Postdoctoral Fellowship at UMBC
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Maryland, United States
Start reviewing process: 9 April 2021

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar in hydrography and geomorphology. The successful candidate will support implementation and refinement of automated stream mapping approaches in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and work with a team of collaborators to analyze existing validation data. Candidates will be encouraged to pursue new research questions with the resulting data products. The project is part of a larger effort to produce extremely precise environmental information in support of Bay Program water quality goals.

Qualifications: At a minimum, candidates will hold a PhD within six months of appointment in Geomorphology, Geography, Water Resources, Environmental Science or related field, with research interests in terrain analysis, the morphology of stream channels, stream flow, and expertise or experience with digital mapping techniques and data analysis. Requirements include demonstrated ability with GIS software including, but not limited to, ArcGIS and GRASS; programming with Python, R, or similar language. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with high-performance computing, model performance evaluation, or database management, ability/experience mentoring students, a record of excellent scientific writing, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application: should be sent to and should include:

  • cover letter with description of qualifications and experiences
  • up to three reprints of research publications
  • a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research and mentorship
  • Curriculum vitae
  • names and contact information of three references

Questions may be directed to Dr. Matthew Baker (

Context: UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with high research activity (RU/H). It is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor near NSF, NIH and other federal, state, and local agencies as well as other research institutions that afford extensive opportunities for research collaboration.

UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in our faculty. We encourage applications from women, minority group members, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UMBC is a national model for inclusive excellence in higher education with longstanding dedication to training underrepresented scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level (

The successful candidate will join a department with strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems ( has grown to more than 300 majors in recent years, with more than 60 graduate students in M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. programs. Faculty and graduate student interests span topics from urban geography to environmental science and management, and the department provides a rich and collegial environment for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The department is particularly strong in areas including urban geography, urban environments, environmental justice, environmental policy and management, water resources, ecology and conservation, geospatial techniques, and critical GIS. Other opportunities for research collaboration at UMBC include the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) a research consortia formed by UMBC and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center; the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), a research center focused on the environmental, social and economic impacts of urban and suburban landscape transformation; and the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center for the MD-DE-DC region.

UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Best Wishes,

Matthew E. Baker
NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
Department of Geography & Environmental Systems
211-D Sondheim Hall

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group