Postdoc or PhD/MS student position: Tribally engaged hydrological research
University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
Apply before: 15 December 2022

I am seeking a postdoctoral researcher, PhD student, or MS student for collaborative research with Upper Great Lakes tribal partners on the hydrology of Manoomin (Ojibwe)/Psiη (Dakota)/Zizania palustris (scientific name)/wild rice (common name) lakes and streams. This individual will join an interdisciplinary research collaborative ( at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities focused on protecting Manoomin/Psiη, with a core commitment to prioritizing tribal needs, perspectives, and knowledge. The specific position will be to investigate hydrological perturbations (e.g., driven by climate and land-use change) and associated impacts (e.g., erosion and water quality) that tribal knowledge-holders have seen to contribute to the century-long decline of Manoomin/Psiη, a sacred food, medicine, and gift from their Creator. Research activities will involve some combination of fieldwork, data analysis, and hydrological computer modeling based on tribal needs and the individual’s interests. This position will be funded through a new, multi-institution NSF Coastlines and Peoples grant (, which will grow and support a Hub of Great Lakes region tribes and academic scientists and engineers from multiple institutions, all of whom are committed to protecting and honoring Manoomin/Psin and other human and more-than-human relatives in their watersheds. PhD and MS applicants may contact Prof. Crystal Ng ( with their CV and description of interests; the application deadline for graduate students is Dec. 15, 2022 (see here ( for more information - note that we do not require the GRE). Postdoc applicants may directly apply by contacting Prof. Crystal Ng ( with their CV and cover letter.

Thank you,
Crystal Ng

G.-H. Crystal Ng
(pronouns: she/her)
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
116 Church St SE
150 John T. Tate Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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