Published: April 8, 2019

We are excited to share a new 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) and their associated hydrological and biogeochemical functions on downstream water quality. This competitive, three-year postdoctoral opportunity is with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Application period ends May 2nd, 2019. Please share with those who may be interested.


Many of the nation’s waterways remained affected by excess nutrients, which leads to harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, poor ecological condition and drinking-water quality. The focus of this research will be on identifying and characterizing landscape surface water features (e.g. natural, restored, and constructed wetlands and floodplain systems) that remove nutrients prior to reaching downstream surface waters and quantifying how surface water storage contributes to watershed-scale nutrient conditions. The research will be implemented using state-of-the-science combined “big data” (monitored gage-data analysis and synthesis, geospatial and remote-sensing applications) and watershed-modeling approaches (e.g. advanced statistical and/or process-based) to identify prioritized areas within large, regional-scale watersheds with the greatest effect in reducing nutrient runoff to surface-waters. A focus will be on areas vulnerable to harmful algal blooms and used for surface-water supplies and recreational activities.

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, hydrology, geography, environmental science, or a related discipline. S/he will have experience in (1) watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry; (2) watershed modeling; (3) advanced numerical and/or statistical methods for surface-water and landscape-scale analyses; (4) GIS/remote-sensing software and applications; and (5) scripting (e.g. Python, R) and/or coding (e.g. C++, Java, FORTRAN) language.

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

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


Additional EPA Postdoctoral opportunities can be see at the following two links: