Open RA / TA Positions and Graduate Funding
The College of Natural Resources offers a number of opportunities for awarding competitive funding to graduate students.
Also, each semester the Departments within the College have several teaching assistantships available for meritorious graduate students. Some of these teaching assistantships include a waiver of resident tuition and fees. If you are interested in potentially becoming a teaching assistant please discuss this option with your intended graduate advisor.
The faculty within the College do also offer Research Assistantships associated with funded projects. If you are interested, please view these announcements.
Open Research Assistantships
Spring and Fall 2018:
The Policy Analysis Group at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for potential PhD and MS research assistantships. We are looking for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing graduate degrees focused on policy analysis and economic applications in natural resources. Potential topics vary and may include evaluation of state wildfire funding mechanisms and policy responses; modeling forest product sector markets; modeling the economic contribution of natural resources to state economies; understanding the impacts of drought, wildfire, and other disturbances on communities and corresponding policy responses. For more information contact Dr. Dennis Becker or Dr. Greg Latta.
An M.S. graduate assistantship, starting in Spring/Summer 2018, is available in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. We seek a highly-motivated graduate student to conduct research on the relationships between plant communities, soil moisture regimes, soil classification, and geomorphology in seasonally dry landscapes of the northwestern United States. The ideal candidate will have a degree in soil science, environmental science, ecology, or closely related discipline with a strong interest in pedology and taxonomic classification.
The currently funded study focuses on addressing the usage of soil moisture regimes in taxonomic classification across the western US; particularly in the Pacific Northwest, where climate can vary considerably over short distances as a function of landscape position. Soil moisture regimes are commonly correlated with plant communities; however, relatively little data has been available to substantiate the relationships between SMRs and plant communities. We will establish a network of soil monitoring sites across NRCS Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA’s) 3, 10, 12, 43A/B to examine the effects of aspect, slope gradient, and elevation on SMR – plant associations, and the degree of soil-plant characteristic overlap with adjoining SMRs. Outcomes from this research will inform the ongoing discussions regarding the utility of SMRs and their most appropriate placement in Soil Taxonomy. For the applicant, you will gain a greater understanding of SMRs and the foundational role they play in soil survey, enhancing your employment opportunities within the NRCS’s Soil Science Division.
For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Kimsey, at email@example.com or Dr. Paul McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to apply for this position, email Dr. Kimsey with “Spring/Summer 2018 graduate assistantship” as the subject line. Include the following in a single pdf: 1) statement of interest; 2) complete CV; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for 3 references. Applications (emailed pdf) will be reviewed as they arrive or until position is filled. Deadline for submission is March16, 2018.
The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for potential PhD and MS research assistantships. We are looking for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) focused on Renewable Materials.
Specific Projects Include:
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate bioplastics property improvements by cross-linking
- Understanding the relationship between corn and sorghum cell wall chemistry on stalk viscoelastic properties
- Chemical investigation of yeast lipid production by Raman spectroscopy-microscopy
- Examining the effect of municipal solid waste torrefaction conditions on their rheological, mechanical and physical properties of extruded pellets.
For the M.S., the minimum requirements are: B.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
For the Ph.D., the minimum requirements would be a M.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact:
Dr. Armando McDonald (email@example.com)
If your appointment as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or a combination equals 20 hours a week then the current policy of the University of Idaho is to waive non-resident tuition and fees. However, prior to accepting any offer we encourage to check with your intended graduate advisor as to what tuition or additional fees you may be responsible for.