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OPEN POSITIONS

Undergraduate Research: Research internship positions are available for motivated undergraduate students on a space available basis. To be eligible, you must be able to commit a minimum of 10-12 hours per week during the academic year. It is typical for students to earn undergraduate research credits during the academic year (ETX 99/199) and work full time in the summer (40 hours per week). If you are interested, please email me (Prof. Brett Poulin, bapoulin@ucdavis.edu) a current CV including your major, GPA, year (e.g., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), and research interests. There are research opportunities for a variety of projects outlined on the Research page. 

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research: Please contact me (Prof. Brett Poulin, bapoulin@ucdavis.edu) if you are interested in conducting graduate research or becoming a postdoctoral scholar with our group. Graduate students are typically admitted through graduate groups I am a member of (Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Hydrologic Sciences).

  • Mercury-Selenium Antagonism in the Environment (currently open)

The Poulin Lab is currently seeking a Ph.D. student to work on a highlight interdisciplinary project aimed at identifying the interactions between mercury and selenium in the environment. The successful applicant will participate in field work in Michigan and conduct geochemical analyses to better understand mercury-selenium chemistry in the environment, including synchrotron-based X-ray speciation measurements.  Students interested in applying should have a BS or MS degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, or other relevant fields. Previous experience in organic geochemistry, isotope biogeochemistry, mercury science, and X-ray speciation are valuable assets for this project. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a 1-page cover letter, CV, transcripts, and two references to Brett Poulin (bapoulin@ucdavis.edu). 

  • Fate of Permafrost Mercury and Carbon in a Thawing Arctic (currently open)

The Poulin Lab is currently seeking a Ph.D. student starting in the summer/fall of 2023 to work on an interdisciplinary project aimed at identifying the fate of permafrost carbon and mercury in Arctic landscapes. The successful applicant will participate in fieldwork in northwest Alaska and conduct geochemical analyses to better understand the releases, transformations, and uptake of both carbon and mercury from permafrost soils to aquatic ecosystems and subsequently to resident fish. Students interested in applying should have (1) a B.S. or M.S. degree in chemistry, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, earth science, or other relevant fields and (2) a track record of conducting laboratory and field research. Previous experience in conducting fieldwork in remote locations and studying topics of organic geochemistry, stable and radioisotope biogeochemistry, and mercury science are valuable assets for this project. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a brief statement of interest, a CV, transcripts, and two references to Brett Poulin (bapoulin-at-ucdavis.edu). For consideration, applicants will need to apply to graduate school at UC Davis through the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry graduate group (applications due January 5, 2023).