UMaine Flagship Postdoctoral Research Associate: Watershed Process and Estuary Sustainability Research Group

University of Maine

Orono, ME, USA 🇺🇸

Position Title: UMaine Flagship Postdoctoral Research Associate: Watershed Process and Estuary Sustainability Research Group (id:82900)

Campus: Orono

Department: School of Earth and Climate Sciences – OERS

Bargaining Unit: UMPSA

Salary Band/Wage Band: N/A

Location: Orono ME

Statement of the Job:

Facilitate, coordinate, and engage in rigorous, collaborative research partnerships involving faculty and staff associated with the Watershed Process and Estuary Sustainability (WPES) Research Group. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will advance their individual professional development as a researcher and scholar while contributing to the large research goals of the WPES team. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for liaising with allied government, non-profit, and industry partners. They will be expected to contribute to the broad research and service missions of the University while advancing the specific research program of the WPES and the partnering government agencies and organizations. Principal duties of the position will include: a) participation in research activities related to watershed geomorphology, spatial analyses, climate change, and land-sea connections in varied physiographic settings, b) scholarly contributions to manuscripts, technical reports, and website content, and c) service on grant writing teams. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have a substantial role in science communication and stakeholder engagement related to WPES research activities.

The WPES Research Group at the University of Maine is a multidisciplinary interdepartmental research team of faculty, students, and professionals that collaborate on research projects focused on developing science-based solutions to watershed and estuary management problems. WPES affiliates are involved in collaborative research projects inspired by societal demands for science-based, stakeholder-guided solutions to modern watershed, lake, river, stream, and coastal estuary problems. The research activities typically focus on the identification and quantification of watershed and estuary characteristics and the landscape processes, human activities, and climate conditions affecting their dynamics. End goals of the research are framed around the development of new knowledge, strategies for adaptation of knowledge into management actions, and/or management decision tools that natural resource managers, engineers, public safety and health professionals, and communities can use in practical natural resource management applications. WPES projects therefore include the influence of multiple disciplines such as geomorphology, hydrology, biology, sociology, and civil engineering. Given the stakeholder motivations for most of our projects, we put substantial effort into science communication.

Typical hiring range for this one-year, fixed-length position is $50,000 to $65,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Complete Job Description

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



  • A completed Ph.D. in a discipline related to Earth science, geography, or civil engineering from an accredited institution by the appointment date.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and proven experience working effectively with faculty and graduate students.
  • Detailed familiarity with spatial data analysis methods and tools (e.g. ArcGIS Pro, Global Mapper), scripting languages compatible with landscape and watershed analyses (e.g. Python, R)
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and planning skills.


  • Evident potential for scholarly productivity.
  • Demonstration of advanced skills in watershed-related research and landscape analyses.
  • Potential for securing external funding to support research.
  • Potential to contribute to academic program administration and development at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Potential for community engagement through research and service at local, state, or national levels.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: October 4, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 9, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 11, 2023
Tentative start date: October 23, 2023

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Sean Smith at

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Length: Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents: Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV





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