Postdoctoral Research Associate (Hydrologic and water quality modeling in the Colorado River Basin)
- Collect publicly available data from online sources or federal/state agencies for hydrologic and water quality modeling in the Colorado River Basin (CRB).
- Develop a database of plant species in the CRB based on National Resources Inventory information for APEX modeling.
- Identify critical sources and the pathways of saline terrestrial runoff, streamflow and groundwater flow.
- Investigate the transport processes of geologically existing salts in the CRB draining into the Colorado river.
- Evaluate land management scenarios for effective management of salt transport into the Colorado River.
- Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.
- Assist with reports and grant proposal development.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Required: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Soil Chemistry, Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science/Engineering.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of hydrologic models for watershed assessment. Knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Fortran is a plus. Good interpersonal skills, professionalism and competency. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Principal Duties: The successful candidate will participate in a project funded by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) entitled “Enhancement of APEX for Simulating Soil Erosion and Salt Transport in the Colorado River Basin.” The postdoc will be engaged in developing and applying hydrologic and water quality models using an enhanced Agricultural Policy Environmental eXtender (APEX) model. Specifically, the postdoc will conduct research focusing on i) collecting publicly available data from online sources or federal/state agencies for hydrologic and water quality modeling in the CRB, ii) developing a database of plant species in the CRB based on National Resources Inventory information for APEX modeling, and iii) assessing the impact of land management, wildfires, and climate change on soil erosion and salt transport in the CRB.
Qualifications: The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in civil engineering, soil chemistry, hydrology, geology, water resources or environmental engineering. S/he should have research experience or graduate level course credits in watershed modeling using continuous simulation models. Demonstrated ability to produce academic and policy-focused research papers. Strong oral communication skills and experience with collaborative research.
Preferred Experience: Hydrologic and water quality modeling using APEX, or SWAT. Linked surface and subsurface hydrologic modeling capacity and experience is highly desirable. Experience in database development or programming skills for handling big data are preferred. Demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary teams.
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