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PhD and Ms positions in critical zone sciences/near-surface geophysics - Boise State University

Boise State University Department of Geosciences
Boise, Idaho
Closing date
Jul 29, 2022

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Geochemistry, Hydrology, Near Surface Geophysics
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Student / Graduate
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Two (2) funded graduate research positions (one Ph.D. and one MS) are available at the Department of Geosciences, Boise State University. The research project studies the electrical resistivity and induced polarization of regolith materials in the critical zone developed from granitic bedrocks. The project aims to form a quantitative understanding of the roles of pore water content and chemistry, grain chemical composition (elementary or mineralogical), and microstructures in affecting the electrical properties of granitic regolith. The research will be mainly lab-based; students will need to collect samples in the field, update lab instruments, conduct lab experiments, and analyze experimental data. The acquired knowledge will help earth scientists better characterize the critical zone structure and estimate critical zone properties using geoelectrical methods.

Ideally, students will start in Spring 2023, but a later starting date (i.e., Fall 2023) is also possible. The positions offer a stipend, a tuition waiver, a summer salary, and health insurance. Qualified candidates will have a prior degree in geochemistry, hydrology, or geophysics (or other related disciplines) with a good academic record (>3.4/4.0 GPA). Applicants should be self-motivated and have a solid background in quantitative skills. Previous research experiences in critical zone sciences and near-surface geophysics are not required but will be a plus. A GRE score is not required. A TOEFL score with a minimum of 95 is required for international students with English as a second language. Interested students can contact Dr. Qifei Niu ( for questions or send a CV/resume.

Information on the application process can be found at The department of Geosciences at Boise State University has nationally recognized graduate programs in Earth Sciences, including MS in hydrologic sciences, geophysics, and geosciences and PhD in geoscience and geophysics. More information on the Department of Geosciences can be found at

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