Graduate Research Assistant

Missoula, Montana
salary band of $25,0000-$33,000 per year
Nov 28, 2018
Jan 27, 2019
Geochemistry, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type


The Department of Geosciences Hydrogeology Lab is inviting applications for multiple PhD students beginning in Fall 2019, to work on a project involving the use of naturally occurring isotopic tracers to constrain high performance reactive transport models of uranium transport.  Students will use a combination of field, laboratory and computational techniques and gain expertise in isotope hydrology, reactive transport, groundwater and stream water interactions and uncertainty quantification.  Students will receive up to five years of Research Assistant and NSF GRT Fellowship support with a salary band of $33,000-$25,000 per year, as well as tuition.  Students will be involved in the interdisciplinary UM BRIDGES Food Energy Water Graduate Research Traineeship program  With faculty expertise in subsurface and surface hydrology; snow, ice and climate; computer science and numerical methods; soil and forest ecology; solid earth geophysics; statistical methods and machine learning, students will receive a world class education in earth system and critical zone science, as well as technical skills sought after in the academic, governmental and private sectors. 


The ideal candidate will have a degree in geoscience, geophysics or allied earth, environmental or physical science.  The student should have strong quantitative skills, be comfortable with applied mathematics, have some experience in computer programming in mid and low-level languages and in laboratory methods for isotopic analysis.  Candidates should be comfortable doing field work in the western U.S. where summers are hot and winter is cold.  Candidates should possess strong written and oral communication skills.


Interested Applicants should apply to the Geoscience Graduate program at the University of Montana by January 17th.  Details on how to apply can be found at Interested students should contact Dr. Payton Gardner via email:


Missoula is fun, active and busy small city immediately surrounded by the two largest wilderness areas in lower 48 states.  UM is state flagship liberal arts school, and a large part of the community, helping foster an intellectual and artistic culture.  Missoula boasts a great live music scene, busy downtown and access to world class outdoor recreation from your front door.  Candidates will be encouraged to pursue their education with vigor, while maintaining a healthy physical lifestyle, and to push their intellectual and physical boundaries.