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PhD student research assistantship

PhD student research assistantship

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Utah State University


Logan, UT, United States


Relevant divisions
Geomorphology (GM)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

3 October 2018

Job description

The Water – Ecosystem – Terrain (WET) Lab at Utah State University is actively seeking PhD students to begin Fall 2019. Our lab works at the intersection of physical hydrology, river science, and water resources engineering, with an emphasis on improving fundamental understanding and mindful management of western river systems at multiple scales. For more information on the WET Lab visit

Research areas for potential student projects include: investigating multi-scale topographic and streamflow controls on floodplain functioning to inform floodplain restoration efforts; incorporating ecological uncertainty into water management decision-making; evaluating the utility of synthetic terrain generation for ecohydraulic analysis; multi-objective optimization of coupled human – natural river systems.
Candidates must have a MS in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Quantitative Ecology or related fields. Experience with geospatial analysis and programming (such as Python, R, MATLAB) are required. Excellent data management, writing, and interpersonal skills are preferred. The successful candidate will interact with diverse researchers and stakeholders in interdisciplinary team settings.

The WET Lab is housed in the Utah Water Research Laboratory <> in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering <> at Utah State University. USU is a highly collaborative community and a true research hub for water and river science <>. Great facilities, equipment, and a wealth of expertise are available. Set in Northern Utah, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the surrounding region. USU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

How to apply

The departmental application deadline is March 15, 2019. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Belize Lane by e-mail at belize.lane ‘at’ before the application deadline with a current CV and academic transcripts, as well as information on research experience and interests.