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Fully Funded 4-Year PhD Position to begin August 2024
University of Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Start reviewing process: 5 May 2024

Join CAESER ( at the University of Memphis, an R1 institution, and take on a pivotal role in our regional aquifer research. We are seeking a highly qualified candidate with a MS degree to contribute to a comprehensive study of the shallow stratigraphy of the northern Mississippi Embayment.

Project Overview:
You will be tasked with integrating geophysical and lithological datasets to map and interpret gross depositional environments, focusing on a fluvial-marine transitional paleo-environment. Your work will stand as our regional geologic model, impacting conservation efforts for the Memphis/Sparta Aquifer. You will gain the necessary skills for employment as a hydrogeologist, stratigrapher, or geomorphologist in the energy or environmental consulting industries.

Preferred skills:

  • Graduate degree in Earth Science or related field
  • Proficiency in GIS, logging software, and Adobe Illustrator or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology
  • Ability to deliver insightful interpretations with precision and confidence


  • Fully funded 4-year PhD position at an R1 institution with a competetive stipend relative to cost of living
  • Access to cutting-edge research facilities and resources
  • Mentorship from experienced professionals in the field
  • Opportunities for publication and presentation at top-tier conferences

Networking Opportunities:
Forge connections with groundwater modelers and geologists at local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as potential collaborations with energy company scientists. Expand your professional network and open doors to future opportunities in academia and industry.

Send CV and a *brief* statement of interest and experience to

Jenn Pickering (Auchter)

Research Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty
Herff College of Engineering
The University of Memphis
Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER)
Memphis, TN 38107


Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group