Post-Doctoral Researcher

Utah State University

Logan, UT, US

Postdoctoral Fellow I
Utah Water Research Laboratory
College of Engineering
Logan Campus
Open Until Filled

The Utah State University (USU) Center for Colorado River Studies seeks a post-doctoral researcher to develop and test innovative alternatives to manage the Colorado River to achieve the dual goals of providing reliable water supplies and sustaining and enhancing the River’s ecosystem.  This two-year position is part of a collaborative initiative to explore a wide range of future Colorado River Basin reservoir and water-supply management strategies while considering ecosystem impacts. This position offers a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to conduct cutting edge, high-impact science that informs management of a major river system.

  1. Develop a range of possible management strategies concerning how water is stored in Lakes Mead and Powell and use the existing Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) model to evaluate the water supply reliability of each strategy;
  2. Develop alternative management strategies to store water in Flaming Gorge reservoir and other Colorado River Storage Project units. Identify how water storage in those reservoirs can be linked with storage in Lakes Mead and Powell during extended droughts;
  3. Extend modeling capabilities within CRSS to include predicted sediment mass balances and river temperatures downstream from reservoirs under different operating rules and different scenarios of climate change;
  4. Develop and test reservoir management strategies for their impacts on downstream water temperature and sediment mass balance;
  5. Identify reservoir, diversion, water conservation, and other operations that can improve water system reliability and enhance river ecosystems and endangered species recovery; and,
  6. Work with the project PIs, an advisory committee, and collaborators to make work open, transparent, and available to stakeholders in the region.

This position offers up to two years of full salary support and benefits. There will also be opportunities to pursue further funding sources.

Please direct further questions about the position to Dr. David E. Rosenberg ([email protected]) and Dr. John (Jack) C. Schmidt ([email protected]) with the subject line “Colorado River Postdoc position”. 

Along with the online application please include a Curriculum Vitae, a pdf copy of your most relevant publication, and a cover letter that highlights how your past experience will benefit the project. 

Yes, come to Logan, Utah! Utah State University hosts a large, interdisciplinary, world renowned faculty spread across multiple departments and colleges.  Numerous projects focus on major western U.S. Rivers. We are located 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in a stunning valley for work and play. The nearby Wasatch/Cache National Forest offers ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains. We have low housing and living costs and are short trips from Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Aches, Capitol Reef, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a PhD degree in engineering, natural resource management, hydrology, climatology, ecology, or a related water resources field,
  • Able to run, program, and develop CRSS, Riverware, or similar water resources systems simulation and optimization models,
  • Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Full-Time w/benefits package
Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Cover Letter, Other, Resume/CV
Please include a PDF copy of your most relevant publication. In your cover letter please highlight how your past experiences will benefit the project.
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses
Use of fingers (e.g. typing),Extended sitting
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions, in books, manuals, and mathematical or diagrammatic form. Deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.
Expression of a level to communicate fluently with clients/customers and others to obtain and provide complex information. Vocalize and explain detailed and problem-solve, both in-person and by telephone. Capable of interpretation of technical materials, oral presentation of reports and able to adapt vocabulary, tone and content for listener.
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.