Ph.D. Opportunity at Boise State - Environmental Transport Processes
Boise State University (BSU), Idaho, United States
Apply before: 3 January 2023

I am currently recruiting a graduate student to study environmental transport processes at Boise State University (BSU). The student will lead experimental efforts on one of the following projects:
  • Investigating feedbacks between mass transport, microbial growth, and reactions in natural and engineered hydrologic systems. The student will have the opportunity to design and execute laboratory experiments (e.g., microfluidics, sediment column experiments) and leverage the capabilities within BSU’s Biomolecular Research Center.
  • Predicting fate and transport of emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals) and their degradation byproducts.

Both projects entail the integration of experimental observations and state-of-the-art models, in an effort to link laboratory results with field predictions. Students must have a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering, physics, earth sciences, or a related degree with relevant quantitative coursework. Those with prior experience performing small-scale experiments (e.g., columns, microfluidics, biofilm growth), coding experience (e.g., Python, Matlab), and/or a strong interest in mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply. Individuals interested in fieldwork will have the opportunity to interface with researchers in the BSU’s Department of Geosciences. I am committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive research group whose trajectory is shaped by the unique backgrounds of its members. Click here for resources that support Boise State University's commitment to a diverse and inclusive on-campus culture.

Please email me directly (kevinroche {at} boisestate {dot} edu) before applying and include both a CV and a brief (max 1 page) statement of research interests. Students will be members of the Department of Civil Engineering and will join an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that best suits their skills and interests. Although start date is flexible, I encourage students to apply who intend to begin in Summer or Fall 2023. Please see the Graduate College webpage for more information. Application due dates are program dependent, with priority given for applications received by Jan 3 (Geosciences), or Jan 5-15 (depending on the interdisciplinary engineering program of interest).

Boise State University sits along the Boise River Greenbelt in the heart of Idaho’s rapidly growing capital city. A unique blend of city amenities and outdoor access – including 180+ miles of nearby biking and hiking trails – make it one of the highest rated cities in the U.S. for livability.

Kind regards,

Kevin R. Roche, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept of Civil Engineering
Boise State University


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