Post Doctoral Research Associate (Hydroclimatology)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA, United States 🇺🇸

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:
UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the areas of in hydroclimatology, surface water hydrology, climate science, and the evaluation of climate change impacts in the Northeast Climate Science Center and/or the CEE Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The selected researcher(s) will join an active group of faculty, post-docs and graduate students engaged in research projects funded by the Department of Interior, NOAA, and the Nature Conservancy. He/she will be engaged in one or more areas, including the development of surface water hydrology models, assessments and interpretations of global and regional climate models applied to the Northeastern and Midwestern region of the US, engagement with natural resource stakeholders in defining climate-related research topics, and using structured decision making approaches to address climate change.

Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, water resources, hydrogeology, geosciences, or related field, with specialization in
Skills in programming, high performance supercomputing and data management,
Knowledge of statistical methods, dynamical and statistical downscaling, physical hydrology,
Ability to write scientific papers and project reports,
Ability to travel to project research meetings and give scientific presentations at national meetings

Additional Information:
The successful candidate(s) will be supervised by Dr. Richard Palmer ([email protected]) or other members of the Northeast Climate Science Center (

Starting salary is expected to be $55,000 but will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The positions will initially be for one year and may be extended for up to three years, dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Please apply online at and submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, the names and email addresses of three professional references.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.