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Seeking an enthusiastic postdoc for modeling and assimilation

Seeking an enthusiastic postdoc for modeling and assimilation

The Flores Water Sustainability Lab is seeking a post-doctoral researcher in land surface ecohydrologic modeling and data assimilation!

The Geosciences Department at Boise State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with the skills and interest to perform land surface ecohydrology modeling and data assimilation. The position will be funded through Army Research Office and National Science Foundation grants focusing on estimating critical zone ecohydrologic variables like soil moisture, net primary productivity, and evapotranspiration in semi-arid watersheds through the fusion of models and remote sensing data. The ideal candidate will have skills in land surface ecohydrologic modeling with community models as well as the use of data assimilation/fusion approaches for model calibration and uncertainty assessment. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with an enthusiastic and diverse interdisciplinary team studying critical zone biogeochemical processes in semiarid landscapes. The position is for one year with an option of a second year of funding pending successful review and progress. Click here for a PDF of this ad.

Responsibilities and job duties

Responsibilities include setup, parameterization, calibration, and confirmation of a watershed- to regional-scale land surface ecohydrology model in southwest Idaho. The successful candidate will leverage a diverse suite of in situ and remote sensing observations to calibrate the model. Significant opportunities will be available to interact with colleagues in the use of novel sources of vegetation and hydrologic data to constrain models. These potentially include ground-based hyperspectral imagery, airborne LiDAR, terrestrial laser scanning technology, and cosmic ray-derived observations of terrestrial water storage. The successful candidate will assist in preparing presentations and publications summarizing results, and work with data management professionals to document and archive derived data products for use by collaborators and the community.

Required qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in an appropriate field of biophysical science or engineering (e.g., civil and environmental engineering, bioresource engineering, landscape ecology, hydrologic sciences, bio-meteorology, etc.) must be completed by the time employment begins
  • Training and previous experience in land surface modeling
  • Experience with Linux-based operating system environments
  • Proficiency in one or more scientific programming languages, including C/C++, FORTRAN, Python, or similar
  • Proficiency in analysis and visualization of model output using software platforms like MATLAB, R, Python, VTK, or similar
  • Demonstrated capacity and enthusiasm for working productively with a large interdisciplinary team

Desirable additional qualifications:

  • Parallel computing experience using high performance computing clusters
  • Community land surface ecohydrology or Earth system modeling experience (e.g., the Weather Research and Forecasting model, Community Earth System Model, Ecosystem Demography model, NASA Land Information System, etc.)
  • Prior use of data assimilation algorithms like the ensemble Kalman filter, sequential information filter, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, etc.
  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of remote sensing observations from spectral platforms like MODIS and Landsat, and/or microwave remote sensing platforms
  • Previous publications in land surface modeling and data assimilation

How to Apply: Interested parties should electronically submit a full CV and cover letter (not exceeding 2 pages) detailing relevant experience to Dr. Alejandro (Lejo) Flores ( Inquiries for additional information should also be directed to Dr. Flores at this email address. Review of applicants will begin 15 December 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Department: In addition to hydrologic sciences, the Geosciences Department includes other major focus areas of expertise including near surface geophysics, surficial processes and geomorphology, geology, geochemistry, and petrology, and quantitative geosciences and modeling.  Collaborative research projects are ongoing across the department, college, and university, with applied math, computer science, civil and electrical engineering departments, in addition to numerous local government labs and institutions.  For further information about Prof. Flores’ research group and the Geoscience Department, please visit our websites at and, respectively.

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