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Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PhD) in Stormwater Management Program

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The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA

Date added to AEES Website:

November 8, 2023

Date to remove from AEES Website:

April 30, 2024

About the Role

Research topics: erosion and sediment control, construction site runoff, water quality, stormwater


The Ohio State University Stormwater Management Program focuses on the impact of urbanization and development on water resources at the site and watershed scale in the face of a changing climate. Our research spans a variety of water resources problems, including urban stormwater, agricultural runoff, acid mine drainage, and construction site runoff. We take a holistic approach to quantify the effects of human development on receiving waters and ways to mitigate these impacts using natural treatment mechanisms such as green stormwater infrastructure. We seek a dedicated MS or PhD student who will conduct and manage field-scale research of sediment traps, basins, and associated retrofit measures to improve sediment removal on transportation construction sites across Ohio and around the country. Additional research opportunities related to laboratory testing and modeling of construction sediment treatment technologies are available at the discretion of the successful candidate. This fully-funded project will allow the successful candidate to collaborate with consulting engineers and the funder to hone solutions to construction site runoff.

Start Date 

January 2024 (preferred) or May 2024 (latest)

Pay and Benefits 

Tuition waiver with competitive stipend and health insurance.

Education and Skills 

M.S. (preferred) or B.S. (with potential interest in PhD) with an excellent academic record in biological and Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Science, or related field. Though not required, prior experience or familiarity with sediment and erosion control techniques is desired. Strong communication skills, including technical writing skills, are highly preferred.

About OSU

The Ohio State University is the premier research institution in Ohio and one of the leading public land grant universities in the United States. Columbus is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the Midwest featuring 19 metro parks with over 230 miles of greenway trails, a flourishing food and art scene, and more.

How to Apply

Email CV or resume (with contact information for three professional references) and cover leter describing interest in graduate school, this research topic, and relevant experience to Dr. Ryan Winston (

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