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 2023 semester. The following positions are currently open:

Ph.D. and M.A. Position in Terrestrial biogeochemistry, Urban Ecology, and Sustainability

The Terrestrial Biogeochemistry lab in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell is recruiting graduate students for the fall of 2023 and spring of 2024. Research projects are available for those interested in studying how human perturbations (specifically, climate change and urbanization) impact the movement of carbon, nutrients, and water in terrestrial ecosystems. Research projects will include field work, laboratory analyses, and/or modeling work. By fall 2023, applicants should have a BA or BS degree in environmental sciences, earth sciences, biology, or related field.

Interested applicants should email Prof. Joy Winbourne by email: to learn more about the graduate programs at UMass Lowell, and to discuss potential research projects. In your initial email please include a brief summary of your research interests, experiences, and career goals, along with a CV (including relevant coursework). Use the subject “Available Ph.D. Position” in your email.

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 2023) in geology, Earth sciences, or environmental sciences.

For further information, please contact Prof. Kate Swanger by email:

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 2023. 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: 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.


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 2023. If interested, please send an email to Prof. James Heiss at: 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

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.


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


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.