The Beasley wildlife lab (http://www.beasleywildlifelab.srel.uga.edu) and the Xu metal biogeochemistry lab (https://www.xiaoyuxulab.com/) at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (http://www.srel.uga.edu) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (http://www.warnell.uga.edu) are seeking a highly motivated M.S. student with strong academic credentials to join a collaborative research team investigating the efficacy of remedial actions on the bioavailability of contaminants. The selected student will assist with ongoing studies to better understand the impacts of environmental contamination on aquatic communities, and the efficacy of remedial activities at reducing the bioavailability of contaminants in biota. The student will be responsible for conducting an independent research project focused on the uptake of contaminants (e.g., 137Cs and Hg) in the plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate (e.g., amphibians, fish, reptiles) species within an aquatic system on the Savannah River Site pre and post remedial activities. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Dr. Beasley and Dr. Xu and enrolled in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The student selected for this position will be stationed at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in Aiken, SC, when not taking classes.
Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, biogeochemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, or a related discipline. Prior experience conducting field work is required. Preference will be given to students who also have experience handling animals and working in a lab setting, as well as students with demonstrated excellence in writing, oral communication, and quantitative skills. The candidate must be able to work under field conditions that include hot temperatures, humidity, etc. The student also will work in close collaboration with other students, faculty, and agency personnel associated with this research, and must be a team player.
The preferred start date for this position is spring 2022, although applicants for fall 2022 also will be considered. Review of applications will begin August 15th, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references in a single pdf attachment to Dr. Jim Beasley (firstname.lastname@example.org).