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PhD Position in Quantitative Hydrology

Utah State University (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Logan, Utah
Up to $30,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Nov 4, 2022

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in groundwater and surface water interactions,  watershed hydro-biogeochemical processes, and process-based hydrologic modeling. The prospective PhD student will have the opportunity to conduct research on the hydrological and biogeochemical processes at the aquatic-terrestrial interface under natural and anthropogenic disturbances. The student will apply a model-data integrative approach that combines field, laboratory, and numerical models (i.e., process-based hydrologic models) leveraging the power of high‑performance computing to improve understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical processes.  This is a fully-funded position (i.e., RA) and will remain open until filled. The student is expected to start in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.


  • MS or BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other closely related field (such as hydrology, geoscience, and environmental science) at the time the PhD program begins.
  • Strong quantitative skills and prior experiences in hydrologic modeling, programming (e.g., Python, R, and etc), and/or machine learning are desired.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

If interested, please send an email to Dr. Pin Shuai ( with a personal statement, CV, and unofficial transcripts. More information about the PI can be found here (

USU main campus is located in Logan, Utah, a city situated in a picturesque valley which offers numerous year-round outdoor activities including local ski resorts, biking, and hiking trails. Logan is just a short drive to Salt Lake City, as well as many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation Areas. The Logan metropolitan area has been named the second-best performing small city in the United States by the 2021 Milken Institute Analysis. Additional information about Utah State University ( and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( can be found online. Instructions on how to apply are available at the School of Graduate Studies (

USU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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