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Postdoctoral Research: Characterizing watershed-scale surface water storage effects on water quality and quantity

We are excited to share a second postdoctoral research opportunity to investigate, characterize, and quantify (via statistical, geospatial, and/or hydrological models) the role of landscape surface water storage features (e.g., wetlands, floodplains) and their associated hydrological and biogeochemical functions on downstream water quality. This competitive postdoctoral opportunity is with Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education and is located at US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, Ohio. This position will complement the postdoctoral research position posted earlier this spring (now closed), for which we’re currently reviewing candidates.

Application period ends at 3:00 PM ET on July 18th, 2019. Please share with those who may be interested.




Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) in association with EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) announces a postdoctoral research opportunity collaborating with a team of EPA/ORD research scientists to characterize (via statistical, geospatial, and/or process-based models) the role of landscape surface water storage features and their associated hydrological and biogeochemical functions on downstream water quality and quantity.

Many of the nation’s waterways remain affected by excess nutrients, which leads to harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and poor ecological condition and drinking water quality. The focus of this research will be on quantifying how landscape surface water features (e.g., natural, restored, and constructed wetlands and floodplain systems) remove nutrients and attenuate flooding at large watershed scales. The research will be implemented using state-of-the-science “big data” (monitored gage data analysis and synthesis, geospatial and remote-sensing applications) coupled with advanced statistical, geostatistical, and/or process-based watershed modeling approaches. The work will concentrate on watersheds vulnerable to harmful algal blooms and used for surface water supplies and recreational activities.

The preferred candidate should have a Ph.D. in hydrology, ecology, geography, environmental or civil engineering, or another related discipline, and experience and knowledge in watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry applicable for watershed, landscape-scale, and/or surface water analyses, as well as: (1) Demonstrated skill in one or more of the following focal research areas: a) Advanced statistical methods, b) Geostatistical modeling, or c) Process-based modeling experience (e.g., Soil and Water assessment Tool); (2) Experience with GIS/remote-sensing software and applications; (3) Proficiency with scripting (e.g., Python, R, SAS) languages.

The candidate is expected to join our productive and enthusiastic research team of watershed hydrologists, biogeochemists, and systems ecologists this fall for a two to three-year postdoctoral research appointment.

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Feel free to reach out with any questions: Dr. Charles Lane (, Dr. Jay Christensen (, and/or Dr. Heather Golden (


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