Post-doctoral fellow

Austin, Texas
Apr 25, 2019
May 25, 2019
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The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting new or recent Ph.D. scientists for a postdoctoral fellowship position focused on groundwater/surface interactions and urban watershed evolution and how these processes can be captured in integrated hydrologic models. This position is part of a campus-wide research initiative on future statewide resilience with support from multiple research and academic units across UT Austin. This position will focus on water resources in upland and urban centers and ways to improve our process understanding and parameterization for future projections.

Position: Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions and Urban Watershed Evolution

We are interested in outstanding postdoctoral fellowship applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Formal training in Earth sciences or engineering; numerical modeling experience highly valued.
  • Research experience in surface and near-surface hydrology, geochemistry, soil physics, hyporeic environments in upland and urban settings, and/or ecohydrology
  • Computational proficiency across an array of tools and platforms and processes is preferred. 
  • Experience in running simulations in parallel or in HPC environments is a plus. 
  • Practical experience in applied problem solving is a plus. 

The position will support a new broad research initiative at the University of Texas at Austin called Planet Texas 2050 ( The goals of Planet Texas 2050 are to improve our understanding of the synergistic impacts of climate change and rapid population growth on availability and equitable distribution of Texas’ vital resources, especially water resources and particularly surface water. Currently, river systems of interest include the Brazos and Colorado Rivers in central Texas and their tributaries, but other systems are vital too. Underpinning these research goals is the need to connect hydrologic data and understanding to an integrated modeling platform that will help build scenarios for Texas’ 21st century urban centers. The successful candidate is expected to lead in data integration and field data collection with a focus on central Texas, and then to integrate these data into other components of the hydrologic cycle, including groundwater and soil moisture.  We anticipate significant interest on the parts of state agencies, industries, and municipalities in Texas who will rely on stable future water supplies. As part of the Planet Texas 2050 initiative, the candidate will have substantial opportunities to collaborate with existing and new faculty, researchers, and students across the UT Austin campus and beyond. 

Austin is often on the list of top places to live in the U.S. The Jackson School of Geosciences is one of the top ranked programs in the US for geosciences, and #8 in computer sciences. The Texas Advanced Computing Center designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources and technologies to enable discoveries that advance science and society. This position is grant funded and has the potential to continue depending on funding and the potential to transition into a permanent Research-track position at UT Austin.

Please send a resume/CV, a short expression of interest and names of 3 references to:

Michael Young, Bureau of Economic Geology (

Jay Banner, Department of Geological Sciences (;

Suzanne Pierce, Texas Advanced Computing Center (

Review of applicants will begin on May 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. This position will be based in the Texas Advanced Computing Center and in the Department of Geological Sciences on UT Austin’s main campus. The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected.