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PhD student opportunity in modeling the freeze-thaw weathering of Antarctic dust
Boise, Idaho, USA
Boise State University
  • Graduate Position

The Bergstrom Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab at Boise State is recruiting a PhD student to join a newly funded interdisciplinary project studying weathering processes of dust and fine sediment in Antarctic snow and ice. This project will be conducted by a team of PIs and students from Boise State University, University of Colorado- Boulder, Ohio State University, and Kenyon College allowing the student to gain a range of experience and a broad network of collaborators. The preferred start date for this position is Fall 2022, however there is some flexibility.

This interdisciplinary project will combine modeling, geochemistry experimentation, and microscopy to understand the role of windblown sediment in releasing major and trace ions to glacial, snowbank, and downstream ecosystems. This student will lead numerical modeling efforts to determine how sediment accumulates and moves through glacier surfaces and quantify the number and length of freeze-thaw cycles sediment experiences in an austral summer. Additionally, this student will aid in freeze-thaw experimental method development and conduct water chemistry analysis in coordination with University of Colorado. Depending on student interest, the student can contribute to the development of and lead events for an educational art exhibit about the project.

Required Qualifications: (i) Undergraduate degree in a STEM field (ii) Experience with coding and ability to work across coding languages (iii) Proficiency in oral and written communication in English.

Desired Qualifications: (i) Master’s degree in hydrology, geochemistry, glaciology or closely related field (i) Experience with numerical modeling (ii) Experience working with compiled coding languages (iii) Experience with basic water quality laboratory analyses and/or desire to learn (iv) Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team.

The student will be admitted through the Geosciences Department at Boise State University. This position is fully funded for three years and includes summer support with the ability to support the student for an additional two years through TA funding. The Bergstrom lab, and this project in particular, is interdisciplinary and we encourage students across backgrounds (geology, engineering, computer science, applied math, natural resources) to apply. The candidate should be self-motivated and have a strong desire to learn and work outside their traditional area of expertise. We are a team of all female PIs and are committed to increasing participation of underrepresented groups in science. We encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

To inquire about this position please contact Dr. Anna Bergstrom at annabergstrom at with the following items: 

1) A cover letter describing your interest in the position, how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, and preferred start date 2) A CV 3) Contact information for two professional references 4) Unofficial transcripts. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


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