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Graduate student (PhD) positions available in trace metal biogeochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Graduate student (PhD) positions available in trace metal biogeochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Research projects:

1) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in the Northern Gulf of Alaska (NGA)
The Northern Gulf of Alaska is a subpolar biome characterized by enhanced productivity and high environmental variability. This project is part of the new NGA LTER site and focuses on understanding the processes that control macro- and micro-nutrient dynamics and their role on the pronounced spring bloom and the regions of sustained summer primary production. Observations will take place during 3 yearly cruises from spring to fall.

The student will be responsible for collecting and processing seawater and suspended particulate samples during cruises and determining micro-nutrient concentrations using UAF’s ICPMS facility which includes a SeaFast system and an Element2 HR-ICPMS. Results will be interpreted within the LTER framework which will require collaboration with the interdisciplinary LTER research community. The student will be required to present work at international conferences, and to produce publishable manuscripts. Full funding is available for three years for a PhD student.

2)  Chemical, Physical and Biological processes linking snow and sea ice to the Arctic Ocean mixed layer Sea ice is a major component of the polar oceans. It serves as an important platform for the accumulation and transport of dissolved and particulate material derived from atmospheric deposition, fluid exchange with the underlying ocean, sediment inclusions, and biological activity. This project is part of the international MOSAiC platform study and focuses on sea ice processes that affect macro- and micro-nutrient cycling in the Arctic Ocean. Observations will take place during several multi-month deployments in 2019.

The student will be responsible for collecting samples during one of the deployments and determining dissolved and particulate micro-nutrient concentrations in snow, sea ice and seawater for the project. Analysis will take place at UAF’s ICPMS facility which includes a SeaFast system and an Element2 HR-ICPMS. Results will be interpreted within the MOSAiC framework and will be used to help constrain models. This will require collaboration with the MOSAiC research community. The student will be required to present work at international conferences, and to produce publishable manuscripts. Full funding is available for three years for a PhD student.

Candidates: Applicants are expected to have a strong background in chemistry and/or oceanography, analytical chemistry experience, and strong written and oral communication skills. Experience participating in field research, working in clean laboratory facilities and/or experience with ICPMS analysis is desirable, but not required. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.


The UAF College of Fisheries and Marine Science is located in Fairbanks Alaska. UAF is America’s Arctic University and a Land, Sea, and Space Grant Institution. The University of Alaska is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/.

Apply online and view college requirements at
http://www.uaf.edu/cfos/academics/graduate/oceanography/

Deadline: Applications must be received before June 30, 2018.

Advisor: Ana Aguilar-Islas. For additional information email (amaguilarislas@alaska.edu)

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