Seeking PhD student at the University of Rochester
University of Rochester, New York, United States
Apply before: 5 January 2024

I’m looking for a PhD student to join our group at the University of Rochester starting Fall 2024. The DRIP (Dirt, Rivers, Ice, Particles) Lab strives to understand how sediment dynamics influence the evolution of Earth’s surface by drawing connections between geomorphology and materials science. We use a combination of theory, numerical models (everything from homegrown “toy” models to CFDEM), physical experiments, and fieldwork to work on problems ranging from grain to landscape scales. Our overarching goal is to figure out “How Stuff Works” at a fundamental level! You can find out more about our group at, and more about the department at

Projects are open-ended and will be motivated by student interest. I especially encourage applications from students with backgrounds in Earth Science, Materials Science, Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering, though students from other backgrounds with relevant interests are encouraged to reach out as well.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Fish-spawning controls on fluvial sediment transport, involving small-scale experiments and/or modeling
  • Unraveling the role of grain shape in sediment transport, involving fieldwork with river tracer cobbles, experiments, and/or modeling
  • Using photoelastic particles to understand force chain development in granular materials
  • Dynamics of frost heave in arctic soils
  • CFDEM (computational fluid dynamics/discrete element method) simulations of sediment-fluid interactions

If you’re interested in working with me, I welcome you to contact me at Please send a brief description of your background and interests along with a resume or CV. The deadline to submit a formal application to the university is January 5, 2024.

I strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups (or members of groups typically under-represented in geosciences and higher education). The University of Rochester is committed to creating a diverse workplace and an inclusive community. UR is a highly ranked research university, and the Rochester area's cultural, educational, and recreational assets frequently place it among the best places to live and work!


Rachel Glade
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group