Currently Available M.S. and Ph.D. Opportunities From Our Faculty:
The College of Natural Resources, Renewable Materials program at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for potential Ph.D. and M.S. research assistantships. We are looking for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) focused on Renewable Materials.
Specific Projects Include:
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate bioplastics property improvements by cross-linking
- Understanding the relationship between corn and sorghum cell wall chemistry on stalk viscoelastic properties
- Chemical investigation of yeast lipid production by Raman spectroscopy-microscopy
- Examining the effect of municipal solid waste torrefaction conditions on their rheological, mechanical and physical properties of extruded pellets.
For the M.S., the minimum requirements are: B.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
For the Ph.D., the minimum requirements would be a M.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Dr. Armando McDonald.
The College of Natural Resources, Rangeland Conservation program at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for a graduate research assistantship in plant sciences (Ph.D preferred). Sagebrush steppe pant 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.
The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspects 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. Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey, Idaho