Postdoctoral Fellow I

Utah State University
Logan, Utah (US)
Commensurate with Experience
Nov 12, 2018
Dec 12, 2018
Career Level
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Requisition: E1800742
Open Date: 10/04/2018
Review Date: 11/03/2018
Job Category: Exempt
Department: Utah Water Research Laboratory
College/Unit: College of Engineering
Location: Logan Campus
Posting Duration: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:
The Utah State University (USU) Center for Colorado River Studies seeks a post-doctoral researcher to develop and test innovative alternatives to manage the Colorado River to achieve the dual goals of providing reliable water supplies and sustaining and enhancing the river's ecosystem under hydrologic and ecologic uncertainties. This position is part of a collaborative initiative to explore a wide range of future Colorado River Basin reservoir and water-supply management strategies while considering ecosystem impacts. This position offers a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to conduct new, high-impact science that informs management of a major river system.


  1. Develop new modeling approaches to identify reservoir management strategies that provide water supply and ecosystem benefits in a nonstationary future where inflows are on the decline, variable, and uncertain;
  2. Apply new modeling approaches for Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and Flaming Gorge reservoir;
  3. Work with the project PIs, an advisory committee, and collaborators to make work open, transparent, and available to stakeholders in the region.

Dept/College Highlights:
This position offers full salary support and benefits. There will also be opportunities to pursue further funding sources.
Please direct further questions about the position to Dr. David E. Rosenberg ( and Dr. John (Jack) C. Schmidt ( with the subject line “Colorado River Postdoc position”.

Along with the online application please include a Curriculum Vitae, a pdf copy of your most relevant publication, and a cover letter that highlights how your past experience will benefit the project.

Yes, come to Logan, Utah! Utah State University hosts a large, interdisciplinary, world renowned faculty spread across multiple departments and colleges. Numerous projects focus on major western U.S. Rivers. We are located 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in a stunning valley for work and play. The nearby Wasatch/Cache National Forest offers ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains. We have low housing and living costs and are short trips from Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a Ph.D. degree in engineering, natural resource management, hydrology, climatology, ecology, or a related water resources field,
  • Able to run, program, and develop, Riverware, WEAP, HEC-ResSim, or similar water resources systems simulation and optimization models,
  • Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package
Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%
Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

See for more information and to apply online.

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