Postdoctoral Position in Ecogeomorphology of Mountain River Archetypes in California

Postdoctoral Position in Ecogeomorphology of Mountain River Archetypes in California

The University of California, Davis invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position to research mountain river archetypes, including interdisciplinary ecological, hydrological, geomorphic, and hydraulic considerations. The project team is working with the State of California on designing environmental flows for the diversity of hydrogeomorphic settings in the region. River archetypes support different ecological functions, so the nexus among flow regime, river morphology, and ecological functions is essential to the real-world problem. It is also at the forefront of topics in basic integrated river science and water resources management. The project will involve some field work depending on the skills and interests of the successful applicant, but primarily a combination of computational tasks using existing datasets, including multivariate statistics, river corridor terrain analysis, synthetic terrain design, flow regime analysis, ecohydraulic modeling, and ecological function analysis. Some of these tasks will be facilitated by teamwork with students and colleagues. The field settings include the Eel and Sacramento Rivers.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research, the successful candidate will receive training as needed to supplement their initial capabilities. The successful candidate will interact with diverse researchers and stakeholders in academia and state agencies. Candidates must have a PhD in Physical Geography, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Ecology, Geology, Applied Math, Statistics or related field. Proven experience with multivariate statistics, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (preferably R and Python) is preferred. Excellent data management skills and a journal publication track record are preferred. Salary and employee benefits will conform to the terms of the UC system-wide postdoctoral scholars union. There are over 1,000 postdocs at UC Davis, providing a diverse, vibrant community of scholars.

The application deadline is June 1, 2017. There is some flexibility with the start date, ranging from July 15 to September 15, 2017. Please send curriculum vitae and contact information for three academic or professional references to Professor Greg Pasternack by e-mail to UC Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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