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Postdoctoral Associate, ARC Applied Research Center

Florida International University
Miami, Florida (US)
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Jul 16, 2022

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Florida International University is Miami’s public research university, focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 42 top-50 rankings in the nation among public universities. FIU is a top U.S. research university (R1), with more than $200 million in annual expenditures. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit


Postdoctoral Associate, ARC Applied Research Center

The Applied Research Center is currently seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate in Hydrological and Contaminant Transport modeling to join our team of professionals:


Job Description


FIU has an opening for an enthusiastic and motivated Post-Doctoral Associate to join the Applied Research Center’s (ARC) Modeling and GIS team. We are looking for a team player that is able to conduct research on projects focused on understanding the role of hydrological variability on contaminant transport of heavy metals in current and future climate for various US Department of Energy (DOE) research site locations. This work is funded by the DOE-FIU Cooperative Agreement between the US Department of Energy and Florida International University. As such, the candidate will collaborate closely with various colleagues within ARC, FIU and at various DOE National Laboratories. The ideal candidate should: 1) be able to develop and utilize hydrological and/or contaminant transport models for environmental management and planning, 2) have coding and data management skills to handle various sources of data, 3) be able to conceptualize, organize and summarize results as part of regular reports and within the scientific literature.




  • Perform research using commercial (DHI MIKE software) and open-source (Amanzi-ATS) models of surface, subsurface and groundwater hydrology and contaminant transport; Possess coding skills (e.g. Python, R, C++) to obtain and analyze various sources of data, and evaluate/visualize in GIS Conduct field research which involves but is not limited to collection of water, soil or sediment samples; Analyze and summarize data, present at conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals; Be a team-player and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment; Train, supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; Participate in the development of proposals for additional funding in relevant research areas; Assist in the development of publications, technical reports, monthly, quarterly and year end reports; 
  • Perform other related duties as required or directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.



Required Qualifications


Post-Doctoral Associate Program is designed to recruit outstanding applicants to assist the organization in meeting its objectives. Applicant should have a Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering, environmental science, biogeochemistry, or related discipline. The position requires background and experience in hydrological and contaminant transport modeling, coding skills, as well as publications in highly respected international journals. This assignment is grant funded, and the appointment may be renewed at management’s discretion based on excellent work performance and funding availability.




Desired Qualification and Departmental Qualifications


Background/experience to interpret and work with environmental/geochemistry information and software, and/or additional experience in remote sensing is a plus




Application Information




Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 526900 at and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a pdf with the application. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by 6/18/2022.  Review will continue until the position is filled.


Inquiries and additional information on the advertised position can be obtained by reaching out to either the Hydrological Modeling and GIS team lead, Dr. Pieter Hazenberg (, or the DOE-FIU Cooperative Agreement’s Principal Investigator and ARC’s Director of Research, Dr. Leonel Lagos ( ).




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FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.










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