Graduate Assistant

Graduate Assistant - Dr. Tiffany Messer
Department: • Biological Systems Engineering

Students Needed:
• Graduate

Dr. Tiffany Messer is seeking one Ph.D. student to study drivers of photodegradation and biogeochemical processes of insecticides in rivers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln starting with the Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 term. Her research team focuses on identifying, tracing, and treating contaminants of emerging concern and nutrients in highly disturbed ecosystems through innovative sensor technologies for water quality monitoring and ecosystem based Best Management Practices. The student’s research will focus on quantifying the potential role of river geomorphology on photochemical transformation fate and degradation rates of two neonicotinoid insecticides that are contaminants of emerging concern (CECs): Imidacloprid and Clothiandin. More information about the Messer Lab can be found at

Student support will be provided through funding from the USDA through a collaborative project with Duke University (Dr. Martin Doyle) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Dr. Tiffany Messer and Dr. Dan Snow). Ability and willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings is vital, and travel for one month out of the year will be necessary for work in Nebraska and North Carolina. Graduate school applicants will need a background in one or more of the following areas: agricultural/biological engineering, chemical engineering, biogeochemistry, and/or civil engineering. Candidates with general programming skills (e.g., Matlab, R Studio, SAS), strong technical writing records, and enthusiasm for research are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is January 31, 2017. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Tiffany Messer directly at with their resume or CV and research interests prior to the application deadline.

Students will join the Biological Systems Engineering Department ( Information on the graduate programs and admission can be found at

Dr. Messer and her team are committed to a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab environment and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Further, the University of Nebraska Lincoln has numerous resources to create a welcoming environment for all people (e.g., Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Center, and Academic Success and Intercultural Services--OASIS).