Postdoc: Coastal hydrological and geochemical modeling
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Mexico, United States
Start reviewing process: 5 December 2022

We have a postdoc position at Los Alamos National Lab, focusing on coastal hydrologic and geochemical modeling. Review of application will start on Dec 5th, 2022. This appointment is valid for two years with a possible third-year extension. Note that US citizenship is not a requirement. See details below.

The Earth System Observations Group (EES-14) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking applications from diverse candidates with expertise in surface and groundwater hydrology, geochemistry, ecohydrology, or hydrodynamics (preferably related to coastal systems). Research experience on salinity in coastal systems, nutrient and water quality, sediment transport, and hydrological feedback with vegetation are desirable. This position will focus on using numerical models to better understand coastal surface and subsurface hydrologic processes and nutrient transport under climate change. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of hydrologists, computational geoscientists, geomorphologists, ecologists, and climate modelers focused on developing multi-physics models for high-resolution simulations using high-performance computational architectures. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the current state-of-the-art DOE-sponsored modeling codes such as the Advance Terrestrial Simulator (ATS) and evaluate model predictions with observations from the field or remote sensing.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Research background in one or more of the following: watershed hydrology, coastal hydrology, groundwater hydrology, or sediment transport.
  • Experience in surface and subsurface hydrologic modeling and/or computational geosciences.
  • Demonstrated research ability, as evidenced by publications in refereed journals and a history of successful research in collaborative team environments

Education: A Ph.D. in hydrology, ecology, environmental science, geosciences, civil engineering, water resources engineering, climate modeling, or a closely related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by the commencement of the appointment or received a Ph.D. within the last five years.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing and/or using physics-based models to predict and understand coastal hydrological interaction.
  • Experience in modeling coastal freshwater and saltwater interaction
  • Experience in using GIS and remote sensing software to process vector and raster files
  • Experience with Python and one of the following: Fortran, C, or C++
  • Experience with using version control tools (e.g., git)
  • Experience and knowledge of computational physics and/or climate modeling, construction and application of physical models, the analysis and incorporation of data and observations for model development and testing; and experience on high performance computing

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Salary: follow LANL postdoc salary guidance

How to apply: Apply through LANL career system here

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, please submit a cover letter describing your background and relevant experience, a CV, and (C) contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on December 5th, 2022, and until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact Yu Zhang (

Yu Zhang, Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences Division

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Of interest for:
  • Coastal Working Group