Funded Research Opportunities

Ecoinformatics researchers are currently looking for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professional research staff to work in their labs. Below, we have listed current funded opportunities.

(Updated December 4, 2020)

Postdoc Opening in the Richardson Lab

The Richardson Lab (Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will work on modeling and analysis of PhenoCam data, and quantifying the role of phenology in land-atmosphere interactions and coupling. The postdoc who joins the project should be a data scientist and ecological modeler. The position is available immediately. A start date of February 1, 2021 is expected.

You can find details in the listing, please go to
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All applications must be submitted through the NAU HR web page,

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Our T3 option, funded through a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award, aims to train students in team science and science communication as they gain expertise in Ecological and Environmental Informatics, and to prepare trainees for a diverse range of career paths. Fellowships ($34,000/year stipend, tuition benefits, health insurance, for 1-2 years) are available for outstanding applicants; we strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. Exceptional early applicants may be eligible for supplemental funding through NAU’s Presidential Fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the final (Graduate College) deadline on January 1, 2021. For full funding consideration, we recommend applying during the Fall 2020 semester; prospective students should apply to the Informatics and Computing (INF) program, and explicitly indicate interest in the EEI T3 program within the personal statement. We strongly encourage interested students to contact prospective faculty mentors or the T3 Program Coordinator (Dr. Kimberly Samuels-Crow,

Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory (Ben Ruddell)

Undergraduate software developers for flood information and hydrology server and application development

Undergraduate or hourly Master’s mechanical engineer to develop manufacturable microclimate sensing systems

PhD Student or Postdoc to support Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Ben Ruddell for analysis of paleoclimate and modern infrastructure

Postdoctoral scholar to investigate the driving factors behind adaptation of snowmelt-irrigated agricultural communities in the western US.

Students and staff at all levels to support FEWSION project data analytics on US supply chains.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Stable Isotopes

Drs. Kimberly Samuels-Crow and Kiona Ogle are seeking an undergraduate research assistant who is interested in supporting work related to our NSF-funded project  “Ecohydrological controls on evapotranspiration across a semi-arid elevation gradient.” The student worker will provide lab support (as possible with COVID-19 restrictions along with support in conducting literature searches and writing code. This is a paid position.

Please contact Dr. Samuels-Crow directly for more information.

Additional Opportunities

Please review Ecoinformatics research groups and contact PI’s directly to determine if there are additional opportunities not listed here.

Additional Faculty, Staff, and Post-doc positions are available via the NAU HR website.