Position: Graduate Assistantship

Alexander L. Friend alf2 at Ra.MsState.Edu
Wed May 7 11:26:29 EST 1997

(Opened 01 May 1997)

Research project on fine root production of trees seeks a graduate research
assistant at the Master of Science-level.  The position will be for two
years and will provide a competitive stipend, including graduate tuition
and opportunities for travel.  The individual selected will be expected to
investigate the growth and biochemical responses of Populus  roots to
nutrient addition.  He/she will also have the opportunity to expand in
other areas of interest within the broader project.  The project is a
3-year study of nitrogen (N) controls over tree root production and the
implications of these to biomass production and N uptake of Populus in
field settings.  We will establish field & greenhouse nutritional studies,
and use minirhizotron image analysis & remote sensing, together with
conventional ecological and physiological analyses, to evaluate root and
ecosystem responses to N.  Qualifications are: B.S. degree in forestry,
botany, or plant-science-related field; very good written and oral
communication skills; and an interest and ability in the areas of tree
physiology or plant ecology/physiology.  The start date for this position
is 01 August, 1997, but will be extended until  a suitable applicant is
found.  Materials must be received by 01 July  for academic work in the
fall semester and by 01 November for academic work in the spring semester.
Interested individuals should send: (1) resume, (2) academic transcripts,
(3) a letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position,
and (4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references.
Mississippi State University is a Doctoral-I institution with a thriving
graduate student population.  The forest biology area within the Forestry
Department has a good record of M.S. graduate placement in private
corporations, prestigious Ph.D. programs, and public institutions.  Any
inquiries about this position will be welcomed.  Contact:  Dr. Alexander L.
Friend, MSU Forestry Department, BOX 9681, Mississippi State, MS
39762-9681; alf2 at ra.msstate.edu; (601) 325-2779.

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