the Stream Team/ Ecosystem Research Group (http://www.research.biol.vt.edu/ERG_webpage/VT_ST_ERG.html).  Ph.D. students may be eligible to join the interdisciplinary Interfaces of Global Change Program (http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/). All lab members will be encouraged to participate in the Cross-Boundary Biogeosciences Group (http://www.biogeo.centers.vt.edu/).

To Apply: Before applying through the Virginia Tech Graduate School, applicants should send Dr. Hotchkiss a CV or resume and a short letter describing your research interests and experience, future goals, and why you are interested in joining the lab. Include whether you are interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. and your preferred start date. Prospective students eligible and interested in applying for an NSF GRFP Fellowship (https://www.nsfgrfp.org/) should contact Hotchkiss ASAP to begin discussing project ideas. Please email any questions and/or letters of interest to ehotchkiss[at]vt.edu. Virginia Tech's Department of Biological Sciences application requirements and guidelines can be found at: https://www.biol.vt.edu/Graduates.html.



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