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Graduate Research Assistant, Plant Science with University of Idaho in Moscow

Type of position Graduate Research Assistantship, preferably at PhD level
Employer University of Idaho
Description of Employer The University of Idaho is a high-research, land-grant institution committed to undergraduate and graduate research education with extension services responsive to Idaho and the regions business and community needs. Many students take advantage of an emphasis on undergraduate research opportunities in computer security, transportation innovations, environmental science, agricultural science, evolutionary biology, biomedical research and power applications to name a few. A U Idaho education is nationally ranked as a best buy for the quality and value and is one of the countrys “most wired” universities. The University of Idaho offers a complete living and learning experience. The residential campus is located in the small, friendly community of Moscow, Idaho, and is surrounded by the rural beauty and outdoor recreational activities of North Idaho.
Location Moscow
Description of Location Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses. Research will involve management of annual grasses, assessing risk from fire through fire modeling and restoration of plant communities Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey Idaho ( https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/rock-creek/research ).
Salary Stipend Provided
Closing date of competition October 4, 2019
Date position available January 13, 2020
Description of duties

Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses.  Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of these annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants reseeded because of depleted seed banks.  The successful applicant would conduct research that involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sage grouse and other sagebrush fauna.

Qualifications sought

The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas.  The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral.  The position is prefered at the PhD level so a student who already has an M.S. is preferred. 

Contact for additional information Timothy Prather, tprather@uidaho.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Please send a letter of introduction to Timothy Prather. In addition, apply to the graduate college at University of Idaho and indicate that you would like your packet routed to Tim Prather. Graduate admissions is at https://www.uidaho.edu/admissions/graduate/graduate-programs
Submit to Apply through the graduate college. Graduate admissions is at https://www.uidaho.edu/admissions/graduate/graduate-programs
Additional Information U of I is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing EEO to applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, specially disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, recently separated veteran, and other protected veteran statuses (ethnic/racial minorities, women, and individuals from other underrepresented groups). U of I has made, and will continue to make, every effort to eliminate barriers to EEO encountered by all and to improve access and outreach to underrepresented groups.
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