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A PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Soil C & N Cycling in Agroecosystems is available in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University.
The overall research goal is to assess soil microbial community (SMC) dynamics related to biogeochemical cycling and carbon (C) sequestration potential under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and cropland in the Texas High Plains (THP).
The student will utilize a variety of techniques to characterize the SMC structure (e.g., pyrosequencing, FAME analysis) in conjunction with a detailed assessment of soil C stocks (quantity and characterization of soil organic matter including use of stable 13C isotopic analysis) and biogeochemical functionality (soil respiration and enzymatic activities) in CRP across temporal and spatial scales.
Prior education and/or experience in soil, molecular biology and bioinformatics and/or biochemistry are preferred.
The position is available June 2012 (earlier start time is possible) and includes a yearly stipend with tuition and health benefits.
If interested, please send a detailed CV, copy of transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if relevant), contact information of 3 references and a letter of research interests as a single PDF file to Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera at

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