Degree Programs

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Two fellowships will support geophysical research on the mechanical and hydrological properties of unconsolidated sediments. Students will conduct laboratory and field-based research to improve understanding of how physical properties controlling soil strength and compaction can be non-invasively determined from electrical geophysical measurements. The work will combine experimentation and modeling to better understand how changes in the pore geometry of porous media control the electrical properties of soils. Opportunities will exist to transfer the laboratory research to the field-scale where the objective is remote assessment of soil mechanical properties from geophysical measurement systems. Recent graduates in relevant areas of earth sciences (e.g., geophysics, geology), or a related discipline (e.g. environmental engineering), are encouraged to apply. The fellowships are supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Army-Material Command aimed at increasing the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) important to the Department of Defense mission. The graduate student fellowships (PhD, MS) are for $31,200/year with full tuition/benefits. A research expenses allowance is also provided to each student, along with an opportunity to perform at summer internship at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). Exceptional postdoctoral candidates may qualify for a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship supported by these funds (salary consistent with postdoctoral fellowships at Rutgers University). For more information, please contact Lee Slater, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University Newark (

University of Wyoming: Ph.D. assistantships in Hydrology/Geophysics.

Two 3-year Ph.D. assistantships in hydrology/geophysics are available at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The students will combine hydrological and geophysical field observations with numerical modeling to study snowmelt-driven streamflow generation at the hillslope and small-watershed scales as part of an NSF-funded project titled “Subsurface Structure and Flow Regime for Rocky Mountain Hillslopes with Different Geologies.” Applicants with a background in hydrology, geology, geophysics, civil engineering, or related fields are encouraged to apply. The intended starting date is September 2018 or January 2019. A stipend for the 9-month academic year, an additional summer stipend, tuition and fee reduction, and health insurance are provided. To apply, email a statement of research interest, resume, GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to t​ and For more information, contact Thijs Kelleners, professor of soil physics, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, at 1-307-766-4279, or Andrew Parsekian, assistant professor of hydrogeophysics, Department of Geology and Geophysics, at 1-307-223-1197.