Graduate Research Assistant to Evaluate Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Dr. David Nelson and Dr. Keith Eshleman at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Appalachian Laboratory are seeking applications for a Graduate Research Assistant to participate in a project funded by Maryland Sea Grant Research (MDSG) that will evaluate the effectiveness of “green” stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in mitigating nitrogen loads in a rapidly urbanizing Chesapeake Bay watershed. The student will have opportunity to collect stable isotope, water chemistry, and hydrological data to test hypotheses about the function of GSI. This research has real-world application in terms of maintaining or improving water quality. The student will also have opportunity to participate in MDSG-sponsored professional development activities, including learning how to communicate science to diverse audiences.

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2022 

Location: The UMCES Appalachian Laboratory provides a unique and research-focused educational experience for graduate students studying terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems throughout the world. The lab is in Frostburg, Maryland, a small college town with a low cost of living and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. See https://www.umces.edu/al/about for more information about the Lab and surrounding community.

Qualification: BA, BS, or MS in earth science, hydrology, biology, ecology biogeochemistry, or related field.

Description: The assistantship will include a tuition waiver, benefits and a 12-month annual stipend of approximately $26,000. At least 2.0 years of support are available.  

Program: The student will matriculate through the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program at the University of Maryland College Park.  

How to express interest in position: Please complete this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczg_-ues01nnQ1ikPgaDt7oVVq0n3iUM_pc6EC9x0mI1niTg/viewform?usp=sf_link). Selected applicants will be contacted to discuss the position and the candidate’s application. A subset of these applicants will be invited to formally apply to MEES. Applications received before January 1, 2022, will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The PIs are enthusiastic about increasing the diversity of science and scientists and strongly encourages students from STEM-underrepresented populations to apply. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Nelson (dnelson@umces.edu).

Information about AL and UMCES can be found at: https://www.umces.edu/al. UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Location: 
Appalachian Laboratory