PhD Assistantship in Hydroinformatics and River Water Quality

Dr. Jesus Gomez-Velez
Socorro, New Mexico
Oct 01, 2017
Oct 31, 2017
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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The Environmental Flow & Transport Lab at New Mexico Tech ( is seeking applications for a PhD student (or exceptional MS student) in Hydroinformatics with an emphasis on merging hydrologic transport processes, fluvial geomorphology, and nutrient and contaminant dynamics in river systems. The appointment will support a large-scale field and modeling project aimed at improving the characterization of river hydrogeomorpohology and its cumulative influence on water quality. The project integrates data mining and synthesis of large physical and biogeochemical datasets with new physics-based models for transport in large river networks. Research goals include the conceptualization and analysis of detailed bedform-scale flow and transport models and assembling and assimilating hydrogeomorphic data into a new river corridor transport model to assess cumulative effects, and forecast outcomes for changing water quality at the scale of the nation. Applicants with a quantitative background and experience in programming and GIS will be given preference. The successful candidate will join the Hydrology Program at New Mexico Tech’s Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science ( and is expected to work collaboratively with colleagues at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and. Computing facilities and travel are supported. Interested applicants should email a CV, transcripts, and a one-page statement of past and present research goals to Dr. Jesus D. Gomez-Velez ( Review of applications begins October 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. 

The Hydrology Program at NM Tech ( is one of the nation's largest, oldest, and strongest programs in hydrology research and education. Five full-time faculty, two active emeritus faculty, and several adjunct faculty allow us to offer many different hydrology courses and a variety of research opportunities. The program is tailored to accommodate students from a wide variety of backgrounds in science, engineering, and mathematics. Facilities include a high-performance computing environment, assorted laboratories for chemical, microbiological, and physical measurements and experiments, and several field experimental sites. Graduates of our program go on to positions in academia, government, and industry.