Postdoc in Hydrology and Earth Sciences

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Pasadena, CA, US

Job Details

Job ID: 12305

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers- literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission- your opportunity- is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is currently seeking a postdoctoral candidate in the Terrestrial Hydrology Group, Earth Science Section. The research will involve exploring components of the water cycle and using various datasets from satellite remote sensing, in situ, or reanalysis. The emphasis will be on hydrology of tropical regions including major river basins. The Postdoctoral Scholar will build the framework for assessing global to basin-scale hydrologic changes, interact with GPM and GRACE science team members, and publish scientific papers on the developed framework and results. Dr. JT Reager will serve as the JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature, and will also work with the project team at JPL as well as external collaborators.


Candidates should possess a recent Ph.D. in sciences with a unique background in hydrology, remote sensing, computer programming, ability in handling large datasets, and a demonstrated record of first-author publications. Past experience in using precipitation from satellite (such as those used in the Global Precipitation Measurement mission; GPM) and total water storage from the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) is important. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years. Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests. The position will remain open until filled, with a desired (but not required) start date of September 2020.