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[Met-jobs] MS Opportunities in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech

From "Stephanie E. Zick" <>
Date Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:53:51 -0500

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is currently recruiting M.S. Geography graduate students to commence research in the fall of 2017, and I am pleased to offer competitive Graduate Teaching Assistantship funding for well-qualified students with research interests in weather and climate. 

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply if they are interested in research at the intersection of meteorology and geography.  Potential research topics include 1) tropical cyclone structure and dynamics, particularly on the spatial distribution of precipitation throughout the tropical cyclone life cycle, 2) the application of shape measures and spatial statistics in research methodologies and in the development of operational meteorology forecasting tools, and 3) the representation of precipitation, severe weather, and tropical cyclones in climate and/or numerical weather prediction (NWP) models.  

Applicants must possess a background in Geography, Meteorology, or a related field. Experience with computer programming software (e.g, Matlab, NCL, Python, R) or with geospatial software (ArcGIS, QGIS) is essential. Familiarity with NWP models such as the Weather Research, and Forecasting (WRF) model would also be valuable but is not required.

The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is a dynamic, growing and collaborative environment with 14 full-time faculty and 25 graduate students. In addition to the M.S. Geography program, the department offers a Ph.D. in Geospatial Analysis, a B.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Meteorology.  Additionally, the department has established a strong partnership with National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg, VA, and collaborative research opportunities with the NWS may be possible depending on the research project.

Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, VA, which is situated in the mountains of southwest Virginia, approximately 45 minutes west of Roanoke.  Outdoor opportunities abound in the region, with the New River and Appalachian Trail in close proximity to the Virginia Tech campus.

More information about the M.S. Geography degree is available on the website:  
Application packages are due February 15, 2017.

Please send a note to if you are interested, and include a recently updated resume or CV. 

Stephanie E. Zick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor  
Department of Geography
Virginia Tech 

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