SWAT-Related Job Announcements

Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Northeast-Midwest Institute, Washington DC, USA - Posted March 2020

The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) seeks a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for its Water Research and Policy Program, an initiative launched in 2016 that builds on NEMWI’s long-standing work on water quality, quantity, data, and accessibility.  The selected candidate will conduct scientific research and policy analysis on water issues, including in particular agricultural conservation, water affordability and financing, and extending to lead, PFAS, and flooding and adaptation, as well as broader water quality and environmental issues.

Postdoctoral Scientist in Ecological/Biogeochemical Lake Modeling, Baylor University, TX, USA - Posted March 2020

The Scott Limnology Laboratory in the Department of Biology at Baylor University is seeking a postdoctoral scientist in ecological and/or biogeochemical modeling. The Scott Lab is partnering with international collaborators and local water managers to develop a lake and reservoir forecasting tool through the implementation of existing and expected modeling platforms such as the Water Ecosystem Tool. The postdoctoral scientist will co-lead the project and engage in various other projects on ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Water Resource Systems Analysis), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA - Posted February 2020

The Illinois State Water Survey division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is looking for a research assistant (Postdoc) to work in the area of water-energy nexus and decision support systems modeling.  The candidate should have experience with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for hydrologic and water quality modeling as well as applications of multi-objective optimization algorithms in coupled optimization-simulation modeling framework. Research includes the development, calibration and validation of SWAT models that will eventually be used to evaluate water availability in the study watershed under various water use and climate scenarios. The candidate is expected to collaborate with the project team in publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, writing technical reports and proposals. 

Desired qualifications include a PhD in hydrology, civil and environmental engineering or related fields. The candidate is expected to work independently and also in collaboration with a research team. Expertise in hydrology and water resources systems analyses, and excellent written and communication skills are required. The research work requires experience in ArcGIS and QGIS, and strong programming skills in FORTRAN and Python. Expertise in R, SQL, JAVA and JavaScript is desirable.

Interested candidates for this position can email their resume to Dr. Elias Getahun (egetahun@illinois.edu). This will be a 12-month appointment and is expected to be filled as soon as possible.

Postdoctoral Position in Watershed Modeling, The Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College, City University of New York - Posted February 2020

Starts spring 2020; application deadline March 7. 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, and organic carbon, 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.

Protecting and Restoring Great Lakes Ecosystem Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Posted February 2020

Three postgraduate research project training opportunities are available with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) in Chicago, Illinois. GLNPO coordinates U.S. efforts with Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem. GLNPO brings together federal, state, tribal, local, and industry partners under the strategic framework of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to accomplish the objectives of GLRI action plan which in turn fulfills the aims of the GWQA. Research opportunities at GLNPO allow participation in many facets of planning, implementation, assessment, and reporting of Great Lakes basin monitoring, restoration, and remediation. GLNPO seeks three participants who will each focus on one research project.

Water Quality, Watershed Protection and Restoration Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Posted February 2020

A postgraduate research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Region 10, Water Division. The appointment will be served in Seattle, Washington. This opportunity will provide the participant with exposure to a broad range of technical and policy issues surrounding watershed protection and restoration programs. The participant will be trained in the various components of EPA's water quality and drinking water programs, observe how the programs fit together to support EPA's water quality goals and reporting requirements, learn how EPA informs and engages with its broad range of stakeholders, and gain experience in program development and implementation. The participant may learn about watershed/wetland restoration and protection, the nonpoint source pollution control program, impaired waterbodies, water quality standards, safe drinking water and groundwater protection, dredging and ocean disposal, wastewater and stormwater permitting and tribal relations.

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