Postdoctoral Scholar in Watershed and Water Quality Modeling

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar (Watershed and Water Quality Modeling)

Department: FAES | Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University (OSU). The postdoc will lead application and source code improvement for watershed modeling in the western Lake Erie basin using an existing Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model. The primary research focus for this position will be to implement parameter and source code modifications for improving (1) the model representation of legacy phosphorus (P) transport processes, (2) the theoretical framework of P transport through soil and tile drainage pathways, and (3) calibration and validation using field- and watershed-scale observed data. The selected candidate will work under projects funded by the USDA and in partnership with USDA Agricultural Research Service and research collaborators at multiple institutions.

In addition to leading modeling efforts, the postdoc will be expected to disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publication and presentation at professional meetings. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop new research ideas within the broader context of the project. This is a term position subject to annual renewals based on availability of funding. The position will be located on the Columbus, Ohio campus. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Vinayak Shedekar, Research Scientist of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. by date of hire with a strong academic background in agricultural engineering, ecological engineering, environmental engineering, hydrology, or closely related field
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed manuscripts

Required skills

  • Experience using and modifying the source code of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as FORTRAN, R, MATLAB, Python
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary teams and mentor students

How to apply: Electronically submit a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references via the OSU careers site: / We will begin to review applications on 7/14/22.

Application deadline will be 7/31/22, ideal start date is 8/15/22. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Vinayak Shedekar (   

Additional Information:

Duty Description:

70% FTE: Improve theoretical framework of watershed model based on laboratory studies and validate the framework using observed field-scale data

30 % FTE: Prepare research papers and manuscripts for submission, publication, and presentation at conferences, workshops and participate in the proposal writing/submission

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By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

Location: Agricultural Engineering Building (0298)

Position Type: Term (Fixed Term)

Scheduled Hours: 40

Shift: First Shift

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.  A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

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