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**Multiple Fall 2022 graduate openings!**

The Smith Ecophysiology Lab at Texas Tech University is looking for new Masters and PhD students to join our group in Fall 2022. We are looking for students interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying plant physiological acclimation to global change and the resulting impacts these processes have on future Earth system dynamics. Prospective students should have a background in plant physiology, plant ecology, Earth system science, or similar field. More information on the lab can be found at smithecophyslab.com. Students are encouraged to have a look at recent publications from the lab prior to applying.

Your profile

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field
  • Research experience in relevant field
  • Curiosity about how plants influence the Earth system
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team

What we offer
  • Funding through a combination of research and teaching assistantships
  • A supportive research environment including weekly lab and one-on-one meetings
  • Range of on- and off-campus facilities including growth chambers, greenhouses, and a local Nutrient Network site
  • Funding to present at conferences
  • Access to career development opportunities through TTU

How to apply
Please send the following as a single pdf to Nick Smith (nick.smith@ttu.edu) by October 31, 2021:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter that states your interest in the position and career goals
  • Names and contact information for 3 references
  • Copies of academic transcripts
Shortlisted applicant will be invited for interviews.

Contact Nick Smith via email atnick.smith@ttu.edu.

Full advertisement:

Graduate Students

The Smith lab is always looking for highly motivated Masters and Ph.D. students.

The lab is fully equipped to explore the response and feedback of plants to environmental change. I am interested in students with diverse backgrounds in any one or combination of plant physiology, ecology, mathematics, statistics, or modeling. Though, a desire to broaden your skills is strongly preferred!

As a graduate student in my lab, you will be given the freedom to explore topics and develop projects that you are passionate about. To encourage the development of new skills, I may ask you to step outside your comfort zone. I encourage collaboration among lab members as well as with other researchers at Texas Tech and institutions with which we collaborate, including universities and national laboratories.

There is competitive funding to support students through a combination of Research and Teaching Assistantships and internal fellowships. Additionally, we have funds for multi-scale field, lab, and computational experiments as well as dissemination of research at local, national, and international meetings.

Interested students can apply through the Biology Department at Texas Tech. Further information, including application instructions and degree requirements can be found here. Interested students are encouraged to contact Nick prior to applying.


The lab currently does not have funds to support postdocs at this time. However, we expect a new position examining photosynthetic acclimation to open in Spring 2021 (to start in Fall 2021). Please contact Nick if you would like to discuss further.
Nick would also be open to discussing other options for postdoctoral support. Please reach out if you are interested.

TTU and Lubbock, TX

The Biology department at Texas Tech offers a wide variety of research facilities, including greenhouse and growth chamber space. Texas Tech also has a High Performance Computing Facility, well suited for running large-scale analyses and model simulations.

Lubbock, Texas offers a low cost of living and high quality of life. Lubbock is situated within the heart of West Texas, within driving distance of canyons, mountains, forests, and prairies.