Postdoctoral Research Associate in Coastal Hydrology

Northeastern University

Nahant, MA, USA 🇺🇸

About the Opportunity

Job Summary

The Water Resources Ecohydrology Lab ( at Northeastern University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar in coastal hydrology. The Lab seeks to better understand how watersheds function as systems with interactions among meteorological forcing, geologic setting, and ecological process; and how these systems affect critical water resources in a changing climate. To do so, we use state-of-the-science computational watershed and ecological simulators which are constrained with novel field and remotely-sensed measurements including stable isotope measurements and spatial-pattern calibration approaches. Current projects focus on the partitioning of rain and snow to streamflow and evapotranspiration in mountain environments, groundwater-vegetation feedbacks at watershed scales in a changing climate, and watershed responses to disturbances including extreme storms and wildfire.

The successful candidate will co-design and carry out a research project focused on the links between watershed hydrology and saltwater intrusion in coastal systems, and the effects of such on critical coastal water resources. The project will use computational simulations constrained with measurements to build new understanding of coastal watershed function; the details of the computational models to be used and simulations to be run will be decided on jointly by the candidate and supervisor. The selected candidate will further help build infrastructure for future coastal hydrology modeling in the lab to enable future projects focused on this critical interface. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with others at Northeastern University, particularly in the Departments of Marine & Environmental Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. They may also collaborate with others across Boston’s many world-class Universities. They will further have the opportunity to mentor and learn from current and future lab members.

Key Responsibilites

-Design, conduct, and analyze computational and field experiments in

collaboration with PI and other lab members

-Communicate research findings through papers, presentations, and

other methods

-Secure future funding opportunities for the lab and self through grant

and job applications

-Mentor and instruct undergraduate and graduate students

-Assist with laboratory and computer system management


Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. to start the position. We encourage candidates from a broad variety of backgrounds in relevant fields (e.g., hydrology, earth science, ecology, geography, civil/environmental engineering) to apply. Ideal candidates will have research experience, a passion for learning and scientific exploration, and a commitment to equity and inclusion. A positive attitude and the ability to work both independently and part of a team are required.


This position is fully funded with a competitive stipend for two years, and includes computational resources, field equipment, and funding for conference travel, as well as generous benefits. The successful candidate will be based in the Nahant Campus of Northeastern with a beautiful setting in the Massachusetts Bay.

Need more information?

Northeastern Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences:

Northeastern Civil & Environmental Engineering:

Northeastern Facts & Figures:

Questions can be directed to [email protected]. Prospective candidates are encouraged to email to express their interest and discuss potential research projects.

Position Type: Research

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.  

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information. 

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see





You ad could be here!