Three Graduate Research Assistantships are available at Penn State
beginning Fall 2014 to study soil biogeochemistry, ecology, mapping, or
hydrology in forests and agroecosystems associated with the
Susquehanna/Shale Hills Critical Zone
Observatory (http://www.czo.psu.edu/ [1]).
This NSF funded CZO includes a vibrant, interactive group
of graduate students, postdocs, research support staff, and faculty
from a range of disciplines including ecology, soil science,
geochemistry, hydrology, and meteorology. Successful applicants
will be encouraged to take full advantage of this interdisciplinary
team. The CZO also includes substantial research infrastructure near
Penn State, including an intensively instrumented watershed and new
research watersheds where students will have the opportunity
to design the next generation of Critical Zone science. Students with
an M.S. in soil science, ecology, geoscience, or environmental science
are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with a B.S. and
exceptional qualifications will also be considered.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Jason Kaye (jpk12 at psu dot
edu) for soil biogeochemistry, Dr. David Eissenstat (dme9 at psu dot
edu) for soil ecology, and Dr. Henry Lin (hul3 at psu dot edu) for
soil-landscape mapping or hillslope/watershed hydrology.
Students may apply to the Graduate Program in Soil Science
(http://ecosystems.psu.edu/graduateprograms/soil-science [2])
or the Inter-College Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
(http://www.huck.psu.edu/education/ecology [3]). Either of these degrees
can be combined with the Biogeochemistry Dual Title Degree
program (http://www.biogeochemistry.psu.edu/ [4]). The assistantship
includes up to 4 years of a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health
benefits. First priority will
be given to applications completed by January 1, 2014.

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