PhD student position: Abiotic and biotic weathering and solute generation

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:30 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 11:30

Dr. Isaac Larsen is seeking a motivated PhD student to join the geomorphology research group at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The student will participate in a five-year project focusing on quantifying abiotic and biotic drivers of chemical weathering and solute generation. The research is funded by an early career award from the Department of Energy's Subsurface Biogeochemical Research program and field work will take place in the DOE East River Community Watershed near Crested Butte, Colorado: The student will receive training in cosmogenic nuclide, aqueous, and solid-phase geochemistry methods as well as in techniques for analyzing and modeling a diverse suite of spatial and timeseries datasets available for the East River. The student will have the opportunity to collaborate with UMass geochemistry faculty, post-docs, and scientists at DOE national labs. The ability to participate in field work during August 2020 is essential.

Please contact Dr. Larsen (ilarsen[at] for more information about the project and the geomorphology program at UMass. Applications are due 15 January 2020: I encourage individuals from all backgrounds, especially those that are under-represented in the geosciences, to apply.

UMass Amherst is the Commonwealth's flagship research campus. Located in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the town and campus offer a rich cultural environment in a rural setting, with proximity to urban centers in Boston and New York City. The Department of Geosciences and School for Earth and Sustainability have a vibrant, critical mass of faculty, postdocs, and students working on physical and chemical processes on earth's surface and near-surface environments.


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