PhD Assistantship in lidar feature extraction at Utah State University

Jan 8, 2014

Via the Gilbert Club email list, a PhD assistantship position at Utah State University working with Patrick Belmont on feature extraction from lidar topography data:

I have an open PhD assistantship for a project focused on feature extraction and analysis of lidar topography data. The student will be involved in an NSF/USGS Powell Center Synthesis Working Group and will have the opportunity to work closely with leaders in the field from across the US and France, including Paola Passalacqua, Jeff Simley, Dennis Staley, Joe Wheaton, Nancy Glenn, Chris Crosby, Steve DeLong, Thad Waskelwicz, David Tarboton, Collin Bode, Ramon Arrowsmith, and Dimitri Lague.

I would appreciate receiving applications by Jan 20, but may consider applications beyond that date for this or other opportunities in my research group. Competitive applicants are expected to have an MS in geomorphology or a related field as well as strong computational skills (proficiency in Python and/or Matlab preferred).

Utah State University is situated in bucolic Cache Valley, at the mouth of Logan Canyon and just a short drive from the Grand Tetons and the red rocks of southern Utah. The Department of Watershed Sciences has an excellent MS/PhD program spanning Earth-surface processes, hydrology, climatology, limnology, aquatic and riparian ecology and a particular strength in geomorphology, including 4 faculty within our department (Jack Schmidt, Peter Wilcock, Joe Wheaton, Patrick Belmont) and many others across campus (e.g., Joel Pederson, Tammy Rittenour, David Tarboton). Contact me if you are interested in applying for this position (

Patrick Belmont

Patrick Belmont, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Watershed Sciences
Utah State University
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 350
Logan, Utah 84322-5210
Phone: 435-797-3794
Fax: 435-797-1871