Responsibilities: The successful candidate will study snow optics and biogeochemistry of snow and ice (with a focus on black carbon, dust and snow algae) in the Pacific Northwest. The position will come with at least two academic years of support within the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University. The research project will involve local fieldwork at Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, computer-based work in Matlab, as well as analytical laboratory work for biogeochemical analysis.
Benefits: 12-month Academic Year Stipend, Full Tuition Payment, and Health Coverage.
- Ability to conduct fieldwork
- Wet laboratory experience
- Basic programming experience (Matlab, Python, etc)
- Strong interest and/or experience in the cryosphere
- Meet academic admission requirements of the MS, Environmental Sciences department: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information.
- Field experience in alpine or polar environments
- Research experience in an academic or professional setting
- Strong writing and organizational skills
- Advanced programming experience (Matlab, Python, etc)
- Experience with ArcGIS or similar
- Teaching/mentoring experience in an academic or experiential setting
Western Washington University (WWU) serves about 16,000 students and is located in beautiful Bellingham, a town midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, with approximately 90,000 residents. Bellingham is situated along the Pacific Northwest coast with close proximity to the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including sea kayaking, sailing, skiing, biking, and hiking. The Department of Environmental Science offers degrees at the undergraduate and master's level, https://huxley.wwu.edu/ms-environmental-science.
Start Date: Academic start date is Fall 2022, but a preference to begin fieldwork in early Summer 2022.