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Graduate Research

Interested in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree focused on the cutting edge of coastal engineering, hazards, and resiliency? Are you interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment and engaging with the public, private, and federal sectors?

Ph.D. Student Assistantship in Estuarine Hydrodynamics

Position Description: The University of Georgia (UGA) School of Environmental, Civil, Agriculture, and Mechanical Engineering ( is seeking a highly-motivated Ph.D. student to begin Fall 2023. The graduate student will work under Dr. Matthew Bilskie and be part of the Coastal Ocean Analysis and Simulation Team (COAST; The Ph.D. student will also work with other graduate students, post-docs, and faculty affiliated with the Institute of Resilient Infrastructure Systems ( In particular, the Ph.D. student will work with the Odum School of Ecology and Crop and Soil Science faculty.

The general scope of work includes hydrodynamic modeling of coastal salt marsh environments and a significant fieldwork component. The Ph.D. student will develop a hydrodynamic model to simulate tidal flows in complex marsh environments and examine conditions to changing marsh and tidal creek landscapes. The student will also assist in field campaigns involving deploying sensors (ADCPs and pressure transducers) and ecological measurements of marsh grass and oyster reefs.

The student assistantship includes a full tuition waiver, stipend, and funds to attend conferences and workshops.

Qualifications: Candidates have an M.S. degree in Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, or Coastal Engineering or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with computer programming /scripting (Matlab, Fortran, Python, R, bash scripting, etc.), the Linux command line, and GIS. Experience with coastal hydrodynamic models (ADCIRC, DELFT3D, XBEACH, etc.) and fieldwork (ADCP, pressure sensors, GPS RTK) is a plus. Strong communication and writing skills and the ability to work within a lab group setting are essential. Although it is not necessary to have all these skills at the start, the ideal candidate will be willing to learn from others and motivated to self-teach skills.

Please contact Dr. Matthew Bilskie by email at with the subject heading “UGA COAST Graduate Student Inquiry – Estuarine Modeling” and provide a cover letter, CV and contact information for at least three references.

The UGA COAST and IRIS lab is located in the new $64 million Interdisciplinary-STEM-II building with state-of-the-art research and laboratory space.

Undergraduate Research

Are you an undergraduate student interested in coastal hazards or coastal engineering? We are looking to hire undergraduate students to participate in our research efforts to aid the development of hurricane storm surge models and contemporary visualization. Specific areas of interest include computer programming and algorithm development, web-based geographic information system (GIS) design, storm surge model development, geospatial optimization, data visualization, and high-performance computing. The undergraduate students will work with Dr. Bilskie, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. Students will have the opportunity to use high-performance computing equipment and be included in peer-reviewed journal articles. Please contact Dr. Matthew Bilskie by email at with the subject heading “Undergraduate Research Inquiry” and provide a brief cover letter and resume.

Desired skills and experience: ECAM student or CS students. Experience with GIS and/or computer programming (Python, Matlab, FORTRAN, etc.); ability to work effectively in a team-based setting; ability to meet deadlines and project goals; strong interest in numerical modeling and/or coastal hazards.

Other skills a PLUS (not required): Experience in deploying online GIS-based platforms; raster processing; and developing user interfaces.