Project FA15d: Water use in hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale

Project FA15d: Water use in hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale

Researcher: John Dzwonczyk jpd265@psu.edu

Project name: Water use in hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale

Position type: Data collection and literature analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply


Project description

We are seeking a research assistant who has interests in the Marcellus Shale fuel extraction industry, water resources, and sustainability. The emphasis of this study is on water use throughout the process of hydraulic fracturing. Responsibilities will include some combination of applied cartography, structured literature reviews, and collection and processing of public domain data. Throughout the course of this work, students will learn about a new and fast growing industry, learn the most up-to-date science on the relationship between shale fuel extraction systems and hydrological systems using an 'industrial ecology' framework, and observe the development of a MS thesis.


Desired qualifications

Familiarity with Microsoft Excel required. Ability to create simple maps using ArcMap preferred. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project during the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

 

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

A complete application must include:


1. All required fields of online form: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)