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The Kaushal Biochemistry Lab is recruiting one or two Ph.D. students in freshwater salinization, urban streams, and ecosystem restoration to start in Summer or Fall of 2023.


The Kaushal Lab in the Department of Geology and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland is recruiting and funding one or two graduate students interested in the fields of biogeochemistry and hydrology to start preferably at the Ph.D. level in the Summer or Fall of 2023 (although an interested M.S. student can apply). We seek students who are motivated, collaborative, and interested in urban water quality issues.  Our research involves developing practical applications for managing urban water quality and interactions with local and federal agencies.   

We are recruiting Ph.D. students interested in studying urban streams and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The student will be working on projects related to an NSF-funded, collaborative, interdisciplinary grant investigating the causes and consequences of freshwater salinization on a major regional drinking water supply. In addition, there will be opportunities for working on projects related to factors controlling transport and transformations of contaminants along urban streams in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan region in response to restoration, stormwater management, road salt events, and more. The student(s) will have opportunities to interact with a variety of environmental managers and regional and federal agencies.   

Funding:  The position(s) will be fully funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships, which will cover an annual salary, tuition remission, and university health insurance.  Salary funding will be provided throughout the entire program, including summers.

Applicants with a good fit:  Students with a Bachelor's or a Master's degree are encouraged to apply.  Best applicants will be: (1) enthusiastic to learn about urban water quality, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and geochemistry from an ecosystem perspective; (2) enthusiastic to work on both independent thesis projects and team projects; (3) enthusiastic to work in and contribute to a highly collaborative team; (4) enthusiastic to meet with water quality managers and present and interact with them; (5) excited to sample urban streams; (6) interested in walking, riding a bike, and/or riding in a boat to collect samples; (7) comfortable living within a major metropolitan area (Baltimore-Washington DC); (7) kind and considerate towards others; (8) interested in improving skills in asking questions, problem solving, data synthesis, conceptual thinking, communication, and collaboration. 

How to apply: The first step would be to email Dr. Sujay Kaushal with a CV and statement of research interests/experiences.  Based on this information, we can set up a time to talk to see if the position might be a good fit.  The next step would be to apply to our graduate program. Detailed information about our graduate program and how to apply can be found here:  Applications can be received anytime but will receive best consideration if submitted before December 15th.  Applicants are welcome to reach out to Dr. Kaushal any time before the graduate selection committee meets in January.  Best of luck with selecting a graduate program and your academic journey!    

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