Postdoctoral Researcher (Landslide-glaciology-hydrology based geohazards in High Mountain Asia)

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH, United States
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We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position to study landslide-glaciology-hydrology based geohazards in High Mountain Asia. This region encompasses one of the world’s greatest watersheds, but it is also a highly active tectonic zone where big and fatal landslides triggered by earthquakes or monsoon rains often block rivers and cause downstream outburst flooding. Additionally, these rivers receive meltwater from the glaciers, which are retreating rapidly and producing abundant meltwater and creating large proglacial and supraglacial lakes. The lakes are commonly bounded by steep topography and unstable ice-cored moraine. Lake containment failures can lead to the sudden discharge of huge volumes of water and debris, which could severely impact downstream infrastructure and cause long-term secondary environmental degradation. A successful candidate is expected to study and model the dynamics of these high mountain hazards.

The appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress. The position is eligible for benefits.

Ph.D. in Earth or environmental sciences (e.g., geology, geography, geosciences, glaciology) with strong technical skills, particularly in the programming, hydro-glaciological modeling, and DEM/remote sensing data analysis (e.g., Keyhole, Corona, ASTER, Landsat, Sentinel, Planet, etc.).

Candidate must have experience using GIS (e.g., ArcGIS) and remote sensing software (Envi, ERDAS, eCognition), and ability to use HEC-RAS, FlowR, and COSI-Corr software.

Landslide-glaciology-hydrology field experience in the high altitude mountainous environment.

Publication record as lead author in peer-reviewed journals.