Ph.D. Student Opportunity (Hydroclimatology)

IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering ( and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa ( seek a highly motivated Ph.D. student to join Dr. Gabriele Villarini's research group ( The research will fall within the broad topic of hydroclimatology. Potential topics include understanding and modeling of the major drivers (e.g., hurricanes, atmospheric rivers) responsible for flooding, and the prediction and projection of climate extremes. I am also open to other related research topics.

The student will receive a competitive salary and will receive full tuition support. Women and individuals representing underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected student will be part of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering. After graduation, the student will have the distinction of being an alumnus of one of the oldest and most prestigious hydraulics laboratories in the world. Additionally, the student will be part of the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), the nation's first academic center devoted to the study of floods.

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa, which has consistently been ranked one of the best college towns in America. It is a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities and a long history of international connections, leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly quality of life for which the Midwest is known.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a degree in an engineering field, atmospheric or climate-related science, geography, math, physics or statistics. Individuals with good knowledge of computer programming (in particular R and Python) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested? Apply online ( and/or email me at and include the following material:

  1. Cover letter discussing research interests and relevant experience/background
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial transcripts

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

posted: 06 January 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.