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Join the Lab

I am seeking students who are enthusiastic about coastal processes and engineering to join the team! Specific topics of interest are wave breaking and circulation dynamics, wave-driven sediment transport processes, and coastal change in response to extreme events. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience designing and conducting laboratory experimentation, close-range remote sensing, and/or coastal numerical modeling. Our lab is committed to fostering an inclusive team of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented within STEM. Students will also be part of a vibrant community within Stanford's Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Postdoctoral Researchers

I am seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (2-year funded position) with a background in nearshore processes or environmental fluid mechanics, specifically related to wave breaking and nearshore circulation. Prospective postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to reach out to discuss this position.


Prospective postdocs interested in applying for a fellowship within our group related to coastal processes/engineering are also encouraged to reach out. Prospective postdocs are highly encouraged to develop their own research projects in collaboration with Dr. Baker. 

Graduate Students

How to Apply: Prospective PhD students are encouraged to apply to the Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD program. Please mention Dr. Baker in your statement of purpose. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2023.


Contact: Interested students should email Dr. Baker ( with the subject line "Prospective PhD student in Stanford CEE" and include their CV, information on their background (education, coursework, relevant previous research or work experience), and a description of how their interests align with the lab's research. 


Call for PhD Students: I am seeking two PhD students to start in Fall 2024 on the following projects, though other opportunities may also be available:

Wave-driven sediment transport

Waves can rapidly change our coastal landscapes, threatening communities and infrastructure. This project aims to define the relative contributions of sea swell and infragravity waves on sediment suspension and transport near the onset of breaking. The PhD student will lead the collection and analysis of remotely sensed and in situ observations of wave and sediment processes in large-scale laboratory experiments. The student will closely collaborate with a team from the University of Washington to apply findings to inform numerical model parameterizations. 

Wave breaking and circulation dynamics: 

Breaking waves in the surf zone drive circulation patterns, including eddies and rip currents, that transport pollutants, larvae, and terrestrial runoff within the nearshore environment. This project aims to characterize surf-zone eddy dynamics and their implications for material transport in varying nearshore environments. The PhD student will be free to study various aspects of eddy dynamics through numerical modeling or remotely sensed field observations. The student will gain a holistic understanding of transport pathways within the nearshore and approach questions through an interdisciplinary perspective.

These positions will be funded via a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include full tuition support, stipend, benefits, and travel support. We encourage motivated and creative applicants with:

  • a graduate or undergraduate degree in Coastal/Civil/Environmental/Mechanical Engineering or related fields, such as Oceanography, Physics, Earth/Marine Science, Applied Mathematics, etc.

  • strong technical writing and oral communication skills and/or desire to learn in these areas

  • experience with statistical analysis and familiarity with coding data analysis and/or desire to learn in these areas

  • an ability to work in a collaborative team environment

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