PhD Assistantship in Telecoupling


Michigan State University


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Start Date

Friday, July 1, 2022

A PhD research assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue a PhD degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University.

This position is part of the new $15 million institute funded by the National Science Foundation -- "Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrative Discovery Environment (I-GUIDE)".

The successful candidate will join the multi-institution transdisciplinary team to understand telecoupled impacts of globalization, climate change, and natural disasters (e.g., impacts of droughts and floods in the United States on biodiversity, land use, and sustainability in Brazil), using the integrated framework of telecoupling.

Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, artificial intelligence, big data science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, machine learning, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

The successful applicant will be admitted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and can also be part of the dual doctoral degree program with the university-wide Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program  or Environmental Science and Policy Program if the student is interested.

The application due date is December 1, 2021 or until the position is filled.

The start date is flexible (e.g., summer or fall in 2022).

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Application materials and questions should be emailed to: Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu (