Looking for Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Please pass this along to anybody you feel might work out well for us. Thanks!

Position Descriptions:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) International Arctic Research Center (IARC) invites applications for two (2) summer undergraduate research assistants beginning 20 May 2012 as part of the National Science Foundation funded project “Ecohydrology in Permafrost Systems: The Impact of Watershed Heterogeneity on Stream Flow Dynamics and Hydrologic Pathways.” Through a combination of field work, lab work, and modeling, this project aims to explore the role of vegetation and permafrost dynamics on water fluxes/pathways the sub-arctic (discontinuous permafrost), boreal forest ecosystem. One student will focus on hydrology-related processes and the other will focus on ecology-related processes. Students will learn about and participate in most aspects of the research project including collection of field data, downloading and trouble-shooting data loggers, preparation for field activities, examining and processing data, entering data into data base, testing model code, etc. The ecology student will gain skills in plant physiological measurements.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have an outstanding undergraduate record. Candidates must be physically capable of field activities including walking long distances with potentially heavy backpacks (~20-30 pounds) and operation of four-wheelers. At a minimum, the students should be able to use ‘office’ software for data visualization and organization. Ideally, the hydrology student should be computationally strong and have some computer programming experience (such as Python, IDL, Matlab). Students must be enrolled as UAF student in minimum of 6 credits with minimum GPA of 2.0 or a newly enrolled student. Students must also possess a valid drivers license.

Work Environment:
This position will be based at the International Arctic Research Center. Field work will be occur at the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, located near Chatanika – approximately 45 minutes north-east of Fairbanks. Students should expect to spend 1-3 days each week in the field.

Salary:
For summer period, students will work 40 hours per week with a salary of $10.00 per hour.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references. Review of applications will begin on 1 May 2012.


Additional Information:

For more information, please contact Bob Bolton (bbolton@iarc.uaf.edu) or Jessie Cable (jcable@iarc.uaf.edu).

A new field season begins

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Last week the field season started up again the monitoring the snow ablation out in the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed and making sure the sites are up and running. It’s been a fairly cold winter and the month of March was actually colder than February. However, April has been nice and it won’t take much for the snow melt to really take off!

I will continue to post pictures of our field work and data as it gets worked up. It’s been fantastic and good for the soul to be outside and away from my computer for a few hours every couple days! Definitely good for my soul.

What did you learn today?

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Today I helped judge the Anne Wein Elementary Science Fair. Today I learned about determining the optimal design of the blades on a wind generator (one of my favorites) and the compressibility of different kinds of cake. A fun morning.

Sponge cake (right) is more compressible than carrot cake (left).

IAB Life Sciences Seminar Talk

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Tomorrow, Jessie will be giving a talk for the Institute of Arctic Biology Life Sciences Seminar Series. The title of her talk is “Boreal Forest Ecohydrology: Integrative Modeling”. The talk will be at 2:30 in the Elvey Auditorium (in the Geophysical Institute on the UAF campus). Her abstract can be found here.

Looking for a PhD student!

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Ph.D. position available in ecohydrologic modeling

Position Description

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) International Arctic Research Center (IARC) invites applications for a three year funded interdisciplinary, computer science oriented PhD assistantship commencing in Spring 2012 as part of the Department of Energy funded project, “Development of a Cold Regions Regional-Scale Hydrologic Model.” This project aims to develop a high-resolution, integrated ecohydrologic model to be used to help parameterize larger regional scale earth system models (e.g. RASM). The computational demands of the project will necessitate implementation of various model components on high-performance computing architectures at UAF’s Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC). Primary milestones to be tackled by the PhD student include: 1) assistance in the development and deployment of a hybrid ecohydrologic model for arctic regions on massively parallel computing systems, 2) use of parallel Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to estimate system-wide uncertainties in the modeling process, and 3) coupling (via CPL7) of the hybrid, hydrologic model with regional earth system models.

Qualifications
Applicants should have an outstanding undergraduate and Master’s record. The ideal candidate will have significant computer programming experience (including Python, Fortran, or C/C++), particularly in a supercomputing environment, a demonstrated aptitude in math and statistics relating to Bayesian procedures for parameterestimation, and a strong interest, with some experience in the application of numerical computer models to real-world geophysical problems.

Work Environment
The work will be conducted at the International Arctic Research Center (http://www.iarc.uaf.edu) and the Arctic Region Supercomputer Center (http://www.arsc.edu) both located on the the University of Alaska Fairbanks (http://www.uaf.edu) campus.

To Apply
Graduate student assistants must apply and be accepted into an appropriate UAF Graduate School program (
http://www.uaf.edu/admissions/grad/us/).

Additional Information
For more information, please contact Larry Hinzman (lhinzman@iarc.uaf.edu), Bob Bolton (bbolton@iarc.uaf.edu), Don Morton (Don.Morton@alaska.edu) or Jessie Cable (jcable@iarc.uaf.edu). 

 


Welcome, but under construction

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Welcome to our little blog. This is currently a work in progress, but I think it will progress and develop pretty nicely in relatively short order.