MS and PhD Positions in Stream Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

Organization: Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Type of opportunity: Graduate student positions

Contact: Assistant Professor Erin Hotchkiss

Duties: 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.

Desired qualifications: 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, PhD applicants should already have a MS, but exceptions with substantial research experience will be considered.

Start dates: January or August 2017

Salary/pay: Students will be supported by research/teaching assistantships that include summer stipends and tuition.

Link to more information: Prospective students page of Hotchkiss Lab website

How to apply: Before applying through the Virginia Tech Graduate School, applicants should email Dr. Erin 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 MS or PhD and your preferred start date.

Application deadline:

  • October 31 for a January start (US students only)
  • December 31 for an August start (all qualified students)