Post-Doctoral Associate (Assessing Hydrologic Conditions using Remote Sensing Techniques)

University of Minnesota

Twin Cities, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 352737

Location: Twin Cities

Job Family: Academic

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Code: 9546

Employee Class: Acad Prof and Admin

About the Job


  • Primary location St. Paul Campus:
    • (90%) St. Paul Campus
    • (10%) Remote work at field/research sites
  • Remote work MAY be a possibility.

Job Duties
The University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team using remote sensing techniques in order to assess hydrologic conditions necessary to support cold water fisheries in Great Lakes region trout streams.  The team consists of members from the University of Minnesota, Trout Unlimited, and multiple federal agencies.

The postdoctoral associate will use quantitative methods to identify priority cold water fish refugia for restoration and/or protection in the White River Watershed (Michigan). This will primarily be done via analysis of remote sensing and other field data collected by partners. Depending on the skillset of the associate, the individual will also lead writing a review of current literature and/or conduct further geospatial and hydrologic analysis related to cold water refugia of importance in the Great Lakes region.  The associate will conduct at least one field visit to the site, attend and present at scientific meetings (~2 per year), collaborate with the project team to disseminate findings to stakeholders through participation in meetings; webinars; short, recorded videos; etc.

Research will be supervised by Dr. Diana Karwan in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, will have regular collaborative work with partners at Trout Unlimited and federal agencies, and receive collective mentoring across the team.

Approximate breakdown of duties on an annual basis:

  • Data analysis (60%)
  • Manuscript / Report/  Presentation Preparation (30%)
  • Field site visit / assist with data collection (10%)

Required Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in hydrology, environmental science, natural resources, conservation sciences, or a closely related field by the time of appointment with a background in one or more of the following areas of study: watershed hydrology, or community and/or landscape ecology with exposure to hydrology. 
  • Candidates must have a familiarity with environmental remote sensing data analysis, and/or groundwater-surface water exchange in support of cold water fish habit, as well as familiarity with hydrologic response to climate change.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate experience in scientific writing and communication with scientific and/or resource management audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a varied mix of internal and external partners from diverse communities and cultures using tact, diplomacy, initiative, and sound judgment.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Applications must include the following: (1) detailed CV/resume that details how the applicant meets each of the required and preferred qualifications of the position; (2) cover letter that describes the applicant’s interest in the position (1 page). Combine both parts of the application into a single document before uploading. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

In instances where the Search Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

This position will remain open until filled.

Application review will begin immediately and occur on an ongoing basis until filled.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Diana Karwan ([email protected]). If you need assistance with the application process, please contact Amber Grupe ([email protected]).

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.