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Graduate Research Assistant at CEE or ORE Departments
Contact:  Oceana Francis (
Location:  Honolulu, HI

Description: The Coastal Hydraulics Engineering Resilience Lab group ( at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is seeking a masters or doctoral student to work on characterizing shoreline erosion rates and wave spectral energy based on modeling, field measurements and observations and provide a risk assessment based on these measurements. The student will be working with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, laboratory wave flumes, and numerical models.

The student will pursue a doctorate or masters in civil engineering or ocean & resources engineering under the advisement of Dr. Francis in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and collaboratively work with the Ocean & Resources Engineering (ORE) Department. The graduate assistantship comes with a stipend, tuition and benefits. Applicants must have a degree in civil engineering, coastal engineering, project management, or a closely related field, and must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills. Applicants should also have an understanding of soil mechanics and risk assessment. Applicants may seek use their engineering masters’ credits towards the PhD, depending on the department they choose (CEE or ORE). The graduate assistantship is expected to begin preferably in Spring 2022 (January) or can begin Fall 2022 (August).

To apply: Interested applicants should send a CV, three references, and half-page statement on qualifications and research interests to Dr. Francis ( For information on the formal application process, including deadlines, see

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