The graduate assistant will: (1) conduct a greenhouse nursery experiment wherein conifer seedlings are cultured and grown under experimental moisture stress regimes; (2) use a subset of the cultured seedlings to conduct an outplanting experiment; (3) report results of these experiments in a thesis or dissertation and in manuscript(s) submitted to peer-reviewed journals. Additional opportunities include analysis of existing and new data from silvicultural experiments and permanent plots in western larch/mixed-conifer forests. The graduate assistant will work collaboratively with UM faculty, staff, and students; RMRS scientists and staff; and forest land managers.
Funding support includes a mixture of research and teaching assistantships, with annual renewal based on satisfactory performance. Available degree options include Forest and Conservation Sciences (PhD), Forestry (MS), or Systems Ecology (MS or PhD).
– Ability to meet the admission requirements for the relevant UM graduate degree program
– Ability to implement modern applied statistical analyses in R
– Evidence of skills and experience to successfully conduct field and greenhouse experiments
– Demonstrated technical writing ability
– Excellent communication, interpersonal, and time management skills
– Graduate or undergraduate training in silviculture and forest ecology
– Work experience or training in greenhouse or nursery practices, plant propagation, or horticulture
– Research experience leading to publication in refereed journals
Send a single pdf file containing a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, a current CV, unofficial transcripts, and names and contacts of three professional references to Dr. Andrew Larson at [email protected] . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning October 20, 2021.
Start date. January 2022 (spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year).
About UM and Missoula. UM is located in Missoula, Montanaâs second-largest city with a population of 80,000 residents. Missoula offers a high quality of life, with excellent public schools, and multiple rivers, trails, Wilderness areas, and other outdoor recreation amenities within minutes of campus. Missoula supports a vibrant arts community and attracts national musical acts.