PhD student for river-groundwater project
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States
Start reviewing process: 1 January 2020

Dr. Gooseff is seeking a PhD student to join a team recently funded to study the controls on river-groundwater interactions in the Columbia River, Washington. The goal of the project is to determine whether/when channel bedforms vs geologic structure most control exchanges of water between the river channel and the surrounding aquifer. We will use new geotechnical techniques (specifically FloaTEM) to collect data from the deep subsurface (10s-100s of meters) to characterize aquifer hydraulic conductivity variability. We will collect water quality data from the riverbed to identify locations of groundwater inflows. We then expect to couple these field data with groundwater flow models to address our overarching goal.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct field research with partners at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and US Geological Survey, and to conduct groundwater flow modeling. Hence, experience in conducting field research and a strong quantitative background are preferred.

The PhD student will join the Hydroecology Science & Engineering Lab at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado. The graduate program in water resources engineering at CU prepares students to push the cutting edge in hydrologic science and engineering.

Feel free to contact Dr. Michael Gooseff – especially if you are attending the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting from Tuesday to Friday.

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group