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[Met-jobs] PhD Opportunities at the University of Idaho (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:28:18 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The University of Idaho is seeking applicants for fully funded PhD
research assistantships on the following two projects starting Fall 2012
or sooner:

1. Graduate Research Assistantships in Applied Agricultural Climatology

Two PhD research assistantships are available to join a collaborative
research project working on aspects of agricultural
mitigation/adaptation and climate change in the Inland Pacific
Northwest. Research will include 1) analyzing the suitability of global
climate models within the Inland Pacific Northwest, 2) utilizing
existing statistical methods to downscale regional and global climate
model across the steep climatic gradient covering inland dryland/rainfed
cropping zones of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and 3)
evaluating projected changes in agroclimatic zones and irrigation
demands under future climate scenarios. Students will interact with
other students and scientists working on diverse aspects of this broadly
collaborative project on climate change and agriculture. The overall
goal of this USDA-NIFA funded project is to enhance the sustainability
of cereal production systems under ongoing and projected climate change
while contributing to climate change mitigation (Regional Approaches to
Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture [REACCH]) with an
interdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, agronomists,
soil scientists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and weed scientists.
Participating students, therefore, will have the opportunity to interact
and collaborate with diverse faculty and students from three land-grant
universities (University of Idaho, Washington State University and
Oregon State University) as part of their PhD experience. Prospective
students should have a background in quantitative geography or ecology,
atmospheric science, or a related earth sciences field. Priority will be
given to candidates that have experience with computer programming. The
position provides 12-month salary support ($22-24k/yr) plus health
insurance, tuition, and fees. For more information contact Dr. John
Abatzoglou (<jabatzoglou@uidaho.edu>) and Dr. Von Walden
(<vonw@uidaho.edu>).

2. Graduate Research Assistantship in Climatology

Seeking a motivated student interested in synoptic-climate interactions
focused on the western United States and their relationship to
precipitation extremes. In particular, this project will investigate the
importance of cut-off lows on precipitation patterns, and linkages to
large scale climate variability. This NSF sponsored project provides
12-month salary support ($22-24k/yr) plus health insurance, tuition, and
fees. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. John
Abatzoglou (<jabatzoglou@uidaho.edu>) for further information.

Information about the application materials can be obtained at
<http://www.uidaho.edu/cogs/admissions.aspx> and through the Department
of Geography or Environmental Science. Applications submitted by
February 1, 2012 will be guaranteed consideration for admission and
funding for the Fall 2012 semester.

  John Abatzoglou University of Idaho Department of Geography Assistant
Professor jabatzoglou@uidaho.edu http://webpages.uidaho.edu/jabatzoglou/



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