Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities
Hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on carbon flux from headwater streams

We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to examine biogeochemical processing of organic carbon in the hyporheic zone of a small stream at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This research will contribute to the StreamCarbon project which is examining the hydrologic and
biogeochemical controls on carbon flux from headwater streams. The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon); travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The
field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see
http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest).

The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The 10-week program will fit student on either the quarter or semester systems. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual
project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs of the project and a team of students working on the grant. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience is a plus. A general understanding of hydrology, biogeochemistry and water quality analysis is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2015. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Satish Serchan (Satish.Serchan@gmail.com). Review of applications will start April 5, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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