NEW!!! PH.D. candidate sought

The paleoecology group at Florida Institute of Technology is looking for 1-2 fully funded Ph.D. students to begin either May or August 2022. The research themes for the positions would be to investigate the synergistic influences of climate change, human use of forests, fire histories, and vegetation change in Amazonia over the last 7000 years. Most of the work would be based on fossil pollen and charcoal analysis with opportunities to include diatom, phytolith, and XRF analyses, and integrate unpiloted aerial vehicle data into their study.

Field work in lowland Amazonia would be required, and applicants should expect to undertake strenuous physical activity in remote and sometimes challenging settings. Applicants joining the laboratory in May would take part in two expeditions in 2022 to the Peruvian Amazon.

Qualified candidates would be highly motivated hold an MS - or be graduating in the spring - in a related field (e.g. biology, ecology, geography, geology, archaeology, environmental science), and have excellent letters of recommendation.

At Florida Tech a PhD in Biological Sciences requires 73 credits, 30 of which can be transferred from a Masters program. Credits are a blend of taught classes (a minimum of 18 credits) and research credits. The expected graduation time for a Ph.D. is 4 years with an MS.

You would be joining an active research group and would be expected to work closely with undergraduate volunteers, as well as fellow graduate students and post-docs. Every student in the research group gains experience at some point in their course of study as a Teaching Assistant as this provides excellent training in communication and organization.

We treasure diversity and have a strong record of appointing and mentoring students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM. Applications from candidates belonging to traditionally under-represented groups in STEM disciplines are especially welcome.

Applicants should send a CV that includes undergraduate and graduate GPA and GRE scores, TOEFL scores if not a native English speaker, a ~500 word statement of interest, and 3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Mark Bush mbush@fit.edu. The last date to apply is January 15th, 2022. Interviews of short-listed candidates will be held the following week.

Florida Tech is a private, Tier-1 university on the Atlantic coast of Central Florida. The region has beaches that are excellent for fishing and surfing, large areas of protected lands with opportunities for hiking and kayaking, low crime rates, good schools, and a moderate cost of living. Downtown Melbourne is small and quaint with many eateries. Florida Tech actively supports an educational environment that fosters diversity and inclusion for all and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

How to get involved

The Neotropical Paleoecology Research Group is a great place to learn a variety of research skills. We train students in microscopy, data gathering and analysis, and statistics. In particular students learn to identify fossil charcoal, diatoms, and pollen recovered from sediment cores from ancient lakes in tropical America. We have a strong track record of getting students published and in involving undergraduates in our Andean and Amazonian field expeditions.

Undergraduate involvement

You can either come to work with us as a volunteer or, if you qualify, through a Federal work-study position. Contact Dr. Mark Bush mbush@fit.edu to set up an interview.

Graduate students

Fluent Spanish or Portuguese speakers are highly desirable. For overseas students, a IBT score ≥ 79 or Florida Tech TOEFL score of ≥ 550 is required.

For additional information send us an e-mail at mbush@fit.edu