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Ph.D. Assistantship in Climate, Hydrology, and Data Science

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama (US)
Closing date
Jan 7, 2022

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Description: The Climate Analytics Group ( in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University is looking for Ph.D. students interested in climate data science and impact modeling. The perspective student will have the opportunity to conduct research on understanding and predicting of climate indicators, extreme climate events and their impacts on water, food, and ecosystems using data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and process-based modeling approaches combining with emerging climate/earth system data generated by sensors, satellites, numerical simulations, etc. The work will inform decision making, climate adaptations and resilience actions in food and agricultural systems, ecosystems, and water resources, and interact with stakeholders at regional or national scales (e.g., climate prediction center, agricultural community, coastal community, federal emergency management agency). Current research activities in the group are funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCOE).

Qualifications: Applicants must have a MS or BS in a science or engineering field (such as hydrology, meteorology, climate/earth science, environmental science or engineering, agricultural and biological engineering, geography, computer science, statistics, physics, or related fields) at the time the PhD program begins. Deserving candidates should have strong commitment and motivation to study climate/hydrologic issues using statistics, machine learning, process-based models (e.g., climate models, hydrologic models, land surface models) and multi-dimensional data, have experience with at least one programming language (e.g., Python, R, etc.), and possess or demonstrate a potential for excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Application Deadline Date: Position open until filled; application review begins immediately.

Application: If interested, please send an email to Dr. Di Tian ( with personal statement, CV, and unofficial transcripts.  

Contact information: Questions regarding the position may be directed to: Dr. Di Tian, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, 226 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA, Email:


Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2015 semester enrollment was 27,287. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, remaining in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.
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