MS Positions in Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere

Two MS positions in Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere available for Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University

Responsibilities: The successful candidates will examine biogeochemistry of snow, ice, and melt water of the cryosphere of the Pacific Northwest and/or Arctic Sea Ice. These positions will come with two academic years of support as a teaching and/or research assistant within the Department of Environmental Sciences. Research projects will involve local fieldwork at Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, as well as analytical laboratory work for biogeochemical analyses. One position will focus on a NASA funded project to quantify impacts of deposition of black carbon on Arctic sea ice. The second position will focus on quantifying impacts of snow algae on snow and ice albedo in the Pacific Northwest.

Benefits: 12 month Academic Year Stipend, Full Tuition Payment, and Health Coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

Meet academic admission requirements of the MS, Environmental Sciences department: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information.
Ability to conduct fieldwork
Analytical laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

Strong interest and experience in biogeochemistry and the cryosphere
Teaching/mentoring experience in an academic or experiential setting
Field work experience in mountain or polar environments
Experience with ArcGIS and working with remote sensing imagery
Programming experience with Python and/or Matlab
Strong writing and organizational skills

Huxley College Department of Environmental Science: Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. Huxley’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. The department offers degrees in Environmental Science at the undergraduate and master’s level, https://huxley.wwu.edu/ms-environmental-science.

About Western Washington University (WWU): WWU serves about 16,000 students and is located in beautiful Bellingham, a town midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, with approximately 90,000 residents. Bellingham is situated along the Pacific Northwest coast with close proximity to the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including sea kayaking, sailing, skiing, biking, and hiking.

How to Apply: Applications to the Department of Environmental Science at WWU are due February 1st, 2021: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information. For these positions, please send a CV and statement of interest to: alia.khan@wwu.edu. To be formally accepted, a full application must be submitted by the deadline, with a note of interest to this position.

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