Postdoctoral Positions in Hydrologic Science and Water Research

University of California-Davis

Davis, CA, US



Postdoctoral Position in Linking Catchment Scale Geomorphic Processes,
Channel Morphology, and Ecohydraulics across California

The University of California, Davis and Utah State University invite applications for two postdoctoral positions with an initial 12-month appointment (with the possibility of a second year extension contingent upon: mutual agreement, satisfactory performance and the availability of funds).

The appointees will perform research on linkages between catchment terrains, river archetypes, and ecohydraulics. River corridor patterns and features such as channel bed and width undulations influence hydro-geomorphic dynamics and dependent river ecosystem functions. Prediction of these channel elements and their relationships with larger geospatial controls across a range of scales is an important scientific problem with societal ramifications.

The multi-institution project team is working with natural resource managers in the State of California to design environmental flows that support ecological processes across the diversity of hydro-geomorphic settings and river ecosystems in the region. For a region of this size, it is essential to ascertain ways of using information from data rich locations and spatial scales to inform those that are data poor using targeted data collection and appropriate modeling techniques. We have already collected reach-scale geomorphic information at nearly 1000 field sites across nine water management regions in California. In addition, California has growing airborne LiDAR coverage of river corridors for “riverscape” investigations at both high resolution and large area. The successful candidate will interact directly with diverse researchers, stakeholders, and natural resources managers.

RESPONSIBILITIES – The postdoctoral candidate(s) will:
• Use a range of numerical and statistical techniques (e.g. hydrodynamic modeling, LiDAR data processing, coding, and data-science modeling) to extract geomorphic and ecohydraulic insights that can guide development of environmental flows.
• Coordinate project meetings.
• Prepare manuscripts for publication.

• Ph.D. in Geomorphology, Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Physical Geography, or related fields.
• Proven experience with open-source computing resources as well as excellent data management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to write and publish papers.
• Willingness to collaborate and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and institutions.
• Demonstrated excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – Preference will be given to applicants with:

• Extensive knowledge in fluvial geomorphology, geospatial and statistical analysis, and computer programming are highly preferred.
• Familiarity with large datasets, and well-developed data processing skills

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The position is 100% for initial 12-month appointment (with the possibility of a second year extension contingent upon: mutual agreement, satisfactory performance and the availability of funds).

The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of
September 1, 2020 or sooner.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following:
a) a one‐page cover letter,
b) CV and
c) names and contact information of at least 3 references familiar with your work.

Email any questions to Dr. Samuel Sandoval ([email protected] ) with “Postdoctoral Positions in Hydrologic Science and Water Research” in the subject.





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