Opportunities to Study (PhD) in Food, Energy, and Water Systems via CUAHSI

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ, United States 🇺🇸

Dr. Benjamin Ruddell is recruiting for several student and staff positions for hiring in 2018. Some of these positions have flexible duty locations and are associated with the NSF-funded FEWSION project (http://fewsion.us). Most of these positions will be based in part or in whole out of the FEWSION project office at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. All of these positions require strong motivation, excellent programming and scientific English communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary project team. Inquires should be directed personally to Dr. Ruddell.

Topics include:

  • Food, Energy, and Water systems
  • Complex systems and networks
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Resilience, Sustainability, and Security
  • Informatics and Data Science
  • Urban systems and infrastructure
  • Citizen science

Life at NAU and in Flagstaff:

  • Northern Arizona University is a world class research community for earth science, ecology, climate science, and now informatics, among other disciplines.
  • Flagstaff is a top small college town for quality of life.
  • Flagstaff has some of the best weather in the U.S., with its southern latitude and 7000’ high elevation.
  • Flagstaff has a great ski resort.
  • Flagstaff is less than an hour from the world-class outdoor destinations in the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and 2-3 hours from the winter sports and entertainment venues of Phoenix and Las Vegas; both Alpine and Sonoran Desert weather are less than an hour away.
  • Flagstaff is a “dark sky city” and a hotspot for astronomy
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Student Opportunities

Northern Arizona University’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS, http://nau.edu/siccs/) is recruiting Ph.D. students with graduate research fellowships supported by the FEWSION project. Study Food, Water, and Energy Systems resilience in an interdisciplinary Informatics graduate program, alongside the FEWSION project office and scientists, in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona! Allied graduate programs and centers at NAU provide additional collaborative and degree opportunities, including the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss, http://ecoss.nau.edu/) and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES, http://nau.edu/cefns/natsci/seses/). Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Self-funded Professional M.S. students are also welcome. Contact the FEWSION Project Office at [email protected] with inquiries. The final application deadline is in mid-January, but you should inquire and apply immediately for full consideration on fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities. See the SICCS website for more information (http://nau.edu/SICCS/Academics/PhD-INF/).

We seek prospective Ph.D. students to work with Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Ben Ruddell to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. that blends paleoclimatology and sustainability research. This project focuses on investigating how modern food, water and economic infrastructure would cope with severe prehistoric droughts in the southwest US, which were both more extreme and longer-lived than anything observed during the past 200 years. Prospective students will be integrated with both the Paleoclimate Dynamics Laboratory and the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at NAU, as well as the larger FEWSION project, which is mapping the interconnectivity between food, energy and water, and their responses to shocks and stresses, for the United States.