Graduate student

Friday, June 3, 2022
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Temple University
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PhD (Geosciences) at Temple University (Fall 2022)

We have an additional graduate student opening (PhD) for studying sustainable engineering solutions to lower the environmental and economic cost of solar energy development by providing novel analysis methodologies and field data on solar energy – agriculture/range colocation approaches from multiple sites. This NSF-funded project will investigate the synergies and tradeoffs of co-locating solar PV with carefully selected agricultural crops or activities, using a combination of a comprehensive life cycle analysis models and field experiments. Further, the project will evaluate the economic feasibility of colocated systems at different scales and the potential for improving rural livelihoods.

The student will be advised by Sujith Ravi (Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, Temple University, PA Learn more about our work on colocation of solar energy and agriculture: Ravi et al 201220142016, Choi et al, 20202021, Bertel et al 2021, Towner et al 2021.

Master’s degree in geology, hydrology/water resources, or environmental engineering is preferred. The graduate student will be fully funded by research and/or teaching assistantships. Experience or interest in quantitative data analysis, sensor networks, science education/outreach activities is preferred.

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university located in Philadelphia, PA. Temple University is a dynamic urban university with around 40,000 students and provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. Temple is classified as a university with the highest research activity (R1) and is ranked by the National Science Foundation as among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures.