Student Opportunity Announcements

Ph.D. Research Opportunity in Watershed Science: Regional Watershed Optical Sensor Network

We seek an enthusiastic, team oriented and self-motivated student for an exciting new Ph.D. opening at the University of Vermont in Watershed science, with a focus on the application of optical sensor technologies to understand regional and local watershed biogeochemistry.  This is a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position within the Natural Resources Ph.D. program of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR).  Information on the Ph.D. program can be found at: ( The successful applicant's dissertation research will utilize an in-situ optical sensor water quality network that is being developed by the states of Vermont, Rhode Island and Delaware with collaborative Track-2 funding from NSF EPSCoR.  Additional information on the Track-2 research may be found at: and

The ideal candidate will have significant experience monitoring watershed biogeochemistry using in-situ optical water quality sensors (UV and/or fluorescence-based sensors) coupled with an interest in both local and regional water quality issues. Strong database management skills are desirable. With the resources provided by this Vermont EPSCoR funded position, ample opportunity exists for a self-motivated student to tailor their dissertation to study a suite of biogeochemical process across multiple temporal and spatial scales in the context of environmental disturbance and change. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Andrew Schroth (UVM Geology, and Dr. Breck Bowden (RSENR,, both of whom may be contacted for additional information.

The individual selected will be expected to interact substantially across the projects. Start date January 1, 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.  Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Qualified applicants must meet the requirement for admission to the University of Vermont's Natural Resources Ph.D. prgram and be accepted by VT EPSCoR to receive funding.  Formal application to the Natural Resources Ph.D. program must be submitted via the Graduate College web portal at:

To apply for VT EPSCoR funding: please send CV, names and contact information for three references and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to: Vermont EPSCoR Office, 528 Cook Physical Science Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405.