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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. 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.

Specific Open Positions:

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

  • For August 2021: Graduate Research Assistantship in Global Environmental Change and/or Urban Ecohydrology:
    • A PhD 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.  Exceptional candidates interested in MS only will also be considered.
      • 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. 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 2021. Full funding of tuition, stipend, and benefits will be provided for sufficient time to complete the degree. Enrollment will be on the 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:
      • Please send an email of inquiry/interest IN FALL 2020 to kevan.moffett _*at* and please attach a CV/resume and explain in your email why you are interested in attending graduate school and doing research with this lab.  Complete applications are due by January 10, annual, for priority review toward potential admission in the following fall, but early and late applications can be accepted 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 ( 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.