Job Opportunity: PhD Research Assistantship, USU

PhD Research Assistantship in “Arctic Hydrology” at Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University (USU), USA

Project Details:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a PhD student to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy. The objective of the project is to 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, laboratory, and numerical models (i.e., process-based hydrologic models) leveraging the power of high‑performance computing 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 is a fully funded position (i.e., Research Assistantship) and will remain open until filled. The student is expected to start in Spring 2024 or Fall 2024.


  • MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other closely related fields (such as hydrology, geoscience, and environmental science) at the time the PhD 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 your research interests/experiences.

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.

About USU:

USU’s 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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