PhD and Master’s Graduate Assistantships via CUAHSI

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN, United States 🇺🇸

The Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis, under the Herff College of Engineering, is seeking well-qualified PhD and Masters candidates to receive fully-funded graduate assistantships for starting studies in the Fall of 2018 and into Spring 2019.  Assistantships include tuition and a 12-month stipend at the following ranges: Masters $26,000-$32,000 and PhD $35,000-$40,000 (graduate tuition for the academic year 2017-2018 is about $11,000).  As part of an interdisciplinary team of students, faculty, and research staff, the selected candidates will work on a large applied research project, funded by the local utility (Memphis Light, Gas and Water), aimed at addressing the impact of aquitard breaches on groundwater quality.  Investigations will include but are not limited to numerical groundwater and contaminant transport modeling, geophysical near-surface surveying, groundwater/surface water exchange, geochemical sampling and analyses, remote sensing, and aquifer characterization. 

Applicant Discipline

Applicants may apply to the Civil Engineering Department in the Herff College of Engineering or the Earth Sciences Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.


For individuals applying to the Civil Engineering master’s or PhD program, you must have an engineering degree from a 4-year academic institution.  For individuals applying to the Earth Sciences master’s or PhD program, a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate science from an accredited 4-year academic institution is required.  Master’s students will be expected to complete their degree within 2 years with possible allowance for additional time.  PhD students are expected to complete their degree in 3-4 years.  PhD applicants must have published in a peer reviewed journal.  All applicants should have exceptional communication skills, be self-motivated and able to work independently, and have excellent writing skills.  Special consideration will be given to applicants familiar with GIS and who have programming knowledge.  Outstanding graduates in hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology, or earth sciences who are motivated to join a dynamic research group and have flexibility and interest in going to the field are encouraged to apply. It may be necessary to work outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions.

How to Apply

Interested applicants will need to provide their GRE/TOEFL scores, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a 200-word (maximum) reason for applying to program, letter of support from current institution, unofficial transcript, and a 50-word (maximum) career interest statement.  Please specify to which department you are applying.  Students will be selected through a competitive process. Application package should be sent to [email protected].  Information about CAESER may be found at Deadline for applying is May 1, 2018.