October 2014
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[Met-jobs] PhD Student Opportunities at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:34:12 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Climate & Tree-Ring Environmental Science lab
<> in the Department of Geography
<> at the University of North Carolina-Chapel
Hill is currently seeking applicants to begin the PhD program in fall 2015.

There are two funded Graduate Research Assistantships in synoptic
climatology and dendrochronology available. Students will have the
opportunity to develop their own research related to one of the
following two research projects. The first PhD position is part of an
NSF-funded research project investigating long-term variability in
moisture delivery to the Pacific Northwest using seasonally resolved
tree-ring isotope records. The second PhD position is part of an
NSF-funded research project examining large-scale climatic drivers of
streamflow variations over the Missouri River Basin at both instrumental
and pre-instrumental time scales.

The C-TRES research group, led by Dr. Erika Wise, uses dendrochronology
to answer questions concerning pre-instrumental synoptic climatology,
ocean-atmosphere oscillations, and water resources. The geographical
focus thus far has been on western North America, especially the Pacific
Northwest and the Intermountain West. The lab facilities, renovated in
2014, include a custom-built measuring table, separate wood preparation
and storage areas, standing work benches, and student research carrels.
UNC-CH offers opportunities for field & lab research, collaborations
with Duke and NC State universities and across North Carolina’s Research

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of these areas:
synoptic climatology, dendrochronology & paleoclimatology, statistics &
time series analysis, and programming in Matlab or R. Strong oral and
written communication skills are required. Those with work experience
and/or who have completed a Master’s degree are particularly encouraged
to apply, although those finishing a Bachelor’s degree will also be

Interested candidates will apply to the Department of Geography through
the UNC Graduate School
<> ; the deadline
to be considered for nomination by the Department for competitive
fellowships is December 16, 2014. Information needed for applying to UNC
geography can be found here:

If you are interested in these positions, send your c.v. to Dr. Erika
Wise at <> before the application deadline and tell me
about your background, skills, and future research interests.

Dr. Erika Wise
Dept. of Geography
UNC-Chapel Hill

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