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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.

The WSUV campus is strongly investing in ever-improving the campus experience and academic attainment of all its students. It is currently actively working to improve the faculty and graduate student reflection of its growing Latinex, Black, and Native American undergraduate populations. Dr. Moffett is personally engaging in campus and departmental work toward enhanced equity and inclusion and invites students identifying with historically minoritized groups to inquire about or apply to this research group without hesitation.

Specific Open Positions:

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

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Global Environmental Change and/or Urban Ecohydrology:
    • A postdoctoral researcher position is available at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, in Global Environmental Change, Urban Ecohydrology, or a related field such as Urban Environmental Biophysics/Ecophysiology, Urban Environmental Modeling, Remote Sensing Data Analytics, or Socio-environmental Sustainability and Equity.
      • Specific research foci will be led by the postdoctoral researcher, in consultation with the supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett. Possible research themes include, but are not limited to: urban water-heat relations, urban forest ecohydrology, vulnerability and adaptation to extreme hydroclimate events across diverse social norms and climate zones, remote sensing data-mining, or the basic natural science needed to support environmental justice.
        Required preparation: PhD or EdD in a relevant field by time of position start. Technical writing experience and at least some time at an English-speaking institution of research or higher education. Desired data analysis and numerical modeling experience, research creativity, and enthusiasm to practice research management, writing, and leadership skills.
      • Flexible start date, from immediate start in Fall 2019 to start in Winter/Spring 2020. Competitive 12-month salary and benefits funded by 100% research appointment. Anticipated duration 2 years. Computing needs and additional funds available to support the chosen research and its necessary expenses. Teaching not required as part of position (but can be arranged if desired). Office will be at the R1/Tier 1 Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) campus among the extremely productive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative Natural Sciences and Mathematics research cluster. Home residence may be chosen in or near Vancouver, Washington or Portland, Oregon.
      • Please apply as soon as possible by emailing kevan.moffett@wsu.edu: (1) a letter describing your interests and experiences relevant to the position (maximum 3 pages single-spaced), (2) current CV, (3) contact information for three professional references. Priority application deadline extended to December 1, 2019 for immediate review toward possible hire, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Graduate Research Assistantship in Global Environmental Change and/or Urban Ecohydrology:
    • A fully funded graduate assistantship is available at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, in Urban Ecohydrology or related topics of Global Environmental Change, Urban Environmental Biophysics/Ecophysiology, Urban Environmental Modeling, Remote Sensing Data Analytics, or Socio-environmental Sustainability and Equity.
      • Possible research themes include, but are not limited to: relations between the water cycle and the urban heat island, ecohydrology of the urban forest, vulnerability and resilience to extreme hydroclimate events such as drought and flood, green infrastructure, climate adaptation across diverse social norms and climate zones, remote sensing data-mining, outdoor environmental science education, and the basic natural science needed to support environmental justice. Specific thesis/dissertation foci will be determined collaboratively by the student and supervisor, Dr. Kevan Moffett.
      • Required preparation: Strong motivation to complete deep research toward a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences or a thesis-based MS in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Sciences, or Geology. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. College-level calculus, physics, biology background and at least some time at an English-speaking institution of research or higher education.
      • Enrollment anticipated in August 2020 (January 2020 also potentially possible). Full funding of tuition, stipend, and benefits will be provided 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, in or near Vancouver, WA, a fantastic city located in SW Washington, between the coast and the Cascades mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. See also: https://cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/science-graduate-programs.
      • Please send an email of inquiry/interest as soon as possible to kevan.moffett@wsu.edu and please attach a CV/resume that includes GPA and GRE scores, if possible.  Complete applications are due by January 10, 2020 for priority review toward potential admission, but late applications will be accepted through winter and spring until the position is filled.
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 (rollboll@vancouver.wsu.edu) 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.