Postdoctoral Research Associate - Watershed Modeling

Bloomington, Indiana
Aug 29, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
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The Department of Geography at Indiana University – Bloomington is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position in watershed modeling in the lab of Dr. Darren Ficklin. The overall goal of the National Science Foundation funded project is to develop techniques that integrate citizen science-derived streamflow and stream temperature data with a Boyne River hydrologic model. Specifically, this research is designed to fully integrate citizen participation in the development of a real-time stream discharge, temperature, and aquatic species habitat modeling framework. Through the use of citizen-based observations of streamflow and stream temperature, this approach will demonstrate how citizen-derived observations can contribute to forecasts of stream discharge, stream temperature, and identification of freshwater fish habitat.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic model on high-performance parallel computing systems. In addition to having experience with SWAT, applicants should have experience with Linux and programming languages such as R, Matlab, or Python and also be able to measure streamflow discharge in the field. The postdoc will also be encouraged to develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with ecologists, hydrologists, and sustainability specialists at Indiana University, Saint Louis University, and the University at Buffalo. Additional information can be requested by emailing Dr. Darren Ficklin at
The position is available for 1.5 years. The earliest start date is November 15, 2017; however, a later start date is negotiable (but no later than January 1, 2018). All applications must be made online at and include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. In addition, please send versions of these files to Dr. Darren Ficklin at with the words “Watershed modeling position” in the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. In order to be assured of full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by October 1, 2017.

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