Funding is available for a Ph.D. student to study water mobility in frozen soils, through a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This project will use a combination of state-of-the-art measurement techniques to quantify relationships among key variables in soil freezing and thawing processes, namely unfrozen water content and mobility, soil zeta potential, and soil micro-fabric. Results from this research will improve our understanding of how frozen ground behaves as it interacts with thermal changes in the surrounding environment.
Priority will be given to candidates with a B.S. or M.S. degree in engineering or physical science, and having experience with, or strong interest in, soils, physical chemistry, surface chemistry, and NMR, ESEM, and XRD measurement techniques. The research assistantship is expected to provide 12 month salary (~$30K/yr) plus insurance and tuition for a student in good standing for 4 years, starting September 2013 (possibly in summer 2013, depending on time of application). Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt, and will be accepted until March 1, 2013. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Margaret M. Darrow ([hidden email]); please include a letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, unofficial transcript, and the contact details (including email addresses) of two references.