UWRL Employment & Research Opportunities

Explore current opportunities at the Utah Water Research Laboratory below. Join us as we conduct collaborative water and environmental research in Utah and throughout the world. 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships / Graduate Research Assistantships


Graduate Research Assistantship in Environmental Engineering

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The Moor group at the Utah Water Research Laboratory is seeking applicants for a graduate research assistant position in the areas of environmental chemistry and the photochemical fate of organic contaminants. Students will have the opportunity to use laser techniques to elucidate photo-transformation pathways and kinetics. The anticipated start date is summer or fall semester 2024.

Qualifications:

The position is available to students interested in pursuing master’s degrees in environmental engineering. Applicants are sought with backgrounds in environmental engineering, environmental science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or other related fields. Candidates with research experience in photochemistry, with lasers, or with spectroscopy in general are especially encouraged to apply.

Application:

Qualified applicants should send their current CV and unofficial transcript to Prof. Kyle Moor at kyle.moor@usu.edu. Please include a brief statement of interest.

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. Additional information about USU and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Post-Doctoral Position in Hydroinformatics

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The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (USU) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to advance cyberinfrastructure that supports large scale, reproducible hydrologic modeling. The selected applicant will work under the guidance of Dr. David Tarboton as part of a team of faculty, researchers, students and software engineers to advance the functionality of HydroShare and linked computing platforms for collaborative modeling as part of the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH) and Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrated Discovery Environment (I-GUIDE). Applicants should have experience in hydrologic modeling and an interest in advancing modeling methodology and data and information systems supporting hydrologic modeling to improve collaboration around and reproducibility of modeling results. The positions requires a commitment to applying FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) Data Principles and addressing the challenges associated with applying these principles in large scale modeling. This is intended to as a two-year position, with renewal for in the second year contingent on performance and funding. Open until filled

Qualifications:

Minimum:
  • PhD in a scientific field that involves Hydrology or Water Resources Modeling.
  • Proficiency in research computer programming with competence in at least one research software programming language. 
  • Experience in the development and use of hydrologic model codes.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
Preferred:
  • Strong publication record.
  • Experience with the sharing and publication of data and models.
  • Experience with computational notebooks. 
  • Experience with cloud storage and computation technologies.
  • Some experience with newer and older languages used in hydrologic model development (e.g., Python, R, C/C++, Fortran).
  • Experience with reproducible science and modeling workflows.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop hydrologic modeling use cases to address large scale questions related to flood prediction, inundation mapping, and water availability.
  • Apply the modeling use cases to improve computational approaches implemented in community collaboration platforms (e.g., HydroShare, JupyterHub) in support of collaborative, reproducible hydrologic modeling.
  • Explore approaches for publishing models and results where the datasets are large.
  • Advance available cyberinfrastructure for supporting modeling and sharing of model forcing data and results

Application:

Interested candidates may apply at https://www.usu.edu/hr/jobs/ 

For further information, contact David Tarboton


PhD/Post-Doc Position in Arctic Hydrology

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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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Application:

If interested, please send an email to Dr. Bethany Neilson (bethany.neilson@usu.edu) and Dr. Pin Shuai (pin.shuai@usu.edu) with your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a 1-page research statement that briefly discusses how your background aligns with the research project. Read more about the PIs.

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 and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/.

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.


Graduate Research Assistantships – Irrigation

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The Irrigation group at the Utah Water Research Laboratory is seeking applicants for a graduate research assistant position in the areas of ground and aerial sensor real-time analytics, advanced drone avionics and sensing, and edge and high-performance computing. Students will have the opportunity to be engaged in exciting, cutting-edge research and applications in agriculture, natural systems and urban environments.

Specific study topics:

Qualifications:

Positions vary, so contact the appropriate faculty contact to discuss your specific qualifications. We encourage experience in programming, GIS, crop production and water balance. 

Application:

Applicants should contact the appropriate faculty to discuss your qualifications. Please include a brief statement of interest.

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. Additional information about USU and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.