Messer - Openings

Openings in Group

The Messer Research group currently has 1 PhD opening that include financial support. However, if you are interested in joining the team or already have a funding source please contact Tiffany Messer ( and include CV along with a letter of interest.

Students have the option to study in the Biological Systems Engineering Department or School of Natural Resources. Information on the masters and doctoral programs and admission can be found at or

PhD Opening

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 in 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 students 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Duke University. 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, Womens Center, and Academic Success and Intercultural Services-OASIS). 

Lincoln is a great place for students seeking research training in agroecosystems and natural resources. Additionally, the city a nice place to live, particularly for those who enjoy both outdoors and vibrant art scenes: