Opportunities

Summer NSF Research Experience Undergraduate (REU) Fellowship

Our lab is seeking a motivated undergraduate student to come work in our lab during summer 2017 (June 5 – August 4, but dates are flexible). You will have an opportunity to work at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest located in western Montana examining whole tree ecophysiological processes. Measurements such as water potential, transpiration, and growth will be routinely made in the field. Outreach through a weeklong NASA camp will also require the student’s participation. Airfare, lodging and stipend will be provided. If interested, please send your CV to Dr. Jia. Hu at jia.hu02@montana.edu.

Master’s Student Opportunity

We are seeking a Master’s student to work on a multi-agency funded project aimed at understanding the role of juniper encroachment on riparian hydrology. The student will be part of Dr. Jia Hu’s Plant Ecophysiology Lab, in the Ecology Department at Montana State University. The student will work on topics related to plant ecophysiology, such as measuring transpiration rates among different plant species, partitioning water use among plant species, and characterizing age classes of juniper trees. Other disciplines integrated into this project include dendrochronology and hydrology. We seek an enthusiastic student who is comfortable working long hours both in the field (often under inclement weather), as well as in the lab. Preferred BA/BS degrees in Biological Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or Forestry. Students who have prior experience working with sap flow sensors (or have an interest in learning about electronics and data-logger programming) are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this position should have a strong academic record and demonstrate the ability to work independently.

The position is funded for two and a half years, with three academic semesters of a teaching assistantship, two academic semesters of a research assistantship, and three summers of research assistantship. Tuition, fees, and health insurance are also included. Position will start June 1, 2017, with some flexibility in the start date. If interested, send a CV and a short statement of interest in the position. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Jia Hu at jia.hu02@montana.edu.