Title: Ph.D. Position in Isotope Geochemistry
Date Posted: August 29, 2018
Deadline: Until Filled
The Isotope Geochemistry Lab of the Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, lead by Dr. Shaun Wang is seeking a Ph.D. student funded as a Research Assistant.
Start date can be Spring or Fall, 2019, preferably Spring 2019. Tuition, health insurance, and stipend are covered.
Possible dissertation topics
- Trace metal cycling and isotope geochemistry in modern settings (e.g. Mobile Bay and Gulf of Mexico)
- Reconstructing past deposition environments using geochemical proxies in sedimentary rocks
- Geogenic metal contaminations and isotopic techniques to track the fate of them
- Topics of student’s own interests
The student is expected to work as a Research Assistant for 20 hours per week in addition to working on their own research. Expected types of work include the following:
- Participate in cruises and field trips
- Design and implement experiments to test hypotheses
- Conduct chromatographic procedures to purify trace metals from geological and environmental samples
- Operate a state-of-the-art multicollector mass spectrometer for high precision metal isotope measurement
To be considered for this position, the applicants should:
- Have a B.S. or M.S. degree in oeanography, geology, chemistry, or related disciplines.
- Have experience in field and sea work is welcome (cruises, benthic fluxes, lab experiments, field sampling trips)
Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Xiangli Wang to discuss research interests before applying.