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Postdoctoral Scholar in Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Transport

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Transport
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Starting dates are negotiable but aims for November 1, 2021.
Position duration: This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: October 8th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to join an exciting NASA-funded project focused on wildfire impacts on carbon transport to coastal waters. The postdoctoral scholar will (a) develop and implement integrated watershed modeling approaches aimed at quantifying the effect of wildfire events on watershed runoff and export of sediment and soil organic carbon, and (b) collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to investigate the effects of wildfires and watershed sediment and carbon transport on California coastal ecosystems and primary producers. A successful candidate should have experience in the scientific application of large-scale watershed models (e.g., SWAT, PARFLOW, GSFLOW, etc.) and will have at least 1 first author peer review research paper. Additional experience in reactive transport modeling is desirable, specifically suspended sediments and DOC, but not a prerequisite of the position.

The postdoctoral scholar is expected to write research articles aimed at disseminating the results obtained from the research, play an important role in supervising and mentoring undergraduate students, and take an engaged role in project management (e.g., budget and timeline, quality assurance, EH&S). The postdoctoral scholar will also undertake professional development activities in consultation with the PIs to further the training and career advancement of the postdoc. The position will be in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Merced and will work on the supervision of Drs. Thomas Harmon and Erin Hestir.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Harmon at

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.


Basic qualifications

A Ph.D. (at the time of appointment) in the physical sciences (e.g., physics, hydrology, geology, environmental science) or engineering (e.g., civil, environmental, mechanical, geological) with a focus on watershed hydrology.

Preferred qualifications

The candidate should have experience in running and troubleshooting complex environmental simulation codes (e.g., C++, Fortran), and in scripting using such tools as R, MatLab, and Python in the context of pre- and post-processing of model output. The candidate should also be familiar with Remote Sensing and GIS, including some experience with ESRI or other spatial/GIS software.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please indicate research interests and experience

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA