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Doctoral Research Assistantship - Advanced Hydrologic Information Systems

Utah State University Utah Water Research Laboratory
Logan, Utah, USA
Monthly stipend, paid tuition and fees, and health insurance
Closing date
Oct 27, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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No Relocation
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A doctoral research assistantship is available starting Spring 2023 for a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University in support of the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH). This position will focus on developing next-generation Hydrologic Information Systems that better enable the day-to-day data collection and management activities associated with operating continuous hydrology and water quality monitoring sites along with sharing data using standards-based web service interfaces and data encodings.

Specific areas of study for this position may include the following topics related to environmental sensor data:

  • Development of efficient systems for interfacing with sensors and data logging systems
  • Data models and efficient storage technologies for data management
  • Implementation of standards-based web service interfaces and data encodings for sharing data
  • Manual and automated quality control of environmental sensor data
  • Interfacing with the HydroShare repository for data archival
  • Data visualization and analysis tools

This assistantship includes a monthly stipend and fully paid tuition and fees and will be awarded through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Utah Water Research Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Horsburgh. Applicants must apply for admission through the USU graduate school Prospective students should have a background in engineering, hydrology, water resources, computer science, or a closely related field. Priority will be given to candidates with experience or strong interest in computer programming; data collection using hydrologic and water quality sensors and data logging technologies; and/or cyberinfrastructure development. For more information on the application process, contact Dr. Jeff Horsburgh at In addition to the graduate school application procedure, interested students should email a current curriculum vitae and one page statement of research interests to as soon as possible.

Utah State University is Utah’s flagship of higher education and research in the areas of water, natural resources, and the environment. In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Both USU and the Utah Water Research Laboratory are situated in Logan, Utah in the heart of scenic Cache Valley, approximately 80 miles north of Salt Lake City and known for world class skiing, hiking, cycling, and other year-round outdoor activities.


The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) is a stand-alone facility located at Utah State University (USU) on the Logan River, Logan, Utah. The UWRL( operates within an academic environment and collaborates with government and private sectors to address technical and societal aspects of water-related issues, including quality, quantity, distribution, and conjunctive use. This is accomplished through providing more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory, computer, and office space.
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