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We are recruiting for a PhD student that will be working on a project on modeling plant cold hardiness and spring phenology, co-advised by Prof. Al Kovaleski and Min Chen. There is a small component of lab work that involves travel within the US to collect samples and controlled environment experiments, but the vast majority of the work will be computational. This is a fully funded position (tuition+stipend) starting in the Fall of 2022. Please send your CV to and he will be in touch.

The student will be admitted through the Horticulture Program ( More info on Al here ( and on Min here (   .

We are looking for self-motivated undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers to join our lab and work together to promote our understandings of the complex Earth system dynamics. Feel free to contact Prof. Min Chen for opportunities.

Undergraduate students

There are always opportunities to motivated undergraduate students who have a strong interest in Earth system science. Prospective students are expected to have strong computer programming skills, math and physics backgrounds. Funding support may be available depending on project needs.

Graduate students

Our group is particularly interested in questions regarding the interactions between climate change, terrestrial ecosystems and human society. We develop and use Earth system models (both process-based and empirical), various remote sensing and field data, integrated assessment models, and model-data fusion as the major research tools to answer our research questions.

We are looking for talented and motivated students who are expected to work on one or more of the following general topics:

  • Modeling the land-atmosphere exchanges of carbon, water, and energy across different spatial and temporal scales.

  • Vegetation radiative transfer modeling and its applications in understanding ecosystem processes in combination with Earth system models and remote sensing.

  • Using remote sensing data for understanding how ecosystem carbon/water/energy cycle responds to environmental changes.

  • Linking the natural Earth system model with integrated assessment models (e.g., GCAM) to understand human-Earth system interactions that infer policymaking.

All applicants should meet the minimum requirements by graduate admission ( International students should also meet the minimum requirement of TOEFL or IELTS.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Prof. Min Chen ( to discuss potential research projects and opportunities before their applications. Please include your transcripts, CV, names and contact information of up-to-three references, and a personal statement that describes your research interest, experiences, and skills relevant to our lab’s research directions. We greatly appreciate all the applications, but we will only give feedback to the candidates that we plan to interview.

Postdoctoral scientists

We usually look for postdoctoral scientists to join us to work on scientific and technical problems in the field of Earth system science, especially related to land-atmosphere interactions. We are particularly interested in those who have a strong background in data analysis, land surface modeling, integrated assessment modeling/climate change economics, data assimilation (including machine learning), vegetation radiative transfer modeling, or remote sensing applications.

Interested ones are also encouraged to contact Dr. Min Chen for collaboration on potential fellowship applications (e.g., NSF and NOAA postdoctoral fellowship) or proposal ideas.