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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 research drawing from diverse disciplines, scales, scopes, and methods.

Students are invited to propose original research projects to work on with Dr. Moffett or to apply for specific positions in the group, if available.

Specific Open Positions:  Priority Application Deadline: Jan 10.

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

  • Graduate Assistantship in Urban Ecohydrology Research:
    • Graduate assistantships are available in urban ecohydrology at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, for a student motivated to earn a PhD (with prior MS) or an intense research-based MS, beginning Fall 2019.  Likely research themes include, but are not limited to: the urban water cycle, its relations to the urban heat island and climate, connections with urban vegetation, plant and tree and human drought and stormwater tolerance, green infrastructure, and outdoor environmental science education. Specific thesis/dissertation foci will be determined collaboratively by the student and supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett.  Required minimum preparation: college-level calculus, physics, biology and at least some time spent at an English-speaking institution of higher education. The ideal applicant will likely have a background in engineering, physical science, hydrology and/or geography, plant physiology, micrometeorology, or science education. Desired strong physical science and mathematics or engineering background, familiarity with hydrology, strong communication skills with formal report or manuscript writing experience, and independent research experience. Additional skills desired but not required include: programming; remote sensing image analysis; advanced GIS; hydrology, heat-transfer, or atmospheric numerical modeling; plant physiology/ecophysiology; experience or interest in science education.  Enrollment anticipated in August 2019 in a WSU School of the Environment graduate degree program. Funding of graduate tuition, stipend, and benefits will be supported for sufficient time to complete the degree. Enrollment will be on the Vancouver campus among the extremely productive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative natural science research cluster. Additional position(s) may be available on this theme in subsequent years. Vancouver, WA is a fantastic city located in southwestern Washington State, USA, between the coast and the Cascades Mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. Washington State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Persons of minority ethnicities, cultures, genders, disability status, and unique skills are encouraged to apply.  Send statements of interest as soon as possible to and attach a CV including GPA and GRE scores (if available).  Complete applications are due at the beginning of January 2019; see
  • Graduate Assistantship in Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Research:
    • We are seeking a motivated student to pursue a Ph.D. beginning Fall 2019 (although exceptional M.S. applicants will also be considered) at Washington State University, Vancouver, as part of a university-funded effort to support research on urban stormwater and green infrastructure ( RA funding is available for this position. The successful applicant will be expected to take on a research project focused on improving understanding of urban stormwater and green infrastructure systems. Possibilities for research foci include: the hydrology and/or biogeochemistry of urban runoff, infiltration, or plant water use, linking urban stormwater dynamics to climate change and extreme weather events, or understanding landscape scale potential for green infrastructure to improve water quality, among others. WSU has unique facilities for studying urban stormwater dynamics, including access to the Washington State Stormwater Research Center located on the WSU Puyallup campus. There are several potential mentors at WSU Vancouver; for more information see our faculty website: If interested, please inquire immediately by emailing (cc all 3):;;, and attach CV including GPA and GRE scores (if available).
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.
  • 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.

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity employer; minorities and women are encouraged to apply.