Post Doctoral Research Associate - Environmental Water Resources Engineering

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Civil & Environ Engineering
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate focusing on how climate change will alter aquatic flows in streams and rivers across the country and how climate information can be further incorporated into aquatic ecosystem management. This position is part of the Future of Aquatic Flows cohort. The specific project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that is associated with this position is titled “A data-driven framework to inform projections of aquatic flows in the Northeast”.

A total of nine post-doctoral positions are available, one at each regional Climate Adaptation Science Center, as two-year appointments. We are searching for one position at this University.


Essential Functions

  • Development of project research goals through innovative ideas and approaches.
  • Development of a data-driven framework for hydroclimatic modeling including preparation of documentation and instructional material.
  • Implementation and analysis of case studies to demonstrate use of scientific machine learning in providing climate change information.
  • Communication and needs assessment of Northeast stakeholders, interaction with other post-doctoral researchers in the Climate Adaptation Fellows cohort, and participation in research group meetings.
  • Preparation and presentation of research papers and reports at national and international scientific meetings. Presentation of occasional lectures and seminars, as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geosciences, Water Resources, Forest Resources, or related field.
  • Demonstrated programming and data management skills, knowledge of statistical methods, and experience with computational methods and modeling.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing scientific papers and project reports.
  • Ability to travel and participate in project research meetings, and give scientific presentations at national meetings.


Additional Information

  • This is a benefitted position, 40 hours per week, two year contract.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. Travel to present research will be expected.


Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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