Graduate Research Assistant in Hydrology

The Watershed Hydrology Laboratory (WatHydroLab) has an opening to hire two outstanding MS and/or PhD students.

The research program at the WatHydroLab addresses tropical hydrology using a combination of experimental, theoretical and numerical modeling across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.

Potential students will be majoring in one of the following departments/programs* Civil and Environmental Engineering; Geology and Geophysics; Biological Engineering; or Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Research Topics : The research topic for the assistantship is flexible, but must address one of the main research areas of the WatHydroLab :

  1. Understanding the nature of hydrologic variability and change under a changing climate and land cover/land use, in vulnerable ecosystems
  2. Water, energy, carbon and nitrogen balance: field monitoring and modeling using GIS and Remote Sensing techniques and water resources management
  3. Evaluate the performance of hydrological models for operational flood forecasting, i.e., SAC-SMA and HL-RDHM
  4. Studying the impact of land based management practices on surface water and coastal areas based on extensive field experiments and numerical watershed models, e.g., DHSVM, AnnAGNPS; and
  5. Evaluating and improving environmental monitoring sensors.

Graduate Research Assistant in Hydrology Eligibility

BS or MS (in hydrology) in Civil Engineering, Geology, Biological Engineering, Soil and Water Science or related field; strong numerical modeling and/or computing capabilities; course background in programming languages (i.e., C++, VBasic, Java, ArcObject); experience in using hydrological models (i.e., DHSHVM, AnnAGNPS, MODFLOW, Hydrus2D/3D) excellent quantitative background; excellent skills in spatial-temporal data analysis (GIS & GPS); ability to articulate research objectives and hypotheses; good writing and report preparation skills; ability to work as part of a team; field and laboratory experience; and a valid driver license.

Financial Support and Duration :

Financial support includes :

  • A stipend varying between 18,000 and 25,000 per year depending on qualifications and degree sought (MS or PhD)
  • Out of state tuition waiver (valued at over $19,000/years ), and
  • Full health insurance (medical, dental and vision).

The position will begin January 2011 and is guaranteed for one year, with a possibility of renewal for additional years pending satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds.

Graduate Research Assistant in Hydrology Application form

  1. A detailed CV
  2. A brief statement describing your credentials to meet the position qualification based on your academic skills and professional experience; and
  3. A minimum of three recommendation letters to the following address :

Dr. Ali Fares,
Watershed Hydrology Laboratory,
University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1910,
East-West Road,
Honolulu, HI – 96822,
Inquiries : Dr. Ali Fares,
Phone : 808-956-6361,
Email : AFares@Hawaii.edu.

Graduate Research Assistant in Hydrology Application Dates

  • Continuous recruitment; review of applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled.

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