PhD Research Assistantship at USU on Aging Dams
Utah State University, Utah, United States
Start reviewing process: 30 June 2022

Social-Ecological & Geospatial Dimensions of Aging Dams in the US

Inquiries and applications are welcome from those interested in pursuing a PhD in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University in Logan, Utah with ties to the Utah Water Research Laboratory ( The successful applicant will join Dr. Courtney Flint’s team ( working an NSF-funded project I-Guide ( The 4-year (PhD) assistantship provides a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Anticipated start date could be August 2022 or January 2023.

Project Themes:

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science Methods for Assessing Local, Regional, National and Social-Ecological Dimensions of Aging Dams
  • Critical Infrastructure Resiliency in the face of Aging Dam Failure Risk
  • Vulnerable Populations and Ecosystems
  • Interdisciplinary Engagement with Geospatial, Hydrologic, and Cyberinfrastructure Dimensions


  • Completion of a Masters Degree in a related field (or substantial post-bachelor’s degree experience) prior to start date.

Social science background as part of educational training or professional experience

  • Background and experience working with diverse datasets and GIS software
  • Working knowledge of programs and platforms such as SPSS, R, Jupyter, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

How to Apply: The first step is to contact Dr. Courtney Flint at to express interest. Please send a description of your background and interests relevant to this position in initial request for information. Subsequently, applicants should review the ENVS Graduate Student website ( at USU to learn more about how to apply for the graduate program.

About Utah State University: Utah State University (USU) is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university and a Carnegie institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Logan is a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

Prof. Courtney G. Flint (she/her)
Dept of Environment and Society
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Utah State University

(435) 797-8635;

Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group