2 PhD Positions: (1) Wildfire and headwater processes, (2) Microplastics Pollution

Employer
University of California Riverside, Department of Environmental Sciences
Location
Riverside, California (US)
Closing date
Dec 4, 2021
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The Gray Lab at the University of California, Riverside is seeking 2 PhD students to begin in Fall 2022.

Position (1): Wildfire. We are interested in the complex interactions between fire, soil, vegetation, and the lithology of headwater systems that result in dramatic post-fire hydro-geomorphic responses including floods, debris flows, and pollutant fluxes. We use hydro-meteorological monitoring, high-resolution repeat topographic surveys with drones and laser scanners, and remote sensing to monitor these systems. The data that we obtain is then used to better understand fundamental hydro-geomorphic and ecohydrologic processes, and inform both hazard and process-based models. Strong candidates for this position will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in hydrology, geology, civil engineering, or a related discipline. Previous experience with field monitoring, topographic surveying, and geospatial analysis is preferred, but not required. Please email inquiries about this position to Andrew Gray (agray@ucr.edu) with “Fire & Headwater Processes GSR” in the subject line, and include your CV and transcripts (unofficial fine).

Position (2): Microplastics. We use fundamentals from the fields of hydrologic sciences and earth surface processes to better understand the sources, transport, and fate of plastic pollution and assess the efficacy of management efforts. Our lab partners with state, national, and local authorities to address real-world questions about plastic pollution in streams. Our funding opportunities are diverse and the successful candidate will conduct a project that includes field and experimental work, as well as modeling. Strong candidates for this position will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in hydrology, environmental science, environmental chemistry, or a related discipline. Previous experience with microplastics pollution research is preferred, but not required. Please email inquiries about this position to Andrew Gray (agray@ucr.edu) with “Microplastics GSR” in the subject line, and include your CV and transcripts (unofficial fine).

More information on the Department of Environmental Sciences graduate program and the formal application process at UCR can be found here: https://envisci.ucr.edu/graduate/prospective-students/admissions-criteria. Please submit your formal application for either of these PhD opportunities by the Dec. 1. 2021 Priority Deadline.

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