Pursue a Career Researching the Challenges of Our Atmosphere
Develop expertise in understanding and predicting weather and climate systems through research opportunities in the doctoral program in atmospheric science at the University at Albany. You will be equipped for a career in the public and private sector in research, forecasting and education.
Your faculty mentors will push you to think about atmospheric theories, concepts and processes in new ways. You will learn to use research to answer questions that atmospheric scientists face today, such as what cloud chemistry can tell us about the atmosphere and how oceanic weather patterns impact nations.
Program of Study
Research projects are funded by federal, state and corporate grants. In addition to covering the costs of doing research and presenting results at international conferences, grants cover student tuition and a stipend.
Research projects may include:
- Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes
- Mountain and Topography Influences
- Climate Modeling
- Glacier-Climate Interactions
- Thunderstorm Electrification and Lightning
- Solar and Wind Energy
- Synoptic / Dynamic Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry
As a graduate researcher you will have access to UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), with opportunities to study atmospheric physics, chemistry and renewable energy.
Beyond the ASRC, take advantage of the National Weather Service, which is in walking distance of campus. Here you can apply for internships and cooperative research.
With a PhD in Atmospheric Science you will be prepared for a career in forecasting, research, agriculture, and education. Potential job titles include:
- University professor
- Atmospheric scientist
- Geospatial engineer
- Television broadcaster
- Climate change scientist
- Coastal scientist
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Demonstrate ability to use sound scientific reasoning to develop testable hypotheses and evaluate complex scientific problems in a specific research area related to atmospheric science
- Carry out an extensive, independent research project that addresses a significant scientific problem in a specific atmospheric science research area and includes:
- Extensive review of relevant literature
- Application of common, or development of new, scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
- Ability to analyze the results using appropriate quantitative methods and draw appropriate conclusions
- Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal prospectus, written thesis, and oral dissertation defense
- Independently develop effective written and oral communication skills that lead to the dissemination of research results to fellow atmospheric scientists at scientific meetings and the broader community