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PhD Research Assistantship in Tree Physiology and Fire Ecology

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Athens, GA & Aiken, SC
Job Description:

   The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research at the interface of tree physiology and fire ecology in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2019. Research will focus on characterizing dose-dependent fire effects on tree tissues and representing this characterization in a new modeling tool that predicts spatially explicit fire effects. This work will contribute to a larger project carried out by an interdisciplinary team of university and federal scientists. 


   The ideal candidate would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. The candidate should also exhibit strong motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecophysiology and fire ecology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, or a related discipline. 

$22,000 + Tuition

   The successful candidate will receive a four year graduate research assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $22k and tuition waiver. The graduate assistantship will not have a teaching requirement, but opportunities to gain teaching experience will be available. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. 

How to Apply:

   If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (