USA: MS Research Assistantship in Biofuel

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I have one 2-year MS assistantship available for a student interested in the social and economic aspects of natural resource management and alternative energy systems.

Location: Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Iowa State University. Ames, IA. You would become one of the founding members of the NREM Socio-Economic Research Lab.

The research involved is in the realm of sustainable biomass systems
for biofuel/bioproduct production. Key research questions involve: What
biomass fuel sources most effectively supply jointly produced economic,
social, and environmental benefits (while minimizing potential negative
impacts) in the US Cornbelt? What new crops, cropping systems, forest
management practices, machinery and techniques for harvesting, storing,
and transporting biomass are required for its sustainable development?
What ecosystem goods and services can be qualified and then quantified
within a partially perennialized agricultural landscape as compared to
traditional row-crop systems. Research flexibility is always provided
for the development of student-interest research questions.

Research will involve systems modeling, stakeholder based assessments and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Stipend: $18,000 per year plus health benefits and subsidized tuition (at least 50%). Start date: ISU Spring semester 2009.

Prior to formal application to Iowa State University, interested
applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. John Tyndall
(jtyndall[ at ]; 515.294.4912) with a letter of interest,
including cumulative GPA, GRE scores if available, description of any
previous research experience, and contact information for three
references. Please feel free to contact John with any informal
inquiries. If you wish to send hard copies, these may be submitted to
John Tyndall, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management,
339 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50014. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable
applicant is found.

Qualifications: Ideal students will have an interest in sociology,
economics, and ecology. Quantitative aptitude and reasonably developed
verbal and written skills are a distinct plus. The student will be
expected to present results of his/her research at regional and
national meetings and to prepare manuscripts of these findings for
publication in the peer-reviewed literature.

Minimum requirements as stated by the Graduate College, Iowa State University:
Salary: $18,000 per year plus health benefits and subsidiz
Last Date to apply: December 1, 2008
Contact: John Tyndall
Phone: 515.294.4912


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