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Moffett Research Lab Open Positions: Hiring

Student Opportunities

The Moffett research group is at Washington State University Vancouver, in southwest Washington state, just north of the Portland, Oregon metro area.

Our interdisciplinary research draws group members from a variety of backgrounds including Hydrology and Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Geology and other Earth Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biology/Ecology, and Geography. A strong quantitative science background is expected. We conduct high-impact science research drawing from diverse disciplines, scales, scopes, and methods.

Specific Open Positions:

Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

  • For August 2021 start: Graduate Research Assistantship(s) in:
    • Funded graduate assistantship(s) are available at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA in:
      • Urban Ecohydrology and Biophysics or related topics of Urban Environmental Modeling, Remote Sensing Data Analytics, Urban Climatology, Urban-Rural Land Cover Change, Ecophysiology.
      • Post-fire Ecohydrology and Landscape Change or related topics of fire-soil alteration, forest regrowth or ecosystem transitions, hydro-geomorphology and mass wasting, water quality, compound fire-climate extremes and hazards.

Specific thesis/dissertation foci will be determined collaboratively by the students and the primary supervisor, Dr. Kevan Moffett.

  • Please send an email of inquiry/interest as soon as possible to and please attach a CV/resume and unofficial transcript. Complete applications are due by January 10 for priority review toward August/Fall admission, but late applications may be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Required preparation: BS or MS in a relevant science-math-engineering field, prior college-level calculus (or higher), physics, biology or chemistry, and some time at an English-speaking institution of research or higher education.
  • Desired: experience with numerical modeling, spatial analysis, and/or code-based large-data set analysis; prior academic, research, or extracurricular experience showing self-motivation and somewhat independent project management; deep curiosity and scientific creativity; resilience.
  • Enrollment anticipated in August 2021 in a PhD or thesis-based MS in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Full funding of tuition, stipend, and benefits will be guaranteed for sufficient time to complete the degree. Enrollment will be on the R1 Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) campus among the extremely productive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative natural science research cluster. Students will take up residence in Washington State near Vancouver, WA, a fantastic city located in Southwest Washington, between the coast and the Cascades mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. See also WSUV Science Graduate Programs.

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine as a top college for diversity, WSUV commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. A part of the Portland, Oregon metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of social justice, cultural and recreational interests. WSUV’s strategic plan includes a commitment to equity and a goal to increase the success of historically minoritized students. We highly encourage scholars from underrepresented populations to apply and offer fellowship opportunities for students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander and women in STEM. We also encourage students of diverse physical and mental abilities, genders, and orientations to apply. Dr. Moffett is personally engaged in campus, research, and departmental work toward enhanced equity and inclusion and invites students identifying with historically minoritized groups to apply to this position without hesitation. The application fee can be waived given demonstrated need. WSUV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with diverse physical and mental abilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and individuals who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our strategic goal of creating an equitable and inclusive community.

In addition to fostering top-tier scientific productivity, providing quality mentoring and supporting each individual’s career and life success are foremost priorities for Dr. Moffett as a research advisor.

General Positions:
  • Postdoctoral researchers with outside funding or interested in writing an application for outside funding with Dr. Moffett as supervisor are encouraged to contact Dr. Moffett at any time with a specific statement about the proposed research topic and the potential source of funding.
  • Graduate students
    • Degrees available under the advisement of Dr. Moffett are:
    • Applicants for PhD or MS study beginning next fall are encouraged to contact Dr. Moffett after reading the above prospective_students webpage, then to apply by early January to the Washington State University graduate program.
    • Full application instructions for graduate study are here.
    • Students at other institutions interested in collaboration or seeking an outside committee member or co-adviser are encouraged to contact Dr. Moffett at any time.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled at Washington State University Vancouver and seeking research experience are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Moffett about possible ways to participate. Opportunities may be available to work in the research group for experience, course credit, or wages at Washington State University Vancouver.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled at WSUV or other institutions who have their own summer housing in the Portland/Vancouver area may inquire with Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens ( about the NSF-funded WSUV REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) paid summer research internship program.