PhD research assistantship in hydrologic remote sensing

The hydrologic remote sensing group, led by Ryan Smith at Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST), is seeking one to two graduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. The expected starting time is Fall or Summer 2019. Tuition will be covered and a living stipend will be provided. Students will have the first year on fellowship.

The graduate student(s) will be given flexibility to pursue research topics of interest, so long as they fall within the category of hydrology and include some element of remote sensing or near-surface geophysics. Potential projects include:

  • Modelling land deformation due to groundwater pumping/recharge
  • Determining flow pathways in karst aquifers using remote sensing and near-surface geophysics
  • Relating models of groundwater flow in the unsaturated zone to remotely sensed measurements
  • Relating remote sensing data to groundwater quality using machine learning

Students with a strong academic record, as well as an interest in hydrology, are encouraged to apply. An undergraduate degree in the earth sciences, civil, environmental, or electrical engineering, or a similar field, is required. Some experience programing in python, MATLAB or R is also recommended but not required.  Applications submitted by January 1, 2019 will be given priority.

Successful applicants will join the Geological Engineering program within the Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering. The Geological Engineering program at MST has the largest graduate program of any U.S. university, and consistently ranks among the best in the nation. It has excellent resources for those interested in remote sensing of hydrologic processes, including state-of-the art geophysical equipment and computational resources. In addition to Ryan Smith, MST has several other faculty involved in hydrology and remote sensing research, including Katherine Grote, David Borrok and Joel Burken.

Missouri University of Science and Technology is located in Rolla, Missouri. Rolla is roughly 1.5 hours southwest of St. Louis, and is also home to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a branch of the US Geological Survey. Rolla is within a 20-minute drive of several national forests and scenic rivers.

Interested students should email Ryan Smith at with a resume as well as a brief paragraph outlining research interests. For more information, see Ryan Smith’s website at