Postdoctoral Fellow (Alpine Watershed Modeling)

Reno, NV, US

Position Information


Posting NumberF036
Position TitlePostdoctoral Fellow, Alpine Watershed Modeling
LocationReno, NV
Position Summary

The Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Alpine Watershed Modeling to link seasonally variable streamflow age distributions to the timing and mass flux of water and solute from an intensively monitored snow-dominated watershed. Analyses will combine field observations (snowpack, stream and groundwater flow and solute transport), particle paths from a high resolution integrated hydrologic model, and novel analytical techniques for computing time-variable travel time distributions using multiple tracers.

The position will work with Dr. Rosemary Carroll and Dr. Rina Schumer (DRI), Dr. Chris Green (USGS), and collaborators at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and University of Nevada, Reno as well as local and regional water managers and stakeholders in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

The position is located in Reno, Nevada and will include field work and meetings in Crested Butte, CO. The fellowship provides two years of salary coverage contingent upon successful progress in year 1 and include 15% release time to pursue independent research. The start date for this position will be no later than January 15, 2017.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in hydrology or related discipline from an accredited institution, PhD’s conferred by December 31, 2016 will also be considered
  • Expertise and interest in hydrology, meteorology, and environmental science
  • Programing knowledge in Python, R or Matlab
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research
  • Ability to develop research proposals and participate in grant writing and peer reviewed publications.
  • Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in isotope hydrology
  • Experience in integrated hydrologic modeling
Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements
  • The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Must have the ability and willingness to travel in the western United States, work in inclement weather conditions for extended periods, and lift heavy equipment and samples (50 lbs.)
Salary Information

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of two years, depending on continuation of funding) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding.
This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview: Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits.

Note to Applicants

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.