[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate Student Researchers

Thomas, Brian Frank bfthomas at pitt.edu
Sat Nov 26 14:44:49 MST 2016

We invite exceptional candidates to join the Hydromorphology Lab at the University of Pittsburgh.  Interested candidates shall apply for the PhD positions for the current admissions cycle (applications due January 15, 2017, http://www.geology.pitt.edu/graduate/how-apply) to begin work in the Summer/Fall of 2017.  For both positions, students may be supported by federal and regional funding, fellowships and teaching assistantships.

1.  Urban hydrology: We are initiating a study to assess the processes and properties influencing urban hydrology functioning, with an emphasis on the spatial controls of soil moisture in urban environments.  The work shall involve use of GIS, numerical modeling, field experiments and statistical hydrology applications.  The work is associated with the preliminary test of a Living Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2016/Brian-Thomas-MCSI-Seed-Grant/), thus offering many collaboration opportunities throughout the University.

2.  Groundwater sustainability: Ongoing efforts to evaluate changes in groundwater and watershed storage have identified many “hot spots” of groundwater depletion.  Assessing sustainable use of groundwater from remote sensing data is hindered by the scale at which the data are usable.  Research shall use a combination of existing datasets, models and statistical hydrology approaches to understand system dynamics, controls and processes which lead to observed change in groundwater storage.

Specific information can be found at:

Hydromorphology lab: http://bfthomas.weebly.com
Department of Geology and Environmental Science: http://www.geology.pitt.edu
University of Pittsburgh: http://www.pitt.edu
City of Pittsburgh: http://www.nextpittsburgh.com

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a brief description of research interests to Brian Thomas (bfthomas (at) pitt.edu).

Outstanding candidates may qualify for University of Pittsburgh graduate fellowships (http://www.geology.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-support).



Dr. Brian F. Thomas, P.G.
Geology and Environmental Science
University of Pittsburgh
bfthomas at pitt.edu<mailto:bfthomas at pitt.edu>
+1 (412) 383-7247

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