NSF-funded graduate student positions in climatology

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (US) or Columbia, South Carolina (US)
academic-year and summer salary; & pays student tuition and fees
Sep 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

We have Graduate Research Assistantships available for students interested in developing research related to our NSF-funded project, “High Frequency Hydroclimate Extremes and Synoptic Climate Drivers in Western North America at the End of the Little Ice Age.” 

One of these positions will be with Dr. Erika Wise in the Climate & Tree-Ring Environmental Science lab in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This student will focus on tree-ring science and data-model integration toanswer questions concerning pre-instrumental synoptic climatology and hydroclimate extremes. UNC-CH offers opportunities for field & lab research and for classes and collaborations with Duke and NC State universities.

The other position will be in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina-Columbia with Dr. Cary Mock, focusing on historical geography, synoptic climatology, and extreme climate and weather events. This position will include opportunities to conduct international archival research. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be trained in multiple approaches to climatology at both universities through funded summer research exchanges.  Students will also take part in science communication training through the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and be able to participate in science education and outreach in the Carolinas.  Both positions will provide academic-year and summer salary, conference travel funding, publication costs, and tuition & fees. 

We are seeking applicants to begin the graduate program in August 2019. Students interested in these positions should send their c.v. and information about their background, skills, and research interests to Dr. Erika Wise at ekwise@email.unc.edu and / or Dr. Cary Mock at mockcj@sc.edu before the application deadline (Dec. 12, 2018 for UNC and Jan 15, 2019 for USC). Please follow links below for additional information.


For more information:

NSF project summary: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1802024

Erika Wise research & lab information:http://wise.web.unc.edu/

Cary Mock research information:


UNC geography: https://geography.unc.edu/  

USC geography: https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/geography/index.php

UNC application info: http://geography.unc.edu/graduates/applications

USC application info: