Two Graduate Research Assistant Positions (Food-energy-water systems (FEWS))

Two graduate student positions available

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) has openings for two graduate students to work on an NSF-funded collaborative research project, involving seven research institutes including academia and national laboratories. The goal of this project is to explore contemporary and future challenges to food-energy-water systems (FEWS) of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, in light of climate change and its extremes.

POSITION 1: Model Integration and Optimization of Food, Energy, Water Nexus Systems Across the Northeastern and Midwestern United States

As multiple models should be linked in this project, their harmonization becomes an essential part of the project, especially given the sizable number and range of climate and sectoral scenarios and the large volumes of outputs to be generated.Alongside with data integration, an optimization scheme should be exercised to maximize positive outcomes, net present value over the planning horizon, while minimizing externalities that could yield improved outcomes across the FEWS domain. The optimization will be formulated as capacity expansion and/or inter-basin resource (water, energy, food) allocation models that seek to maximize net present value over the future planning horizon.

POSITION 2: Regional Modeling of Nutrient Pollution Arising from Food, Energy And Water Systems under Climate Extremes ​

One aspect of this work will focus on the associated water quality issues.  The selected candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Richard Smith and colleagues at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, VA to develop and analyze nutrient pollution arising from FEWS using the SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed model (SPARROW).

Core competencies/qualifications:

Candidate should have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time of appointment in an appropriate field of study, from an accredited institution. Masters and PhD degree candidates are sought.

How to apply:

Please submit as separate documents your CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references at further information and questions, please contact Prof. Charles J. Vörösmarty ( or Dr. Ehsan Najafi (

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