Ph.D. position available; water mobility in frozen soils

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Ph.D. position available; water mobility in frozen soils

Margaret Darrow

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 2012.  Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt, and will be accepted until May 1.  Interested candidates should contact Dr. Margaret M. Darrow ([hidden email]); please include a letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, and the contact details (including email addresses) of two references.


See the following websites for more information about UAF (, the Institute of Northern Engineering (, the UAF Graduate School (, and Dr. Darrow’s research (  The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  UAF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.

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