Thank you for your interest in joining the Seybold lab!
We are currently recruiting 2 graduate students (1 M.S. and 1 Ph.D.) to join the lab in fall 2021! Click here for more details!
We are is always looking for creative, hardworking and collaborative team members to join the group! Here is some information on potential opportunities that are available to you:
If you are a University of Kansas undergraduate who is interested in getting research experience, please contact me! We have potential work study and thesis research projects available for you.
Check back in the spring for information about the Applied Geohydrology Summer Internship program at the Kansas Geological Survey (located at the University of Kansas) in summer 2020! More information will be forthcoming, but this fully funded position is a great opportunity to gain experience in how to collect and analyze hydrological, biogeochemical, and geophysical data. If you’re interested in summer research opportunities, please contact me with a short description of why you are interested in joining the lab and your resume/CV.
Graduate students (M.S./Ph.D.): If you are interested in working together on a M.S. or Ph.D., please feel free to email me with (1) a short description of why you are interested in joining the lab and (2) your resume/CV. In addition to posted positions, I encourage prospective lab members to seek independent sources of funding (e.g. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program). If you’re interested in writing a graduate fellowship together, please contact me with your CV and a description of your research interests.
Postdoctoral Researcher: I don’t currently have any postdoc positions in the lab, but am open to talking with those who are interested in writing fellowships together (e.g. NSF Earth Science Research (EAR) postdoc fellowship). If you are interested in working on a fellowship application together, please email me with your CV and information about the project you are interested in developing together.
Seybold Lab Group Goals: The mission of our lab is to produce outstanding research in aquatic biogeochemistry while preparing lab members for diverse careers including research, teaching, management, and environmental policy. As a group, we are committed to fostering a lab community that creates an inclusive, respectful, happy, and supportive environment in all aspects of our work as scientists regardless of any member's race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender-identity, physical ability, or socio-economic status. My responsibilities as a graduate advisor:
Work collaboratively with students to identify, design and address research questions through a thesis or dissertation project.
Provide financial support throughout graduate school, including summer salary and travel support for one conference a year when resources are available.
Discuss future career goals and help students work to towards those goals (to the best of my ability). Connect students to other resources and networks to foster understanding of the job opportunities in and outside of academia.
Meet with one-on-one with students either weekly or bi-weekly (depending on stage of graduate career) to discuss progress and upcoming plans.
Hold regular lab meetings and cultivate a collaborative and supportive lab environment where students can receive feedback and mentoring, work on professional development skills (e.g. presentation, writing, and time management skills), and engage in scientific discussions (theory, diversity, etc.).
Solicit and be open to feedback. Listen to concerns from all lab members and act as a resource and mediator for lab conflicts. Work to resolve issues through clear communication.
Be flexible during difficult times, including (but not limited to) mental health or family emergencies and sickness.
Lab expectations for graduate students in the Seybold Lab:
Be eager to learn and work collaboratively. Bring your sense of curiosity to your research.
Engage with all members of the lab in respectful, open, and professional manner.
Participate actively in lab meetings and departmental events.
Maintain a posture of zero tolerance for harassment and violence against any member of the community.
Be a team player. Help your lab mates and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Follow through on weekly meetings and short-term goals and plans.
Be willing to apply for outside funding. This is an important job skill both inside and outside academia!
Conduct rigorous and serious science. Maintain an “open science” and data philosophy for all data, code and deliverables generated while part of the lab group.
Submit at least one manuscript before your thesis or dissertation defense (does not need to be accepted; preferable two manuscripts or more for PhD students). The lab and I will work closely throughout your tenure to make sure this is an attainable goal.
Conduct yourself in a safe manner. Safety in the laboratory and field is the underpinning of all good science. No experiment is worth one’s health. Similarly, no lab member should risk the health of others by coming to work when sick.
Treat your work as a full-time job, but one that may require less or more than 40h/week, depending on where one is in their path.
Tend to your physical health, mental health and family first. Try your best to develop a healthy work-life balance so that you can enjoy doing research and not burn out. There may be times when this feels hard, and in those situations be sure to talk with me and your lab mates.