PhD Student Opportunity in Vulnerability Assessments to Harmful Algae Bloom
Florida State University, Florida, United States
Start reviewing process: 1 August 2022

I am recruiting one PhD student to join my research group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Florida A&M University (FAMU)—Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering as a graduate research assistant beginning Fall 2022. The student will receive stipend, full tuition waiver and benefits.

PROJECT The student will be primarily working on a funded research project by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for vulnerability assessments of coastal areas to harmful algae bloom (HAB). This project is led by Dr. Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf in the CEE Department at FSU in collaboration with Dr. Ming Ye in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at FSU. The student is expected to publish the project findings in peer-reviewed journal articles.

REQUIRED/DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS • Holding a master’s degree in engineering (civil, agricultural, water resources or environment), sciences (environmental, earth or computer) or any closely related field • Understanding of natural and anthropogenic processes related to HAB occurrence in coupled inland-coastal systems • Computer programming (R, MATLAB or Python), pre- and post- processing satellite imagery, big data analytics, data fusion, Machine Learning techniques, remote sensing, water quality modeling, time series analyses and geospatial analyses (e.g., GIS) • Strong analytical and quantitative skills • Independency, communication, presentation (oral and written), fast learning and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

ABOUT US FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is a joint college between FSU and FAMU in the capital of Florida, Tallahassee. It is classified by Carnegie as an R1 rank (Doctoral Universities — Highest Research Activity). The CEE Department is home to Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response (RIDER) Center, a highly interdisciplinary research center with several labs and facilities related to water resources, environment, construction and transportation. Tallahassee is also located within a short drive to multiple national parks and beaches, providing several opportunities for outdoor activities.


Highly motivated applicants should contact Dr. Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf ( with their CV, unofficial transcripts, copy of English test scores (for non-English speaking applicants), GRE scores and a brief statement describing how their interests connect to this research project. Students should visit FSU Graduate Admission and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Graduate Admission about the admission requirements and application deadlines.

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