Masters Degree Assistantship in Radiological Contamination of Forests, University of Georgia, United States

Expires on: 03/01/2024


The University of Georgia�s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources & Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; are seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on assessing radiological contamination of southeastern forests beginning fall of 2024. The project will: (1) assess the state of knowledge regarding radiologically contaminated forests and protocols for release of forest products; (2) determine volumetric radiocesium (Cs-137) contamination across a gradient of known radioactively contaminated forests; and (3) determine volumetric organically bound tritium (OBT) contamination within a forest irrigated with tritiated water (i.e., a phytoremediation system).


The ideal candidate would already possess some field experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a basic statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, biogeochemistry, radiochemistry, or a related discipline. 

The successful candidate will receive a two-year graduate research assistantship consisting of an annual stipend of approximately $24.5k and tuition waiver. The initial fall and spring semesters will be spent on the UGA campus in Athens, GA completing coursework, and the remainder of the time will be spent in residence at SREL conducting research.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell admission requirements and deadlines ( and send a single pdf containing:

  •   a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab ( will help you realize these goals; 
  • a current Academic CV; 
  • unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; and
  •  contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey ( If selected to compete for this assistantship, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School. 

Please contact Dr. Doug Aubrey ( with any additional questions.

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