Ph.D. Student Positions Available in Arctic
Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology Starting Spring 2020
for spring term (starting
January 2020): 15 October 2019, or until filled
For questions or
more information contact: Professor Michael N. Weintraub, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory at The University of Toledo,
led by Professor Michael N. Weintraub, invites highly motivated
applicants for PhD positions to study Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil
Ecology, focusing on the controls on decomposition and nutrient cycling
in Arctic tundra soils. These positions will be located in Toledo, Ohio
USA, and start in January 2020.
Our laboratory conducts research dedicated to developing a mechanistic
understanding of key soil processes, to learn how terrestrial
ecosystems function, and to predict how they will respond to
disturbances. We employ a range of biogeochemical, microbial, and
environmental chemistry analyses to better understand the biotic and
abiotic drivers of ecosystem responses to climate change and other
disturbances. More details on our current and past projects are
In particular, we are recruiting students for projects related to
1. Temperature controls on decomposition
and soil respiration, as part of our projects studying microbial
control of litter decay and winter snow depth as a driver of microbial
activity, nutrient cycling, tree growth and treeline advance in the
2. Biological and geochemical controls on soil
phosphorus availability to plants and soil microbes, as part of our new
project on biological and geochemical controls on phosphorus
bioavailability in arctic tundra
Students will have the opportunity to become proficient in
biogeochemical and ecological approaches to study the controls on
decomposition and nutrient cycling in field and laboratory systems.
Successful applicants will be expected to develop projects combining
Arctic field research with lab and data analysis approaches, and to
collaborate with research partners from other academic institutions.
Projects include the potential for Arctic fieldwork and opportunities
to present at national and international conferences.
| Applicants should have relevant research experience and a Master’s
degree (for PhD candidates) or equivalent in ecology, soil science,
environmental science, or a closed related field. Potential students
will need to apply to the Department of Environmental Sciences at The
University of Toledo. The University of Toledo is part of Ohio's State
University System, and is the third largest public university in Ohio.
The university is a prominent center for environmental education and
research in Ohio and the Great Lakes region. Information about the
graduate program can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/grad/ and funding information can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/grad/financial.html.
The University of Toledo has strict admission standards, including a
minimum grade point average of 3.0 in ecology, soil science,
environmental science, or a closed related field and GRE scores of 303
for Ph.D. applicants, with a minimum of 4.0 on the analytical writing
section. We are preferably recruiting students for Spring 2020 but may
also consider exceptional applicants for later admission. Applicants
need not be from the USA, but fluency in written and spoken English,
and the ability to function independently, and likely travel, in
environments where only English is spoken are required. Further
information about these positions can be obtained from Dr. Weintraub (email@example.com). Inclusion of a letter of interest and CV will help further our conversation.
The application deadline for starting in the spring term (January) of
2020, in time for the summer field season (preferred), is 15 October
2019, or until filled.
For more information about Professor Weintraub and The Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory, please see: http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/faculty/weintraub.html.
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