Postdoctoral Research Associate (New York State Water Resources Institute)

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, United States
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
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This position is an annual appointment with review each year and reappointment is contingent upon performance and the availability of funding.The annual cycle for the funds that support this position starts on January 1 of each year through December 31. Additional funds are expected but notguaranteed.

Starting Date: ASAP.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Position Summary:

The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is inviting
applications for a position in the field of water resource science & management. We are looking for an individual with a PhD in environmental engineering, hydrology, land use planning, geography or related fields, and an interest in outreach and applied research focused on watershed and estuary management in NY’s Hudson Valley. The applicant will be expected to develop and maintain a relationship with WRI staff working off-campus in the Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP), and perform research and outreach that furthers goals outlined in the HREP Action Agenda. Experience in using tools/methodologies such as statistics, hydrological modeling, geographic information systems, natural resource assessment, and economic planning is desirable.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and lead multidisciplinary research projects in cooperation with `Hudson River Estuary Program staff and Cornell researchers
  • Engage in outreach activities with Hudson Valley and other NYS stakeholders
  • Assist in WRI’s general mission of providing resources to improve water management and policy by providing timely research and outreach to NY stakeholders through publication of relevant peer-reviewed literature, white papers, web content, and presentations at scientific conferences and other appropriate venues of water resource management.
  • Assist in development of proposals to secure external funding for research projects
  • Develop additional projects building on the strengths, interests, and expertise of the candidate
  • Occasional travel to Hudson Valley (valid driver’s License required)


The successful candidate will have:

  • PhD in environmental engineering, hydrology, land use planning, geography or related field
  • A proven list of deliverables (peer-reviewed publications, derived products)
  • Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Additional preferred qualifications include:

Demonstrated outreach/communication skills and an ability to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders

How to Apply:

To apply, send a statement of interest, a CV and the names and contact information of at least two references to Brian Rahm ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.