Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Student Assistantship, Marine Biogeochemistry



A graduate student research assistantship is available
beginning August 2014 for a PhD degree in Marine Science from the Department of
Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. The
position requires an MS in Chemical Oceanography, Marine Science, Wetland
Biogeochemistry, or Organic Geochemistry. Experience with GC-MS or stable
isotope mass spectrometry is highly desired and experience with absorbance and
fluorescence measurements of dissolved organic matter (DOM) is preferred. The
project will involve a combination of these techniques applied to the
quantification of wetland and estuarine carbon fluxes to coastal waters in the
northern Gulf of Mexico.

The successful applicant will join new and currently funded
studies of carbon cycling in coastal wetlands and estuaries. A basic goal of
these research projects is to link optical and chemical properties of DOM to
understand carbon storage, loss, and transformation dynamics from marshes to
coastal waters through estuaries. A specific aim of the new start project will
be quantify the loss and the degradation of “blue carbon” stored in coastal
wetlands.

Highly motivated candidates with strong analytical and
writing skills are encouraged to apply. Prior experience in stable isotope
chemistry, biomarker analyses, and/or optical measurements of DOM are desirable
but appropriate training will be provided as part of the student’s PhD
dissertation under the direction of Dr. Christopher Osburn. More information on
the Osburn lab at NC State University can be found here: http://sites.google.com/site/wolfpackbiogeochem/.

Applications should be submitted through the University
website, http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/02-p-g-app.html.
Interested students are encouraged to contact Chris Osburn via email when
applying (closburn@ncsu.edu, 919-600-1386). The ideal starting date is August
2014, though January 2015 also is possible. North Carolina State University is an Affirmative
Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to
apply.