PhD Assistantship available in the area of land-climate interactions at Auburn University
Where: Natural Resource Management Program at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn AL USA
Job Category: Graduate Assistantship
Salary: $19,180 stipend per year + full tuition waiver
Start Date: Preferably Fall 2017
When to apply: Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Where to apply: Please email a single PDF that include letter of interest, CV, transcripts, GRE score (unofficial copy is fine) and name and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar at theCWSlab@auburn.edu
Contact: Assistant Professor, Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
Job descriptions: We are looking for a highly motivated and extremely hard-working Ph.D. Student for a project studying the role of land processes in inter-annual to decadal climate predictability. The project involves studying land-atmosphere interactions using climate models, remote sensing data and in-suite measurements, and reanalysis data. The student will also receive training in running climate models using Auburn’s supercomputer and conducting sensitivity experiments by modifying land surface model parameterizations and performing land use change experiments. The project will also include developing process oriented metrics to evaluate land-atmosphere interactions in CMIP6 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6) climate models. The selected candidate will have some flexibility in devolving their own research focus for his/her dissertation within the larger framework of the project.
Qualification: Candidate must have a B.S. & M.S. degree in natural resources related fields, e.g. forestry, natural resources, civil engineering, agricultural engineering, biosystem engineering, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and others. A strong quantitative skill as demonstrated within undergraduate and graduate transcripts and GRE score is needed. Having computer programming skills and working in UNIX/LINUX based environments are advantageous. The candidate should also possess and demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. The PhD student will be required to present his/her findings at scientific conferences and prepare a manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journals. A deserving candidate with a B.S. degree will also be considered for a combined Master’s and Ph.D. program.