Employer: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Application deadline: October 10, 2021
A Ph.D. graduate assistantship (GA) is available at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to study water quality from space. Specifically, applicant will extract water quality data (e.g., temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll-a) from publicly available remote sensing images (e.g., Landsat, MODIS, ECOSTRESS) and use it along with other datasets to generate oyster growth suitability index maps for Texas’ embayment systems. This position is supported by a research project funded by the Texas General Land Office (TGLO). Anticipated tasks include, but are not limited to, extracting water quality data from remote sensing images, calibrate the extracted data against the recorded water quality observations, automating the process, analyzing, publishing, and presenting project results, and accomplishing a hypothesis-driven dissertation. Ideal applicant will have a strong background in aquatic remote sensing, marine biology, or related field, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills, programming skills (e.g., python, MATLAB, etc.), and motivation for conducting an interdisciplinary research.
The applicant will primarily work with Dr. Mohamed Ahmed (Geophysics Lab; https://ahmedlab.tamucc.edu/) and will enroll in the Coastal and Marine System Science (CMSS) Graduate Program, which is housed in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The CMSS program is a young and vibrant program that equips students of interdisciplinary background with math and statistics skills and encourages them to address system science-related problems. Detailed information about the CMSS program and how to apply can be found at http://cmss.tamucc.edu. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and is located on the coast of Corpus Christi Bay in the subtropical south Texas.
Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until Oct. 10th, 2021 (application deadline). Women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please email the following documents to [email protected] in a single PDF file. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed:
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Transcripts (unofficial is OK; it should show a list of undergraduate and graduate courses along with GPA),
- GRE scores,
- TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants),
- A statement describing your interests and fit for this opportunity (500 words), and
- Contact information for three references.