Opportunities

The Reinhardt Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University is seeking a highly motivated person for a PhD student position studying the implications of long-term stored water inside trees to whole-plant water relations. A background in field work and experience with measurements of gas exchange, hydraulics, sap flow, dendrometry, stable isotopes, and tree morphology are required (at least some combination of these skills). Much of the field work will occur at the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory (https://criticalzone.org/reynolds/).

This NSF-supported position comes with three years of funding, with additional years of TA support available. This project is highly collaborative, and the hired student will work closely with other students and faculty at ISU, NCSU, and UGa.

We are looking for a student who can start as early as January 2021 and no later than May 2021. A MS degree is required for this position and should be in an area related to Plant Physiological Ecology, Botany, or Forestry. Come collaborate with a team of plant ecophysiologists and watershed hydrologists to research how long-term stored water in trees regulates tree water storage, transport, and loss. The student will measure water transport (sap flow, transpiration) and storage reservoirs (using stable isotopes) in multiple species of trees across several summers. There is also the potential to develop your own research project within the larger, overall project. See the lab website (https://keithreinhardt.com/) for more information about ongoing lab research and the ISU Biology website for information on degree programs. If interested, please send a letter with your research interests, experiences, and career goals, and a CV to Dr. Keith Reinhardt at reinkeit@isu.edu. Idaho State University is located in Pocatello, ID, a town with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and a low cost of living.