Jarvis Creek

Jarvis Creek Watershed

Glaciers, permafrost and watershed hydrology in the context of basic science and community needs

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Graduate

Research on top of mountain working at a weather station

Position Description

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The Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC), and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), in collaboration with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Fairbanks, North Carolina State University, the International Arctic Research Center and the Geophysical Institute at UAF, are seeking two graduate students to perform:

  • hydrologic modeling and field measurements (Ph.D. student)
  • geochemical modeling and field measurements of a glacierized catchment underlain by discontinuous permafrost (M.S. student)

The Ph.D. position at the WERC includes numerical model simulations using the physically based hydrologic model WaSiM, downscaled climate model scenarios and field measurements in order to assess what role glacier wastage play on lowland hydrology and permafrost in the Jarvis Creek (approx.150 km southeast of Fairbanks) and Tanana River basins, in Interior Alaska.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry M.S. position focuses on analyzing the variation of contributing sources and dominating flow pathways in the Jarvis Creek watershed using geochemical tracers.

Both positions include multiple field trips to perform glacier, snow, meteorological, hydrological and geochemical measurements.

Prerequisites

Researcher is sampling snow density

We seek motivated candidates with a B.S./M.S. degree in hydrology, geosciences/physical geography, physics, chemistry, engineering, or related fields. Experience with field work, hydrological modeling, GIS, glaciology and programming (Ph.D. position) or geochemistry (M.S. position) is desirable. Good oral and written communication skills are a prerequisite.

M.S. Specifics

The M.S. student, to be based at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, WERC, and CRREL, may choose from two degree options depending on academic background and interests:
M.S. in Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The applicant would preferably have a B.S. degree in chemistry, but it is not a prerequisite.

PhD Specifics

The Ph.D. student, to be based at WERC/Institute of Northern Engineering, may choose from several degree options depending on academic background and interests:

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Northern Engineering, which requires a B.S. or M.S. engineering degree
  • OR
  • Ph.D. in geophysics from Department of Geology and Geophysics, which requires B.S. or M.S. in any branch of science or geosciences
  • OR
  • Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, which offers educational opportunities not readily available through traditional departmental degree programs

Admission and course requirements vary between degree programs.

Application Process

The PhD employment will start by the earliest possible date, but no later than the spring semester (Jan 2014). The M.S. position would ultimately start in January or mid-May 2014. Screening of applications will start as soon as possible and the position will be open until filled. US citizen, US residents as well as international applicants are welcomed.

Applicants are required to submit a complete application to the appropriate graduate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. However, we recommend that you first contact us and submit via email the following information, preferably in a single pdf: (1) a cover letter stating your motivation for graduate studies and the particular project, (2) a CV including contact information of three referees, and (3) transcripts of your academic record.

Undergraduate

Researcher is sampling snow

Position Description

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The Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC) is seeking an undergraduate student to support hydrologic modeling and hydrologic and geochemical field measurements of a glacierized catchment underlain by discontinuous permafrost.

The undergraduate Research Assistant will work closely with two graduate students to assess what role glacier wastage play on lowland hydrology and permafrost in the Jarvis Creek and Tanana River basins, Interior Alaska. The position includes multiple field trips in summer to perform glacier, meteorological, hydrological and/or geochemical measurements, while fall and spring semesters mainly include data processing.

Prerequisites

We seek motivated candidates who are working towards a B.S. degree in geosciences, physical geography, physics, chemistry, engineering, or related fields. Experience with field work, GIS and programming is desirable. Good oral and written communication skills are a prerequisite.

Researcher with hip waders standing creek measuring run offon glacier

Application Process

The earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2013. US citizen, US residents as well as international applicants studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus are welcomed. Students can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer. The position is available for the duration of the project (July 1, 2013 – Sep 30, 2016).

To apply for the undergraduate research assistant position, please contact Anna Liljedahl (akliljedahl@alaska.edu). Please submit via email the following information, preferably in a single pdf: (1) a cover letter stating your motivation for the particular project, (2) a CV including contact information of three referees, and (3) transcripts of your academic record.

Photo Credits

Top Left:
Joel Bailey installs the Coal Mine Ridge meteorological station.
Photo by Anna Liljedahl.
Top Right:
Ruvim Vorobyov with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District takes snow samples for density measurements.
Photo by Anna Liljedahl.
Bottom Left:
Colin Barnard with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District measures snow accumulation in the foothills.
Photo by Anna Liljedahl.
Bottom Right:
Research assistant Andrew Chamberlain measures runoff in Ober Creek, a sub-basin of Jarvis Creek.
Photo by Elliot Clausen.