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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
Dec 29, 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., Research Assistantship) and will remain open until filled. The student is expected to start in Fall 2023.


  • MS or BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other closely related fields (such as hydrology, geoscience, and environmental science) at the time the Ph.D. program begins.
  • Strong quantitative skills and prior experiences in hydrologic modeling (e.g., process-based models) and programming (e.g., Python, R, etc) are preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

If interested, please send an email to Dr. Pin Shuai ( with a personal statement, CV, and unofficial transcripts (incomplete application will not be reviewed!). More information about the PI can be found here (

Instructions on how to apply are available at the School of Graduate Studies ( Specifically, the GRE test is required for all applicants, though there is no minimum score requirement. An English Proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) may be required for international students. Additional information about Utah State University ( and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( can be found online.

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.

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

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