Graduate Research Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill several graduate research assistantships, for enrollment starting Fall 2020. A summary of each opportunity is listed below. There may also be new opportunities that are not listed here. For additional information, please contact any of the faculty members in research areas of interest to you via email.

The graduate research assistantships, which may be offered at the MS or PhD level, cover tuition and fees, and provide a monthly stipend.

For full consideration, we encourage submitting your applications by January 1, 2020, although applications submitted later will also be considered.


Research Assistant

Aerosols have profound impacts on cloud development and atmospheric electricity. Professor Tim Logan is seeking to recruit graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels. Students having a diverse interdisciplinary background of geoscience, programming/machine learning skills, and GIS skills are preferred. Active research areas include: (a) processing HLMA data along with other lightning datasets to investigate the feasibility of using lightning activity to predict the severity of deep convection; (b) investigating the behavior of lightning over continental and marine regions; (c) Analyzing data from the TAMU micropulse lidar and laser spectroscope to determine how the various aerosol types can influence cloud development with respect to their physical, chemical, and radiative properties.

For more information contact: Professor Tim Logan,

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Research Assistant

Professor Yangyang Xu is seeking to recruit a graduate student at M.S. or Ph.D. level.

The student will work on decadal climate variability and long-term climate change problems, including the potential causes due to anthropogenic aerosols, and the regional impact on extreme weathers.

For more information contact: Professor Yangyang Xu,


Improving short-range prediction and warnings of tropical cyclone tornadoes

Professor Chris Nowotarski is seeking to recruit a graduate student at the M.S. or Ph.D. level to work on a project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to better understand and improve prediction of tornadoes in landfalling tropical cyclones (TCTORs). This will involve radar and model data interrogation to characterize the radar attributes and near-cell environments of tornadic and non-tornadic convective cells in the outer rainbands of tropical cyclones as they make landfall. In addition to building a climatology of events, the student will perform statistical analysis of the dataset with an end goal of developing a probabilistic guidance product for TCTORs.

For more information contact: Professor Chris Nowotarski,


Understanding precipitation-anvil relationships in tropical deep convection with satellite observations

Graduate research assistantship available with Professor Anita Rapp. This project will use satellite-based cloud and precipitation observations to understand how the precipitation-anvil cloud relationship varies with the environment and large-scale ITCZ state.

For more information contact: Professor Anita Rapp,

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Atlantic hurricane variability in a changing climate

Professor Robert Korty is recruiting a graduate student at the M.S. or Ph.D. level to work on a project funded by the National Science Foundation on evolving risks from Atlantic tropical storms along the United States coasts. Aspects of the project include analyzing how risks from flooding (both storm surge and fresh water), storm tracks, and storm intensity vary with Atlantic multidecadal variability both in present and in future, warmer climates. Some experience with programming will be useful.

For more information contact: Professor Robert Korty,

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Tropical cyclones in climate models

As climate models achieve finer spatial resolutions, they begin to simulate tropical cyclones and hurricanes. The U.S. Department of Energy has funded a project to analyze tropical cyclones in the new Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM; The goal is to study the impact of climate model bias on tropical cyclone simulations using a large ensemble of short (2-week) forecasts. Seeking a Graduate Student with some programming skills to work on this project.

For more information contact: Professor R. Saravanan,


Research Assistant and Postdoctoral Fellows

Professor Sarah Brooks is seeking to recruit two new group members, a Ph.D. student and a postdoc. New members will join ongoing endeavors to understand atmospheric ice nucleation through laboratory and field measurements.

For more information contact: Professor Sarah D. Brooks,

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Exploring the Impacts of Aerosols on Clouds, Climate, and the overall Earth System

Professor Xiaohong Liu is seeking to recruit two graduate students.

This project will explore the roles of natural and anthropogenic aerosols as they modify the microphysical and macrophysical properties of clouds. The simulation of aerosol-cloud interactions with Earth System Models is laced with uncertainty, so we seek to develop and evaluate the next generation of these state-of-the-art models such as E3SM and CESM2.

For more information contact: Professor Xiaohong Liu,

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Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (DCOTSS)

This project will use the NASA ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft, satellites, weather radars, and advanced numerical models to study the impact of intense convective storms on the dynamics and chemistry of the stratosphere over North America.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in the field deployments of the ER-2 aircraft in 2020 and 2021.

For more information contact: Professor Ken Bowman,
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