PhD Position in Quantitative Hydrology

Job Type
Job Rank
PhD student
Job Institution
Utah State University
Job Description

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in groundwater and surface water interactions,  watershed hydro-biogeochemical processes, and process-based hydrologic modeling. The prospective PhD student will have the opportunity to conduct research on the hydrological and biogeochemical processes at the aquatic-terrestrial interface under natural and anthropogenic disturbances. 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 hydrological and biogeochemical processes.  This is a fully-funded position (i.e., RA) and will remain open until filled. The student is expected to start in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023.


  • MS or BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other closely related field (such as hydrology, geoscience, and environmental science) at the time the PhD program begins.
  • Strong quantitative skills and prior experiences in hydrologic modeling, programming (e.g., Python, R, and etc), and/or machine learning are desired.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

If interested, please send an email to Dr. Pin Shuai ( with a personal statement, CV, and unofficial transcripts. More information about the PI can be found here (

USU 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. Additional information about Utah State University ( and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( can be found online. Instructions on how to apply are available at the School of Graduate Studies (

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