PhD in Water, Climate and Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Mansfield, CT, USA 🇺🇸


I am looking for 1-2 motivated Ph.D. students to join our group at UConn starting in Fall 2024.

If you are interested in water, climate and artificial intelligence (AI) in general, particularly in any of the following areas:

1) Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for decision making in water systems

2) Integrating in-situ and geophysical datasets for hydrogeology

3) Understanding climate disturbances impacts on water quality and quantity

4) Advanced hydrologic modeling: flow or reactive transport modeling

please feel free to reach out to me directly: AT, with your up-to-date CV and your research interest/plan. Preliminary contact is preferred before the application deadline (January 10th, 2024) so that we can learn if there is a good fit. Detailed information about the UConn Earth Sciences graduate program can be found here.

Desired qualifications

  • M.S. or B.S. degrees in earth sciences, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental science, geology, geophysics, environmental engineering, climate science, data science, or other related fields.
  • Experience in scientific programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, Julia).
  • Experience in machine learning, hydrologic modeling (e.g., MODFLOW, ATS-Amanzi, ParFlow), Bayesian statistics (e.g., Bayes’ Rule, Markov chain Monte Carlo), geostatistics, or field work in geophysics/hydrology is highly desirable.

However, technical skills and publications are not required to join the group as graduate students. Curiosity, communication and perseverance are the keys to success.

How to Apply

Graduate students in UConn Earth Sciences will receive funding through research and teaching assistantships. To be considered for full funding for admission in Fall 2024, please apply through the UConn Graduate School Website by clicking Apply Now before January 10th, 2024. Students will receive continuous stipend support starting at ~$27,000 per 9-months with the possibility of additional summer funding. Admission also includes tuition waiver, health insurance benefits, and funding for research related travel. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented groups in earth sciences to apply.

Note that you might not be able to find me in the application system as your suggested advisor because I will join in Fall 2024. Don’t worry, please put your interested advisor(s) in your personal essay and send me an email ( AT once you have submitted the application. Thank you!

Key Components

  1. The formal application form provided by the Graduate School, together with the application fee. In some circumstances, your application fee may be waived. Please refer to the UConn Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.
  3. Three letters of reference.
  4. Your personal essay (~2 pages). This may include your research interests, your previous achievement, your motivation for Ph.D. study, which faculty you might want to work with.
  5. If English is not your primary language, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo scores are accepted. GRE is NOT required.

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About UConn and UConn Earth Sciences

University of Connecticut (UConn), Connecticut’s flagship university, proudly holds the #58 ranking in the 2024 Best National University Rankings by US News. Our main campus, nestled in the rural, forested, and rolling highlands of Mansfield, Connecticut, offers an idyllic setting for learning and growth. Situated in the heart of the Northeast, halfway between Boston (a 1.5-hour drive) and New York City (a 2.5-hour drive), we find ourselves in the charming New England town of Storrs, known for its picturesque autumn scenery.

At UConn Earth Sciences, we delve into a multitude of Earth Sciences disciplines, including geophysics, hydrology, climate change, geomorphology, and paleontology. To explore more about our department, please visit our website.





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