Postdoctoral Research Associate on Post-wildfire Sedimentation Risks

Utah State University

Logan, UT, USA 🇺🇸


This post-doctoral research position (Postdoctoral Fellow I) will work within Patrick Belmont’s research group to advance and apply a mathematical model to predict post-wildfire sedimentation risks and communicate about those risks with relevant stakeholders.


The successful candidate will: 1) take a leadership role in developing and implementing our post-wildfire sedimentation mathematical model, in close collaboration with Principal Investigators across our interdisciplinary research team (Patrick Belmont, Brendan Murphy, Larissa Yocom, Jon Czuba, Belize Lane, Scott David), as well as associated postdocs, students, and staff; 2) publish one to two lead-author papers related to our research group’s ongoing wildfire research program and contribute to additional co-authored publications with members of the research team; 3) be able to summarize and communicate results to a wide variety of stakeholders via web-based forums, stakeholder meetings, presentations, etc.; 4) provide mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students associated with the project. The position is intended to be for two years, with renewal for the second year contingent on performance and funding.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in relevant field (Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Civil or Environmental Engineering, etc.)
  • Familiarity with sediment transport, hydrologic and geomorphic processes, and ideally experience with post-wildfire landscapes
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and coding in Python, Matlab, and/or R
  • Familiarity with multivariate statistics
  • Relevant experience in data architecture, systems modeling, and database management

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 

2. Up to three peer-reviewed publications to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

3. Research Statement to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

4. Three professional references

5. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum $47,000; commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The S. J. & Jessie E.Quinneyy College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with over $15M in research funding annually, 55 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies.  

The Department of Watershed Sciences inQCNRR is a powerhouse in the science of ‘wet’ ecosystems, including rivers, lakes, wetlands, reservoirs, and the watersheds that feed them. Faculty are committed to making science useful for planning, management and restoration efforts, and are well-positioned to study and solve complex, interdisciplinary problems with a cadre of ecologists, hydrologists,geomorphologistss,biogeochemistss, and others. 

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  

As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  

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About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 

*updated 7/2023

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