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Doctoral Student Opportunity, Thermochronology and Tectonics, University of Kentucky

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky is seeking a doctoral student for Fall 2020 interested in the fields of thermochronology and tectonics. The successful student will have outstanding time management skills and work with an integrated team of faculty and students on an NSF project in the Teton-Yellowstone region of the western U.S. The project also includes facets of geophysics, earthquake hazards, and limnogeology. Preference is for applicants that have completed or will complete an M.S. degree prior to Fall 2020, but exceptionally prepared students that have completed a B.S. degree will also be considered. The project requires strong analytical, quantitative, and writing and communications skills, and the ability to work within a large, multidisciplinary team. The successful applicant will receive a split NSF-funded research assistantship and teaching assistantship to include a full tuition wavier, stipend, and health benefits. At least two full academic years of research (non-teaching) support is guaranteed pending satisfactory progress toward degree. Exceptional candidates will also be eligible for fellowships for summer research support. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Ryan Thigpen directly ( to discuss details and student expectations.