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 2024 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 2024 and spring of 2025. 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 2024, 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.


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 2024. 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 James Heiss's website.

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 or UML) 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, Professor Mathew Barlow 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.