Postdoctoral Fellow (River and Flood Plain Modification)

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO, US

Working TitlePostdoctoral Fellow – River and Flood Plain Modification
Research Professional PositionYes
Posting Number201600896AP
Position TypeAdmin Professional/Research Professional
Number of Vacancies1
Work Hours/Week40
Proposed Annual Salary Range47500 – 60000
Desired Start Date12/01/2016
Open Until FilledYes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on11/13/2016
Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University’s environmental science and engineering research programs have been ranked No. 7 worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Colorado State University, with an enrollment of approximately 33,000 students, is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a community of approximately 156,000 people located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 65 miles (105 km) north of Denver. Fort Collins is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the USA; residents enjoy an excellent school system, an expansive park and natural area program with extensive biking, hiking and walking trails, and over 300 sunny days a year. More information about Fort Collins and Colorado State University can be obtained at and

The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at Air quality research and teaching at CSU spans several departments, including Atmospheric Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. The CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health serves to build community across these units, in addition to engaging key stakeholders so that our work produces beneficial impacts in Colorado, the U.S., and abroad.

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Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is hiring a full-time annual-contract Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct research aimed at understanding the impacts of river and floodplain modifications on hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological processes. The position is based at the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center ( in Fort Collins, CO.

The successful candidate will collaborate on research to identify national trends and relationships between water management and shifts in hydro-ecological processes, such as links between levee construction, dam operations, channel modifications, floodplain inundation, riparian habitat, and wetland loss. The researcher will work closely with Dr. Ryan Morrison at Colorado State University and Dr. Quan Dong at the U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center.

Required Job Qualifications

(1) PhD degree in hydrologic sciences, water resources engineering, geomorphology, ecology, or a closely related field;
(2) Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS 10.x;
(3) Proficiency in a scripting language commonly used for data analyses, such as R or Matlab;
(4) Success in publishing scientific research in peer-reviewed literature;
(5) Strong presentation skills; and
(6) Experience working both independently and in a team.

Preferred Job Qualifications

(1) Experience in geospatial analysis, environmental flows, and/or hydrodynamic modeling;
(2) Record of research using national-scale datasets;
(3) Strong statistical background;
(4) Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
(5) Experience mentoring graduate students.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty CategoryResearch

Collaborate on research to identify national trends and relationships between water management and shifts in hydro-ecological processes, such as links between levee construction, dam operations, channel modifications, floodplain inundation, riparian habitat, and wetland loss

Percentage Of Time75
Job Duty CategoryAnalysis

Analysis of research findings – quarterly written reports for USGS as project sponsor on status. Reports will be used to make decisions regarding river and flood plain modifications.

Percentage Of Time25

Application Details

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search ContactKarleene Schindler
EEO Statement

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