Baylor University Graduate Opportunities in Global Change and Freshwater Ecosystem Analysis

The global change and freshwater ecosystem analysis research group at Baylor University (https://sites.baylor.edu/powersresearchgroup/) is recruiting a PhD graduate student to begin in Fall 2021. The student should have interest in reservoirs and watershed biogeochemistry in association with ecological, climate, and human drivers. Emphasis will be placed on systems of the Southern Plains and U.S. continental interior, where management concerns related to water quality, oxygenation, and warming exist.

Baylor has outstanding research and teaching facilities situated about a 90 minute drive from the Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas metro areas. The research group and lab space are housed in the 500,000 sq. ft Baylor Sciences Building. Student offices are situated adjacent to the lab and other aquatic teaching and research labs associated with the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, including a shared analytical laboratory with an experienced lab manager and instruments to perform fundamental chemical analyses of water, soil, and tissue. A stable-isotope mass spectrometer lab is also down just down the hall, one of several multi-user shared facilities offering state-of-the-art instrumentation. Few universities offer the level of support guaranteed to graduate students in Baylor Biology. Annual stipends are competitive with natural sciences PhD programs nationally and can be increased with stipend enhancement scholarships from the Graduate School, awarded to top applicants each year. Students will have 5 years of continuous stipend support. Admission includes full tuition remission, health insurance benefits, and additional funding opportunities to travel to professional meetings.

Applicants should have undergraduate research experience or a master of science degree in a related field. Applicants must possess or plan to obtain a U.S. driver’s license. Please review additional departmental admission guidelines (https://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=961603). If you are considering this opportunity, please send an email describing your background and interests to Dr. Stephen Powers (s_powers@baylor.edu) with “graduate position” or “grad position” in the subject line. To ensure career competitiveness, students will be encouraged to not only collect and analyze new data, but also pursue analyses of existing public datasets, structured literature reviews, or applications such as web-based decision support tools.

Deadline is January 5, 2021 and applicants should apply to the PhD program in Biology (https://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php?id=961605).

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