Post Doctoral Fellow II (Research linkages between catchment terrains, river archetypes, and ecohydraulics)

Utah State University

Logan, UT, US


Utah State University invites applications for a postdoctoral position with an initial 12-month appointment to research 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. Start date is ASAP.


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 over 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 postdoctoral candidate 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. The successful candidate will interact directly with diverse researchers, stakeholders, and natural resources managers.


  • Candidates must have a PhD in Geomorphology, Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Physical Geography, or related fields.
  • Extensive knowledge in fluvial geomorphology, geospatial and statistical analysis, and computer programming are highly preferred.
  • Proven experience with open-source computing resources as well as excellent data management skills and a journal publication track record are also desired.
  • Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • Salary and employee benefits will conform to the terms of the UC system-wide postdoctoral scholars’ union.
  • There are over 1,000 postdocs at UC Davis, providing a diverse, vibrant community of scholars.
  • Applicants must supply evidence of eligibility to work in the US and the duration of that eligibility.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. CV to be uploaded in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”

2. A sample publication to be uploaded in the candidate profile under “Other documents”

3. Contact information for 2-3 references to be provided in the candidate profile

4. Research Statement: describing your previous research contributions, current interests, and how these align with Dr. Lane’s research and the position topic (max 2 pages)to be typed/pasted during your application under “Research Statement”


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

Advertised Salary

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

USU is a highly collaborative community and a true research hub for water and river science,

Great facilities, equipment, and a wealth of expertise are available. Set in Northern Utah, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


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