[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Position in Watershed/Terrestrial Organic Carbon Modeling

Rajith Mukundan rajithmukundan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 09:28:18 MDT 2019

*Postdoctoral Position in Watershed/Terrestrial Organic Carbon Modeling
Starting Summer, 2019*

*at the City University of New York Institute for Sustainable Cities*


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) manages a
system of 19 interconnected reservoirs that supply drinking water to over 9
million consumers in New York City and surrounding areas. We seek to hire a
postdoctoral researcher who will contribute to our efforts to develop and
test models that simulate streamflow, and loading of nutrients, sediment,
organic carbon, and precursors of disinfection byproducts, to our water
supply reservoirs.  Such watershed models will be a component of NYCDEP’s
integrated suite of climate, watershed, reservoir, and system operations
models.  These models are used to investigate the effects of climate
change, floods and droughts, land use change, watershed management, and
reservoir operations on the NYC water supply.

Hiring will occur though the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter
College, City University of New York, which has a contract to support
NYCDEP’s efforts. Work will involve collaborative efforts with an
interdisciplinary team of scientists, and will also provide opportunities
for leadership in specific aspects of the research. The candidate will be
based in upstate New York and work with NYCDEP staff on a day to day basis.

*Position details:*

·         Starting date: Summer 2019. Actual start depends on candidate

·         End date: December 2020 (18-month appointment with possibility of
extension contingent on progress and funding)

·         Location: NYCDEP office in Kingston, NY, 100 miles north of NYC
in the Hudson Valley region

·         This is a full time position with employee benefits
open to eligible candidates of any nationality. Visas if necessary can be
arranged through the City University of New York.

*Key tasks include the following:*

   - Develop familiarity with NYCDEP’s existing watershed models (GWLF and
   SWAT) that are used to simulate streamflow, nutrients, and sediment.
   - Develop familiarity with data to support watershed modeling, including
   weather, GIS, soils, land use, snowpack, streamflow and stream water
   - Participate in NYCDEP’s efforts to extend the capability of SWAT to
   simulate organic carbon and precursors of disinfection byproducts, and in
   the application of this extended model to the reservoir watersheds located
   west of the Hudson River.
   - Application of watershed models to evaluate the impact of climate
   change, land use change, watershed protection and management programs, and
   reservoir operations.
   - Present work at scientific meetings; publish in peered reviewed
   journals and in NYCDEP reports.

*The candidate should have the following qualifications and experience:*

·         Ph.D. in hydrology, watershed science, geology, water resources,
civil or environmental engineering, geography, or a related discipline.
Candidates with a Master’s degree and strong research achievement will also
be considered.

·         Experience with modeling of watershed hydrology and water quality
is a requirement; specific experience with SWAT is preferred.

·         Experience with modeling of phosphorus, nitrogen, and organic
carbon cycling and export in forested and agricultural watersheds is a

·         Experience with the application of models to evaluate the impact
of climate change and extreme events is preferred.

·         Experience with hydrologic or water quality modeling in a public
water supply where precursors of disinfection byproducts are of concern is

·         Programming experience in Fortran; Python, shell scripting,
and/or R.

·         Experience in statistical analysis of environmental data.

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate research results to
scientific community through peer-reviewed papers, conference presentations
and reports.

·         Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment.

*Application Instructions:*

For more information please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae
electronically to:

Emmet M. Owens

New York City Department of Environmental Protection

71 Smith Avenue

Kingston, NY 12401

eowens at dep.nyc.gov


*Application deadline is MAY 10, 2019*
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