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PhD Position in hydrology/earth science

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The Gardner Hydrology Lab in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking applicants for 1-2 PhD assistantships broadly interested in river hydrology, geomorphology, and/or aquatic ecology. We are specifically looking for applicants interested in:

  • Global patterns and drivers of suspended sediment in rivers using satellite remote sensing.

  • Satellite remote sensing of water quality in rivers, lakes, and estuaries.


Other potential projects may include:

  • Sediment delivery through tidal rivers, estuaries, and deltas.

  • Disappearing and appearing lakes.

  • Other topics broadly focused on human impacts on water quality.



Bachelor's (and/or Master’s degree) in one of the following fields: environmental science, geology, hydrology, remote sensing, computer science, engineering, physical geography, limnology, physics, or related fields.



  • Master’s degree highly encouraged, but not required.

  • Experience in the basics of geospatial data and computer programming (using R, python, Matlab, and/or Google Earth Engine etc.).

  • Strong interest in learning new skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team.


To apply: Please email Dr. John Gardner at by November 25, 2020 with the email subject:PhD Opportunity and the following as 1 combined pdf attachment:

  • Brief cover letter (~ ½ page) describing your career goals, research interests, and research experience.

  • Resume/CV including contact information for 3 professional references.


Official applications: Competitive applications will be asked to submit an official application to the University of Pittsburgh due January 15, 2021. See our department website for more information about application materials and requirements. GRE tests are NOT required!


Funding: Students will be supported (stipend, health insurance, and tuition) by a variety of sources (teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and potentially internal fellowships for eligible candidates).


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. We strongly encourage members of minoritized and under-represented groups in academia to apply. The Gardner Hydrology Lab supports a diverse and inclusive culture.


Pittsburgh has strong research programs and is a center for machine learning, technology, and the arts with the combined efforts of the University Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Carnegie Museums. Pittsburgh was recently named “American’s Most Livable City” by the Places Rated Almanac, boasts a low cost of living, a stunning cityscape and parks, and is home to a number of world-class museums, a thriving arts and food scene. The city is also located within a short drive of multiple parks in the rolling hills and forests of the Great Lakes, Laurel Highlands and Allegheny Mountains.