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Post-doctoral Position: Modeling of Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Central Valley, California

University of California, Davis, California, United States
Apply before: 1 October 2017

The Dahlke lab ( at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources ( at the University of California, Davis has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to perform original research in water resources management. The selected candidate will develop and test numerical modeling scenarios to evaluate the impact of different managed aquifer recharge scenarios on surface water and groundwater resources in California. The modeling results will be used to inform economic analyses of the direct and indirect costs and benefits of managed aquifer recharge programs within the Central Valley, California. The candidate ideally should have experience with numerical flow codes, a strong background in theoretical or applied groundwater flow and modeling, strong programming skills and a fundamental understanding of stochastic processes and statistical analysis methods.

The position is available immediately and will be an initial 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension pending performance and availability of funding for a second year. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team of hydrologists to design and test different water management scenarios using integrated surface water – groundwater models.
  • Develop water balance and groundwater flow models based on different land use and climate scenarios using downscaled CMIP 5 data.
  • Produce high quality scientific and technical output including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, reports, and graphics.
  • Support team members in the development of proposals to secure external funding for research.

Required qualifications:
Qualification for this position includes a PhD in hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, water resources management or related field, with a strong background in the fundamentals of groundwater and surface water flow, water resources management, watershed hydrology, and programming. Experience in integrated surface water – groundwater modeling and numerical flow codes such as IWFM, C2VSim and/or MODFLOW family codes is valued. Strong programming skills (Fortran/C++/Python/Matlab/R preferred) are required. Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals, to meet project deadlines, and to conceptualize and report research findings to sponsors, stakeholders and the scientific community is desired.

Preferred qualifications:
Prior experience with large-scale numerical models and skills in parallel and high performance computing is desired. Ability to test relevant hypotheses and generate innovative solutions to flow problems and effective communication of modeling results and assumptions are encouraged. Good communication skills (clear written and spoken English) and ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research is preferred. Applicants with U.S. Citizenship and/or current residency in the U.S. are preferred.