Ph.D. Student Opening, Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Organization: O’Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University

Duties: We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding mechanisms of land-atmosphere interactions with particular focus on forests.  The student will have the opportunity to create their own research project out of several ongoing funded activities, including at AmeriFlux sites in Virginia (loblolly pine and switchgrass) and a new eddy covariance tower in a salt marsh in coastal South Carolina. Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, aerosol new particle formation, and coastal forest disturbance ecology.

Desired qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science. Strong quantitative abilities, self-motivation and desire to do field work in coastal South Carolina, where the work is physically demanding in a hot, humid environment. Programming experience in MATLAB or R.

Start and end dates: Fall or Winter of 2017.

Salary/pay: A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years, but students will also be encouraged to seek their own funding through national fellowships (e.g. USDA, NASA, NSF).

How to apply: To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O’Halloran.  Review of applicants begins immediately.  Contact info and more details about the lab are available here: