Postdoc Opportunity: Evolution of Arctic Hydrology and Geomorphology, Los Alamos National Lab

Evolution of Arctic Hydrology and Geomorphology

Detailed Description: This is a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Earth and Environmental Science Division, with the possibility of extension for a 3rd
year depending on available funding and performance. The postdoc will work on a project focused on the evolution of Arctic hydrology and geomorphology under changing climate, and their role in controlling the rate, timing and magnitude of terrestrial carbon
and energy fluxes in the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. The postdoc will have the opportunity to carry out and integrate field observations, remote sensing analysis, and prediction of thermal-hydro-mechanical processes. Her/his
hydrologic and geomorphic observations and analyses will be integrated with other research efforts in geophysical subsurface characterization, vegetation dynamics, the carbon cycle and energy balance, to advance understanding of climate impacts and feedbacks
in the terrestrial Arctic. The ultimate goal of the research is to improve representation of Arctic processes in IPCC-class Earth System Models.

Minimum Job Requirements: The project requires a candidate with strong hydrological and/or geomorphological field observation skills including designing and planning field campaigns, deploying field instrumentation
and analyzing and publishing field data. Proficiency programing and performing data analysis using tools such as C++, python, Matlab, IDL, ENVI, R or GIS is required. Ability to carry out physically demanding field research in semi-remote, challenging terrain
and weather conditions. Work within the requirements of a well defined safety plan.

Desired Skills: The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following: The ability and desire to work as a member of a team; scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of first-author
papers in refereed journals; strong communication skills; prior research experience in Arctic terrestrial environments; remote sensing analysis and GIS experience.

Education: A Ph.D. in hydrology, geomorphology, ecohydrology, computational geosciences or closely related field.

Notes to Applicant: Send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to Cathy Wilson at Please include “Arctic Hydrology Postdoc†in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intent of choosing a successful applicant by
May 15, 2015. Recommended start timeframe: Summer or Fall, 2015.

Job Location: Located in the mountains of northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL
enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global
security concerns.

Additional Details 

Pre-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Candidates may be considered
for a Director’s Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information to the Postdoc Program go to

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from the broadest possible range of qualified
candidates. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such
an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-5627.

Cathy J. Wilson, PhD
Atmosphere, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Team Leader

Earth and Environmental Sciences Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
MS J495, Los Alamos, NM 87545
Office: (505) 667-0202

Cell: (505) 695-5576

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