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Funded Graduate Student Opportunity in Subsurface Biogeochemistry at UNC Charlotte
A funded graduate student opportunity (PhD or MS) is available at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to examine the production and consumption of substrate compounds in slowly-biodegraded organic-rich formations (coal). These substrates, such as H2 and acetate, are consumed by microbes such as methanogens and sulfate reducers to generate methane and CO2. This study includes examination of gas and coexisting water from field sampling and a laboratory incubation. The student will have access to instrumentation including gas chromatographs, ion chromatograph, ICP-MS, DOC analyzer, laser carbon isotope analyzer, and laser water isotope analyzer. Applicants with a MS degree will enter the interdisciplinary PhD program in Infrastructure & Environmental Systems. Master’s applicants will enter the MS program in Earth Sciences. A degree in geosciences or a related field, background in geochemistry or geomicrobiology, and interest in gas and water analysis is preferred. Successful applicants should have an interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment both independently and as part of a team, and should possess strong communication and quantitative skills. A stipend and tuition support are available.
For application information, visit https://graduateschool.uncc.edu. Potential applicants are encouraged to directly contact Dr. David Vinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of complete applications will begin immediately, and this opportunity will remain available until a suitable candidate is found.