The Institute for Coastal and Water Research is committed to enhancing the research experiences of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students, particularly at the doctoral level. Applications are currently being sought from highly qualified individuals for our competitive doctoral fellowship. We encourage exceptional applicants who are interested in working with ICaWR research faculty on coastal and water research to apply by February 22, 2017. If you're interested in applying for the doctoral fellowship please review the Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity and contact an ICaWR research faculty member who you would like to serve as your advisor.
Depending on availability of funding, graduate students under ICaWR Research Faculty may apply for supplemental grants to assist with travel to scientific conferences for presentation of their research, as well as funds to enhance their research projects. Graduate students in our program can apply for these additional awards through their ICaWR faculty member advisor.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP IN WETLAND ECOLOGY
Doctoral (and/or MS) Graduate Student position is available at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology, in Dr. Mark Hester’s Coastal Plant Ecology Laboratory. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct monthly ecological monitoring of a wastewater treatment plant assimilation wetland located near Lafayette, Louisiana. Students will perform routine monitoring of soil parameters, water quality, and plant cover and species richness to study the effects of secondarily treated wastewater on a freshwater wetland habitat. This student will be co-advised by Dr. Mark Hester (UL Lafayette Department of Biology) and Dr. Taylor Sloey (UL Lafayette Institute for Coastal and Water Research). Successful applicants must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, be a team player and able to work well both independently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to collect data in strenuous field conditions. Additional desirable skills include an educational background in plant, soil, and/or water science, plant physiology, and statistical ecology. The applicant should have an interest in applied biological sciences, be disciplined, capable of managing project timelines and deliverables, and should expect to reside in Louisiana to perform monthly monitoring of the study site. Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available to support the successful applicant. Interested applicants should send any questions and/or the following application materials in an email to Dr. Taylor Sloey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 23, 2017.
1) Letter of Interest (1 page)
2) Curriculum vita
3) GPA and GRE percentile score
4) Unofficial transcripts
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP IN COASTAL PLANT ECOLOGY
DOCTORAL (and/or MS) GRADUATE STUDENT position open in Mark Hester’s Coastal Plant Ecology Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct research on the effects of climate warming on salt marsh belowground and community dynamics in areas where mangroves are currently expanding. The research is a combination of large-scale controlled mesocosm experiments coupled with field experiments along the Florida Atlantic Coast from St. Augustine to the Keys. Although a doctoral student is preferred, exceptional, well-qualified students interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Biology are also encouraged to apply. The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and self-motivated, have a strong interest in climate change and plant ecology, be a team player able to work well both independently and interdependently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to work under strenuous and often adverse conditions in the field. Additional desirable skills include boat operation and a background in environmental effects on plant population and community dynamics, plant/soil sciences, plant physiological ecology and statistical ecology. Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available. Truly exceptional doctoral student applicants may also be considered for a University Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. For further information, please email Dr. Mark W. Hester, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504 email@example.com. Please type "Grad Research Assistant Applicant" in the Subject line and attach resume/CV, as well as GPA and GRE percentile score information with all inquiries, preferably by November 23, 2017 to receive full consideration for spring 2018 admission.
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