Ph.D. student assistantship in Hydroclimate Extremes and Impacts

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama (US)
Competitive stipend + tuition waiver
Closing date
Jun 18, 2023

Job Details

The Hydroclimate Research Group at Auburn University is looking for a fully funded Ph.D. student interested in improving understanding, observation, and prediction of hydroclimate processes (precipitation, evaporation, and soil moisture), extremes (drought, heatwave, and extreme precipitation), and impact risks using data science, machine learning, and physical modeling approaches. The student will have the opportunity to work on one or more of the following topics: 1) advance sub-seasonal hydroclimate forecasts by detecting new sources of predictability and developing data-driven approaches, 2) develop improved hydroclimate observations using multi-source data fusion and deep learning, and 3) understand uncertainty in projections of hydroclimate extremes and impact risks using climate model large ensembles. The expected start dates are Spring semester of 2024. More information about the lab: 

Applicants must have a MS or BS in a science or engineering field at the time the PhD program begins. Deserving candidates should have a strong motivation to study climate/hydrologic issues using data science, machine learning, physical models, and multi-dimensional data, preferably have experience with one computing language (such as Python, R, or MATLAB), and possess or demonstrate a potential for excellent written and verbal communication skills.

If interested, please send an email to Dr. Di Tian ( with the personal statement, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references. Formal application will be made via Auburn University’s graduate school ( The students can choose to pursue Earth System Science, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science, or Biosystems Engineering Ph.D. Program.  

Auburn University is a land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. The campus is located in the city of Auburn, which is a beautiful university town ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top ten list of the best places to live in the United States for the year 2009.


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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