Graduate Research Opportunities at Utah State University

Logan, Utah
Nov 02, 2018
Jan 01, 2019
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (, a multidisciplinary laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, attracts students from a variety of STEM backgrounds and is engaged in a wide range of challenging national and international research efforts. See for application information. Funded opportunities in the following research groups are described below:

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. PhD assistantship is available for hig¬hly motivated students.  Potential research areas include but are not limited to fluvial hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, hydraulic structures, scour and erosion, fluid mechanics and experimental techniques, and energy dissipation. Inquiries are encouraged and may be directed to 


HUMAN-NATURAL WATER MANAGEMENT. PhD and MS assistantships are available within the USU WET Lab ( at the intersection of hydrologic science, fluvial hydraulics, and water resources management, with a focus on data-driven solutions for the West’s growing water management challenges. Potential research areas include integrating ecological and climate uncertainty in water management, investigating multi-scale topographic and streamflow controls on river functioning to inform restoration, and quantifying the utility of synthetic terrain generation for ecohydraulic applications. Students with various backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g., hydrology, civil engineering, earth sciences, biology, statistics). Experience with programming, geospatial and statistical analysis strongly desired. Inquiries may be directed to

AGRICULTURAL WATER AND BIG DATA. PhD and MS assistantships available to develop solutions involving multi-resolution, high/low frequency data sources for agricultural characterization, monitoring, and forecasting.  Potential research areas include but are not limited to remote sensing vertical integration, beyond line-of-sight UAV technology, data mining and Big Data applications in agriculture. Experience in HPC systems, data mining, remote sensing, water and energy balance, spatial statistics, and field data collection desired. Google Earth Engine experience is a plus. Inquiries may be directed to 

MACHINE LEARNING AND HYDROLOGY. PhD research assistantship is available in machine learning applications in hydrologic (emphasis on groundwater) modeling. Potential research areas include but are not limited to data-driven modeling of hydrologic systems, uncertainty analysis, and integrated hydrologic modeling. Proven experience with programming and statistics strongly desired. Inquiries may be directed to

HUMAN IMPACT ON HYDROLOGY MODELING AND PREDICTION. PhD and MS assistantships are available in understanding watersheds as coupled nature-human systems and providing scientific support for water resources management.  Specific focus areas are (1) human activities impact assessments (e.g., irrigation, resource consumption, renewable energy generation) using in-situ measurements and remote sensing products with machine-learning or statistical techniques and 
(2) hydrologic model refinements by improving the human dimension. Students with various backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g., civil engineering, hydrology, earth sciences, remote sensing, mathematics and statistics).  Experience with numerical simulation, statistics and spatial data analysis strongly desired.  Inquiries may be directed to

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
(for full funding consideration for graduate studies starting fall 2019)
*Communication with respective contacts is encouraged before applying
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