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PhD/Post-Doc research assistantship in arctic hydrology

Utah Water Research Laboratory
Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Monthly stipend and full tuition support
Closing date
Dec 31, 2023

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Geochemistry, Hydrology
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Student / Graduate
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Relocation Cost
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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a PhD student or post-doc to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy. This project will study permafrost hydrological and biogeochemical processes in cold-region watersheds by advancing the state-of-the-art numerical models. The student will apply a model-data integrative approach that combines field data collection and numerical models (i.e., process-based hydrologic models), leveraging the power of high‑performance computing. The project aims to improve understanding of the permafrost flow and reactive transport processes across the hillslope-riparian zone and through river systems. The student will have the opportunity to conduct field work in Alaska and collaborate with researchers from the University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, and Oakridge National Laboratory. This fully funded position (i.e., Research Assistantship) will remain open until filled. The student is expected to start in Fall 2024.


  • MS/PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other closely related fields (such as hydrology, geoscience, and environmental science) at the time the program begins.
  • Strong quantitative skills and prior experience 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. Bethany Neilson ( and Dr. Pin Shuai ( with your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a 1-page research statement that briefly discusses how your background aligns with the research project. 

Email a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a 1-page research statement that briefly discusses how your background aligns with the research project as soon as possible to the faculty contacts.

Appy for admission through the USU graduate school: 

Instructions on how to apply to USU are available at the School of Graduate Studies ( An English Proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) may be required for international students. Application fees may be waived for highly qualified applicants. Find out more about USU at and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at

About USU

USU's main campus is located in Logan, Utah, a city situated in a picturesque valley that 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, monumnets, and conservation areas. The Logan metropolitan area has been named the second-best performing small city in the United States by the 2021 Milken Intstitute Analysis.

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

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