Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hydrological Modeling of the Great Lakes Basin

Michigan, United States
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to lead research related to the development, testing, and deployment of hydrological models across the Great Lakes basin. Representative objectives of projects include calibration and verification of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF)-Hydro and its meteorological forcings to support development of NOAA’s National Water Model, evaluation of potential empirical relationships between the risk of nutrient loading and land surface model parameters, and customization to improve local flood forecasting capabilities. The fellow will be expected to lead one or more of these projects, and will be given the intellectual freedom to pursue additional ideas of their own that contribute to the broader goals of hydrological modeling in the Great Lakes.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with a team of hydrological modelers at CIGLR, and in collaboration with modeling teams at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), University of Michigan, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, be prepared to guide technical support staff, report findings to internal and external audiences in reports and presentations, and lead publications in scientific journals.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The fellow will spend the majority of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This position offers a highly competitive salary plus benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.

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This position requires a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering, with a background in hydrological science and modeling, and a solid record of scholarship.


To apply, applicants should prepare the following materials in a single PDF:• Cover letter describing your qualifications related to the position and research accomplishments • Curriculum vitae• Contact information for three professional references• Two representative publications

Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.