Opening for a funded PhD position

A funded PhD position is available in the lab of Dr. Jingqiu Mao at University of Alaska Fairbanks, to study secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In collaboration with scientists at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and several universities, we will develop a new set of chemical mechanism for biogenic VOC oxidation and SOA formation, and then use global models and field observations to study how biogenic SOA formation is influenced by anthropogenic activities and its implication for climate radiative forcing. Applicants with background in atmospheric chemistry modeling (GEOS-Chem, AM3, MOZART, CMAQ, MCM etc.) are preferred.

Prospective students should send me an email at  jmao2@alaska.edu, with a complete CV and a paragraph describing your research interests.  The PhD position can start as soon as the summer of 2018. Please contact me immediately if you are interested.


Graduate Fellowships

After graduate students  join our group, I would encourage them  to apply for external  fellowships  (listed below).

NASA Space Grant program

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Fire Science (to be updated)

NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowships

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship (AGI)


Postdoctoral Fellowships

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative

NOAA Global Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellowship

L’ORÉAL USA for women in science


Undergraduate Fellowships

URSA Fellowship

NASA Space Grant



Summer Internship

REU (only undergraduate eligible): https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/reu-site-understanding-the-arctic-as-a-system/projects/Boreal-Forest-Fires

EEOP (both graduate and undergraduate eligible): https://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/eeop/Internships/ssi_internship

Professional  Development

Some great tips for graduate students