Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Water Innovation Network

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at

Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to integrate and synthesize research on urban water sustainability with the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN). Specifically, the project seeks to evaluate indicators of sustainability across the various aspects of urban planning, and develop a blueprint (expert system) for cities seeking to integrate a One Water approach into planning.

The selected individual will work with Dr. Arabi at CSU to identify indicators of water sustainability jointly with researchers across UWIN and develop an expert system for evaluating indicators of sustainability for cities across the six UWIN regions (Arizona Sun Corridor, Southeast Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Front Range Colorado, and Southern California).

Required Job Qualifications

  • PhD in Civil Engineering, hydrology or related field completed by start date
  • Experience with multiobjective or multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with urban water systems, energy use, or hydrologic modeling
  • Experience with application of robust statistical methods in water resources studies
  • Experience with model sensitivity and uncertainty analyses
  • Experience interacting with collaborators and stakeholders

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  1. Synthesize and refine indicators of urban water sustainability, identifying scalable quantification mechanisms across various UWIN regions
  2. Coalesce indicators into a scoring mechanism
  3. Develop scalable models for predicting impacts of regional drivers and management practices on urban water sustainability
  4. Coordinate data collection from partnering researchers from multiple institutions
  5. Develop an expert system that serves as a blueprint to score cities on sustainable water management

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Publications/Presentations Duty/Responsibility

  1. Work closely with team scientists to prepare findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at meetings and/or stakeholder groups.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials:

  1. A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications of the position
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact

Stephanie Rosso,

EEO Statement

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.