Please pass along the following graduate student opportunity:



Ph.D or MS Fellowship Opportunity


Isotope biogeochemistry of high-elevation lakes and watersheds of the
Sierra Nevada


We are seeking a Ph.D or MS student to work on aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemical questions in high-elevation lakes and watersheds of the Sierra Nevada.  This work builds on the more than 30-year record of limnological and watershed research conducted at Emerald Lake in Sequoia National Park ( This four-year Ph.D Fellowship or two-year MS Fellowship includes a monthly stipend, tuition and fees and funds to conduct research.


Education and experience – An MS or BS degree in aquatic chemistry, environmental engineering, ecology, environmental sciences or similar discipline is required.  Training and experience in the use of environmental isotopes of C, N, H and O is desired and previous field experience in remote research areas would be a plus.


Interested students should e-mail the following information, as a single pdf file, to Dr. James Sickman at the University of California, Riverside ([log in to unmask]): i) a cover letter describing the applicant’s education, research experience and career aspirations, ii) a CV or resume and iii) a list of 2 or 3 professional references including their contact information. The starting date for the position is negotiable, but could be as soon as July, 2013, but, no later than January, 2014. Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the position please contact:

James O. Sickman

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of California, Riverside

Room 2324 Geology

Riverside, California 92521

Office: (951) 827-4552

Fax: (951) 827-3993

E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS):