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Applications are invited for a 2-year graduate research assistant at the Master’s level beginning summer/fall 2017 in the Earth System Science (ESS) or Atmospheric Science (ATS) program of the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The selected applicant will work on remote sensing applications in urban environmental studies, e.g. urban heat island, heat exposure, and mitigation. The 2-year position will be funded to pursue a Master of Science degree in the ESS or ATS program under the guidance of Dr. Leiqiu Hu.

The potential candidate is expected to have quantitative background training in remote sensing, physical geography, climatology, or other related physical sciences. S/he must have strong written and oral communication skills in English. Programming experience is strongly desired, such as R, Python, IDL or MATLAB.

About Dr. Hu
Dr. Hu has wide research interests covering physical, ecological, and societal aspects of urban environments, generally including:

  • Quantitative remote sensing applications in urban thermal environments, including urban heat island, urban climatology, extreme events, quantitative retrieval of thermal information from satellite observations and associated uncertainty, extreme heat impact on human health
  • Land cover and land use changes and their impact on urban climate.

More information can be found on:
Dr. Hu's Website
Dr. Hu's Faculty Page

For those interested in this opportunity, please directly email Dr. Leiqiu Hu (, with recent CV and unofficial transcripts.

About UAH and Applications

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a tier 1 research-intensive, internationally recognized university with strong ties to NASA Earth sciences through the co-located National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The MS in Earth System Science program enables students to gain not only an understanding of the physics of the climate system and the environment but also a working hands-on knowledge of how data and information is used to aid decision makers.

The Earth System Science program is administered by the Atmospheric Science Department and information on applying to UAH graduate programs is available on the in the Earth System Science Program page.  

For more information about applying to Graduate Studies within ESS or ATS, please contact Dr. Lawrence Carey at

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.