Postdoctoral Researcher - 17500BR
Watershed models are common tools to characterize water quality responses to changes in land use and land management yet are often so heavily parameterized that their application is not extendible to nearby regions with similar yet not identical characteristics. Numerous watershed models of subbasins of the Mississippi River exist yet remain of limited value towards a larger regional analysis due to the lack of consistent parameterization or architecture. Although there are larger regional models they often too large to be computationally feasible to resolve the scales at which land management decisions are made for cost-benefit analysis where extensive model executions must occur. The focus of the research for this postdoctoral project will be to develop the intellectual and model base needed to create parsimonious models of the Mississippi River basin that can inform regional response plans to predicted patterns of climate and land use change.
20% - Planning and collaboration. Participate in planning, designing and conducting watershed modeling research projects under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Analyze and evaluate cross-model and individual model results from scenarios and provide interpretations. Collaborate with a diverse project team from multiple institutions across United States to define overall project goals, share data and communicate results.
20% - Communicate science. Complete writing tasks, including literature review, required to publish research in peer-reviewed journals, contribute toward the preparation of technical reports, papers and/or records. Present results at scientific conferences and to stakeholders. Contribute to the development, preparation and submission of externally funded proposals related to the research program.
- Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Ecology, Geography, or other related field.
- Prior experience building SWAT watershed models with watershed hydrological and biogeochemical modeling.
- 2 or more years SWAT modeling experience
- Computer programming fluency in Python or C++.
- Knowledge of watershed hydrological and biogeochemical process characterization.
- Experience working on interdisciplinary research projects and in a team environment.
Additional Candidate Instructions
Application review begins August 12, 2020 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received.