Graduate Student Research and Teaching Assistantships in Env., Earth & Atmo. Science at Umass Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
Nov 28, 2018
Dec 28, 2018
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The Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers exciting graduate research and teaching assistantships for motivated  students for the Fall 2019 semester. The following 4 positions are currently open:

Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry

Prof. Richard Gaschnig specializes in geochemistry, petrology, and geochronology, and uses elemental and isotopic measurements to answer questions about how the Earth’s continents have formed and evolved. His laboratory is currently recruiting M.S. students who are interested in these topics. Dr. Gaschnig has several potential projects in the fields of geochemistry, geochronology, and petrology, including:


  • Distribution of Mo, U, and Tl and their isotopic behavior in metamorphic rocks
  • Provenance of Precambrian sedimentary sequences in the western US
  • Tectonic origin of orthogneiss complex in central Idaho

Several  of  these  projects  involve  fieldwork  and  all  involve  lab  work.      For  further  information, please contact Prof. Richard Gaschnig:



A research opportunity is available for a graduate student who has an interest in coastal hydrogeology field work or numerical groundwater modeling. The project aims to understand surface water- groundwater interactions in the Merrimack River. The student will conduct field research and install groundwater wells and piezometers and deploy sensors in surface water and coastal aquifers, or numerically model groundwater processes at the coast.

If interested, please send an email to and include your resume. Motivated students who can work independently, take the initiative, and have a quantitative background are encouraged to apply.


Assessing Atmospheric Mercury Deposition and Pollution in Forests

The group of Prof. Daniel Obrist is looking for a graduate student to work on a project aimed to assess the deposition of atmospheric mercury to forests. Mercury is a potent neurotoxic pollutant affecting ecosystems worldwide. The dominant source of mercury on land is likely derived from plant uptake of gaseous atmospheric mercury, which subsequently is transferred to soils. From there, it is transported to rivers, lakes and oceans downstream via runoff processes and negatively affects aquatic food webs. In this project, we will quantify net atmosphere-surface exchange of atmospheric mercury in two remote forests for one full year each, net atmosphere-surface exchange of atmospheric mercury in two remote forests for one full year each, providing the first such records in forests. Atmospheric mercury deposition will be measured using micrometeorological methods deployed on large towers, in collaboration with Columbia University, Harvard University, and Texas A&M. Contact


Atmospheric and Climate Science

The Climate System Dynamics Group in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell ( is recruiting graduate students interested in atmospheric and climate science for funded M.S. positions starting in Fall 2019.


Motivated students interested in working with large climate datasets and climate models to study wide-ranging earth system topics, including weather extremes and hydrologic changes in modern, future, and paleo climates are encouraged to apply.


Applicants should have a background in Atmospheric Science, Physics, or a related field. Experience with Python, Matlab, NCL, R, or other programming languages is essential. Interested applicants should email Christopher Skinner ( to learn more about the M.S. program at UMass Lowell, and to discuss potential research projects. Please include a CV and a brief summary of research interests in your initial email.  Examples of past and ongoing research projects within the Climate System Dynamics Group can be found at:


Further TA opportunities are available in the department on a competitive basis. If interested in applying for a TA position, please apply to the Graduate program and contact EEAS faculty ( about your interest in joining their research groups.


You may further contact the EEAS Graduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Kate Swanger: