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Graduate Student Research & Teaching Assistantships

The UMass Lowell Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) offers exciting graduate research and teaching assistantships for motivated students.

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The Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers exciting graduate research and teaching assistantships for motivated students for the fall 2022 semester. The following positions are currently open:

Ph.D. Position in Fluvial Geomorphology and Paleoclimatology in the Antarctic Dry Valleys

The McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica are home to a seasonally active hydrologic system. Streams are fed by summer meltwater from local glaciers and snowbanks, and are therefore responsive to changes in summer climatic conditions. This project seeks to investigate the relationship between past meltwater streamflow and regional climate change. The researchers plan to acquire a Holocene to late Pleistocene record of stream activity from active and ancient alluvial fans in the Dry Valleys. The study will include field research in Antarctica, stratigraphic studies, GIS-based analyses of meltwater sources and deposits, and geochemical analyses to determine sediment provenance and weathering. The successful candidate needs to have a bachelor’s degree (earned by summer 2022) in geology, Earth sciences, or environmental sciences.

For further information, please contact Prof. Kate Swanger by email: Kate_Swanger@uml.edu.

Atmospheric and Climate Science

The Climate System Dynamics Group in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is recruiting graduate students interested in atmospheric and climate science for funded M.S. and Ph.D. positions starting in Fall 2022. Motivated students interested in working with large climate data sets and climate models to study wide-ranging earth system topics, including weather extremes and hydrologic changes in modern, future, and paleo climates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a background in Atmospheric Science, Physics,or a related field. Some experience with Python, Matlab, NCL, R, or other programming languages is essential. Interested applicants should email Christopher Skinner at: Christopher_Skinner@uml.edu to learn more about the M.S. and Ph.D. program at UMass Lowell, and to discuss potential research projects. Please include a CV and a brief summary of research interests in your initial email. Examples of past and ongoing research projects can be found on the the Climate System Dynamics Group website.

Hydrogeology

Research opportunities are available in the Hydrogeology Group at UMass Lowell to explore coastal groundwater-surface water interactions in bays, marshes, estuaries, and the coastal ocean. The Hydro Group is engaged in research with collaborators from institutions and federal agencies from across the country. Projects involve field work, numerical modeling, lab experimentation, or a combination of both to study hydrological processes across a range of temporal (wave to climate) and spatial (beach to global) scales to understand human and natural influences on coastal groundwater discharge, and groundwater biogeochemistry.

We are seeking motivated students to begin Fall 2022. If interested, please send an email to Prof. James Heiss at: James_Heiss@uml.edu and include your resume, current academic transcripts, and a short description of your research interests. Students with prior field experience and/or a quantitative or programming background are encouraged to apply. Additional information regarding research in the Hydrogeology Group can be found at https://jamesheiss.com/

Mercury Contamination in Greenland Permafrost Soils

This research includes trace metal laboratory analysis of mercury and other elements, field sampling and sample preparation, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team. For further information, please contact Prof. Daniel Obrist by email: Daniel_Obrist@uml.edu.

Other TA opportunities

Further teaching assistantships opportunities are available in the department on a competitive basis.

If interested in applying for a TA position, please apply to the Graduate program and contact EEAS faculty about your interest in joining their research groups.

About the University and the Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (also known as UMass Lowell) is an urban, public research university in Lowell, Massachusetts, and part of the University of Massachusetts system. With nearly 1,150 faculty members and 18,058 students, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley and the second-largest public institution in the state.

Programs

The Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) offers unique interdisciplinary study programs encompassing Geosciences, Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environmental Chemistry. 

At the graduate level, the department offers an MS and PSM (Professional Science Masters) in Environmental Studies with options in Atmospheric Science and Environmental Geoscience. As of 2021, we also offer a Ph.D. in Earth System Science.

All programs provide a firm base in science and mathematics and a broad understanding of the natural environment. Programs of study prepare students for a variety of careers in research labs, industry, consulting firms and governmental agencies. Graduate School admission policies are found on the Graduate Admissions website. You may further contact the EEAS Graduate Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Richard Gaschnig by email at Richard_Gaschnig@uml.edu.

Research

Our research and teaching engages students in today’s critical environmental challenges including climate change, sustainability, and environmental pollution. EEAS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Sciences, with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Geosciences, and Atmospheric Sciences.