Graduate Positions & Research Opportunities

New Mexico Graduate Student Opportunities in Bioenergy Related Research

Several institutions in NM

New MS and PhD opportunities bioalgal energy research including microbial ecology, systems and process engineering, genetic engineering, wastewater utilization, algal physiology, sustainability, harvesting, extraction, and conversion of bio-products, chemical instrumentation and analysis, along with economics and energetics-based life-cycle analyses. Support is available through a newly funded National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant for graduate students interested in conducting research at one or multiple research institutions around the state including the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State, Eastern New Mexico University, the New Mexico Consortium, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. More information on research areas and individuals can be found at http://nmepscor.org/science/algal-biofuels. Application deadlines vary by institution starting in late December. Interested individuals should contact David Hanson (dthanson@unm.edu) or Pete Lammers (plammers@nmsu.edu) for more details.

M. S. Assistantship, Algal Ecology

Ball State university, Munice, Indiana

The Wyatt Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University has an opening for a MS level Graduate Assistant to study algal community ecology in wetlands. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in algal ecology and/or algal taxonomy and a willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. The assistantship will allow the qualified candidate the opportunity to work on cutting edge research on algal responses to climate change processes and the consequences of community alterations for biogeochemical cycling in wetlands. There are a number of specific research foci that can be addressed and study sites may include wetlands of boreal Alaska, the Laurentian Great Lakes, and Indiana. Please see the lab website for more details: http://khwyatt.iweb.bsu.edu/.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in this area of research, please send your CV, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter (1 -page or less) summarizing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Kevin Wyatt at khwyatt@bsu.edu. Application requirements can be found at http://www.bsu.edu/biology/. Preferred start date is August 2014. Application review is currently underway and will continue until candidates are selected.

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