Opportunities

We are always excited to discuss possible opportunities for enthusiastic graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate students, and visiting scientists to join our lab. Below is some information on general opportunities and current postings. Whether we are looking to fill a specific position, you have funding, or you just want to explore possibilities, please contact Dr. Harvey (bjharvey@uw.edu) if you are interested!

Graduate students:

Prospective graduate students should read about the process of earning a graduate degree and how funding works in the Harvey Lab at UW. If you are interested in pursuing a MS or PhD in the Harvey Lab, we’d love to hear from you!

****Current Opportunity****

Dr. Harvey seeking a MS or PhD student who is enthusiastic about examining the interaction of past forest management, insect outbreaks, and fire hazard in subalpine forests of the Rocky Mountains. This funded position will be joining a collaboration between UW, the USFS, the University of Colorado, and Oregon State University, where we will be collecting field data in long-term permanent plots in the Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado to address the following questions: How does the legacy of past (1940s) management treatments affect (a) resistance to recent (early 2000s) mountain pine beetle outbreaks? (b) post-outbreak fuels and fire hazard, and (c) future stand structure and function? These questions will need to form the core of the student’s graduate research, but the student will work with Dr. Harvey to develop additional interesting/important questions in their thesis or dissertation.

The ideal candidate will have experience in several (but interest in most!) of the following areas:

  • BS or MS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, environmental science, or related field
  • Forestry measurements (e.g., tree size, diameter, allometrics, dendrochronology, regeneration surveys, stem mapping)
  • Fuels measurements (e.g., Brown’s fuels transects, canopy fuel measurements)
  • Quantitative analyses (e.g., general statistics, linear modeling, spatial statistics)
  • Forest modeling (e.g., Forest Vegetation Simulator)
  • Scientific writing (e.g., manuscript preparation and/or proposal writing)
  • Leading large field crews in data collection through variable weather conditions
  • Botanical knowledge of major trees, shrubs, and herbs in the Rocky Mountains

***** This position will ideally start in the spring (e.g., April or May) of 2018 to prep for the summer 2018 field season, but the student will need to start in the summer 2018 field season at the latest.

Interested students are requested to create a single PDF document which contains the following:

  • A one-page statement that demonstrates (a) how your experience prepares you for this project, (b) which aspects of the project interest you most, and (c) your career goals after grad school.
  • A current CV
  • Unofficial undergrad (and grad if applicable) transcripts
  • Unofficial GRE scores and percentiles (taken within the last five years)
  • List of three references (name, position, institution, email address, and phone number). <<References will not be contacted until after the formal application process at UW-SEFS.>>

Email this PDF document to Dr. Brian J. Harvey (bjharvey@uw.edu) no later than Friday Nov 11, 2017. Dr. Harvey will contact the candidates that seem like the best fit to schedule a skype conversation in mid-Nov, and then encourage the top few candidates to apply to UW-SEFS by the application deadline of Dec 1, 2017.

Postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists:

Please get in touch if you are interested in collaboratively developing a proposal for a research grant or fellowship. There are many opportunities out there, such as the Smith Fellowship for postdocs and Fulbright Scholars for international collaborators. Writing a proposal and funding your postdoctoral research is a fantastic way to increase your competitiveness on the job market!

Undergraduate students:

One of the most under-utilized aspects of undergraduate education at a top-tier research university like UW is taking advantage of the opportunity to do…. research! Yet, participating in mentored research as an undergrad is one of the absolute best ways to launch your career and life in directions you never dreamed possible. If you are interested in forest ecology and would like to learn about ways to join our lab group for undergraduate research experience, please contact Dr. Harvey (bjharvey@uw.edu). If you are an undergrad in SEFS, check out the Senior Capstone as a one possibility.