Modeling River Biogeochemical Processes from a Coupled Earth-Human System Perspective

University of Houston

Houston, TX, US

One full-time Postdoctoral Researcher Position is now available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIVE) at the University of Houston (UH). The position is initially for 2 years with a possibility of extension (the 2nd year is conditioned on progress in the 1st year).

Summary: The successful candidate will contribute to the code development and parameterization of riverine biogeochemical (BGC) processes into the Model for Scale Adaptive River Transport (MOSART), which has been adopted by the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM) as their riverine component. E3SM, the primary platform for our future model development and testing, is undergoing significant extensions, including integrated human system dynamics such as reservoir operation, landuse/landcover change, etc. 

Specific responsibilities include: Further testing and improving carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous modules within MOSART; developing and implementing effective parameterization scheme for riverine BGC processes over the watershed, regional and global scales; conducting regional or global simulations; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials; and communicating research at professional meetings.

The successful applicant will be working with an interdisciplinary team including Dr. Hong-Yi Li ([email protected]) and the scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric science, hydrology, fluid dynamics, environmental engineering, applied mathematics and physics, or a closely related field. Research background in river, coastal, lake or wetland biogeochemistry modeling and analysis is required. Strong programing skills (e.g., Fortran, or C in the Linux environment) and prior experience in supercomputing or earth system modeling is highly preferred, as the applicant will be working routinely in the high-performance computing environment. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory. The appointment is two years (renewed annually) and may be extended, contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research.

Starting Date: Ideal starting time is June 1, 2020, but can be flexible if needed. The position is open till filled.

Application Process: To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Hong-Yi Li ([email protected]). All requested information must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed. Applicants will be immediately reviewed upon receiving the application while the search may continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact: Dr. Hong-Yi Li ([email protected]).

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