Graduate Research Assistantship in Sustainability Modeling at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus at Washington State University


We are seeking a PhD student interested in environmental sustainability and coupled human-natural systems modeling to pursue their graduate education in the School of the Environment at Washington State University. The successful candidate will join a large, interdisciplinary team on a recently funded project researching the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus of the Columbia River Basin (CRB).Information on the project is available at https://fewstorage.wsu.edu/.The student will conduct research on conceptual modelling of transactions, trade-offs and possible conflict across FEW sector boundaries, supplement the research of sector-specific team members, and help develop generic models of FEW system sustainability that are portable beyond the CRB.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project and the subject matter, the successful candidate must be (1) highly motivated, (2) able to work within and across several disciplinary boundaries, and (3) be able to work rigorously with theoretical or abstract concepts that cut across multiple disciplines. Additionally, the candidate should have (4) a background in mathematical or formal modeling and (5) skills in collaborative research and communications. Strong consideration will be given to those who also have demonstrated background or experience in environmental or agricultural sustainability, resource policy and/or management, and quantitative analysis of complex system dynamics.A Masters degree in applied mathematics, philosophy of science/formal epistemology, or related fields is preferred, but accomplished and exceptionally motivated individuals in relevant fields will also receive full consideration.

We will accept inquiries immediately and will consider candidates until the position is filled.Interested candidates should send a cover letter, official or unofficial transcripts, CV, and contact information for 2 references to both Dr. Steve Katz (steve.k...@wsu.edu) <mailto:steve.k...@wsu.edu%29> and Dr. Michael Goldsby (michael.gold...@wsu.edu) <mailto:michael.gold...@wsu.edu%29>. Information on Graduate Studies in the School of the Environment at Washington State University is available at http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/soe/graduatestudies/

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