National and Regional Applications of Hydrologic Landscape Maps and Climate Vulnerability Analyses

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) c/o US EPA
US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab, Western Ecology Div., Corvallis, OR
$63,816 per year total compensation
Jul 27, 2017
Aug 26, 2017
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development/National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory. This appointment will be served with the Western Ecology Division (WED) in Corvallis, OR.

WED scientists have developed hydrologic landscapes (HLs) for Oregon and the three state Pacific Northwest region. HLs classify the landscape into units of similar hydrologic function. The HL approach is now being applied to the six western states, and to the conterminous US. HLs are useful for predicting how well lumped and distributed rainfall-runoff models fit discharge data, and for predicting presence of cold water fish habitat. The Oregon HL data have been combined with climate simulations to examine streamflow vulnerability associated with climate change. A climate change vulnerability analysis has been conducted using historical data and future climate scenarios. This post-doctoral opportunity will focus on further development of the HL vulnerability analysis methodology and development of national and regional applications. Examples of applications are applying the HLs to understand water quality effects of wildfire in the Pacific Northwest and using the vulnerability analysis to develop expected changes in biological condition gradients in the Puget Sound region. The participant may also:

  • Finalize the development of HL maps for the conterminous US;
  • Use HL change and vulnerability maps to assess the effects of climate change on hydrology and water quality;
  • Combine HL and other geospatial data to address environmental issues.

The participant will learn to develop, pilot and implement approaches for applying hydrologic classification and climate change data at national and regional scales to address vulnerabilities to water resources. The participant will further develop expertise in spatial analysis using large regional datasets. The participant will have access to a team of experts collaborating in and across disciplines on problems of crucial importance to EPA’s mission. He/she will conduct scientific synthesis, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and literature searches, and may be involved in developing research summaries and other communications for technical and nontechnical audiences.

Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, water resources, or related field with a strong background in spatial analysis and statistics, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start date. Experience in spatial analyses at broad spatial scales and use of climate change data is desired.

The desired start date for this appointment is September 15, 2017 but is flexible. The full project description can be found at

This post-doc appointment is not an EPA position; it is funded through the Oakridge/ORISE program.  Applications must be submitted through the Zintellect website (  Questions on the application process should be addressed to ORISE at  Technical questions concerning the position can be addressed to