Graduate opportunities in Watershed Engineering at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech, Virginia, United States
Start reviewing process: 19 January 2023

I am hiring 2-3 fully funded M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) student(s) to join my research group and pursue graduate studies in the area of Watershed Engineering within the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech starting Fall 2023.

Primary research topics will be directly related to one (or multiple) of three recently funded projects:

  1. using hydroacoustics (acoustic Doppler current profilers; ADCPs) to measure suspended sediment dynamics in rivers, involving field work and data analysis, in collaboration with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey
  2. predicting how fine sediment fills in gravel streambeds (embeddedness) and affects biota, involving field work and data analysis, in collaboration with Kyle Strom (Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech)
  3. investigating how vegetation dynamics across the floodplain of the East Fork White River in Indiana has led to the development of channelized features across the floodplain and contributes to floodplain erosion or sediment deposition, involving field work, data analysis, and modeling, in collaboration with Doug Edmonds (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University)

The most competitive students will have a background in engineering (or at least have taken fluid mechanics) and experience in numerical modeling, programming, spatial analysis, and/or field work. However, exceptional students without a prior engineering degree (e.g., geoscience, geography, environmental science) with an interest in sediment transport in rivers will be considered. Full funding, tuition and stipend, is available for M.S., direct Ph.D., or Ph.D. students.

The application deadline has technically passed, so if interested, please first contact me directly at and attach a resume/CV (with GPA and list any presentations/publications), please let me know which or any of the above topics most interest you, and tell me about your interests in pursuing graduate studies (and whether M.S., direct Ph.D., or Ph.D.).

GRE scores are NOT required for our graduate application.

For more information please visit my website:

Jonathan A. Czuba, Ph.D., P.E. (he/him/they/them)
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Systems Engineering &
The Global Change Center
Virginia Tech

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