Undergrads: Research Opportunity

Undergrad Research opportunity: Using Microbial DNA to Examine Wetlands as a Feedback on Climate Change.

Undergraduate research opportunity in the Hydro-biogeochemistry research group in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (https://www.uwhydrobiogeochem.com/).

We are recruiting a UW undergraduate student to join work on a research project examining how natural wetlands act as a feedback on climate change by producing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The portion of this interdisciplinary project that the student will conduct focuses on the microbes living in the soil surrounding plant roots and the complex food web that controls methane dynamics.

The student researcher would learn various laboratory techniques for processing and analyzing DNA, assisting a graduate student in processing a set of samples all the way from the initial DNA extraction from soil to final sample archive after data has been collected.

The successful candidate will have some knowledge and interest in environmental science and/or biology, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. Preference given to candidates with prior experience in PCR or other molecular biology.

The position would ideally start immediately, and the DNA processing would continue until the end of 2017. At that point, duties of the position would shift as the research assistant transitioned to other projects.

Please send a CV, a short statement (~500 words) describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and contact information for two professional references to Rebecca Neumann

(rbneum@uw.edu) by October 20, 2017.

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