Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

M.S. student in the biogeochemistry of cold-tolerant bioenergy crops 

Start date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Position: Fully funded M.S student in biogeochemistry and bioenergy crops 

Offered by: Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management 

Department’s application deadline: February 1, 2024 

Lab supervisor: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, Assistant Professor 

Research fields: biogeochemistry, environmental sustainability, bioenergy 

DESCRIPTION 

The Gomez-Casanovas Lab is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated student to investigate the biogeochemistry of cold-tolerant canes in the Southern US. The successful candidate will join the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management at Texas A&M Universityunder the supervision of Dr. Gomez-Casanovas, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Jeff Goodwin, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management

The successful applicant will conduct biogeochemistry-focused research using lab-based gas exchange methods, stable isotope tools and biometric methods. Ideally, the student will start in summer 2024. This is a funded position supported by a research assistantship that includes tuition and fees, health insurance and competitive salary. Typically, M.S. students spend 2 semesters on the main campus at College Station (TX) before moving to the Gomez-Casanovas’ Lab at Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Vernon (TX). The selected student will be expected to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. 

The Lab combines novel lab, field and modeling experiments in a holistic way to advance science at the nexus of Food, Energy and Environmental Security. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a vibrant and diverse research community (59 faculty-level Co-PIs, 184 postdocs and technicians, and 143 students) promoting a culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. Our focus is to find answers to one of today’s grand challenges: How can we provide sustainable sources of energy that meet societal needs as the population continues to grow?. The position is funded by the Sustainability Theme in the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center (BRC), Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

-Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. 

-Great written and oral communication skills 

-Ability to work independently and with a team 

-Clear interest in biogeochemistry 
 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

-Previous experience in a research laboratory 

-Experience using biometric methods, lab- and/or field-based gas exchange methods, and stable isotopes. 

-Demonstrated coursework or experience in biogeochemistry and bioenergy 

HOW TO APPLY 

Applicants should email 

1) a statement of interest (2 pages maximum) 

2) a resume or CV, and 

3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references 

To: Dr. Gomez-Casanovas via email (nuri.gomez-casanovas@ag.tamu.edu) with subject line ‘MS assistantship in bioenergy’. 

The review of candidate applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Department’s application deadline is February 1, 2024. Contact Dr. Gomez-Casanovas via email (nuri.gomez-casanovas@ag.tamu.edu) for more information. 

NuriaGomez-Casanovas, PhD 

Assistant Professor in Regenerative System Ecology 

Affiliate member of theInstitute for Advancing Health through Agriculture 

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center @ Vernon | Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management Department 

Texas A&M University 

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