Recruiting Postdoc in Coastal Hydrology and Water Resources
Northeastern University, , United States
Start reviewing process: 26 October 2023

The Water Resources Ecohydrology Lab (WRELab; at Northeastern University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar in coastal hydrology. The successful candidate will co-design and carry out a research project focused on the links between watershed hydrology and saltwater intrusion in coastal systems, and the effects of such on critical coastal water resources. The project will use computational simulations constrained with measurements to build new understanding of coastal watershed function; the details of the computational models to be used and simulations to be run will be decided on jointly by the candidate and supervisor. The selected candidate will further help build infrastructure for future coastal hydrology modeling in the lab to enable future projects focused on this critical interface. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with others at Northeastern University, particularly in the Departments of Marine & Environmental Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. They may also collaborate with others across Boston’s many world-class Universities. They will further have the opportunity to mentor and learn from current and future lab members.

The WRELab seeks to better understand how watersheds function as systems with interactions among meteorological forcing, geologic setting, and ecological process; and how these systems affect critical water resources in a changing climate. To do so, we use state-of-the-science computational watershed and ecological simulators which are constrained with novel field and remotely-sensed measurements including stable isotope measurements and spatial-pattern calibration approaches. Current projects focus on the partitioning of rain and snow to streamflow and evapotranspiration in mountain environments, groundwater-vegetation feedbacks at watershed scales in a changing climate, and watershed responses to disturbances including extreme storms and wildfire.

The WRELab emphasizes productive collaboration facilitated by a dedication to a respectful and inclusive work environment. We encourage candidates from a broad variety of backgrounds in relevant fields (e.g., hydrology, earth science, ecology, geography, civil/environmental engineering) to apply. Candidates from historically and currently marginalized groups are particularly encouraged to apply and to ask the questions necessary to ensure they can feel safe, supported and comfortable in the lab, university, community, and field environments. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. to start the position. Ideal candidates will have research experience, a passion for learning and scientific exploration, and a commitment to equity and inclusion. A positive attitude and the ability to work both independently and part of a team are required.

Funding: This position is fully funded with a competitive stipend for two years, and includes computational resources, field equipment, and funding for conference travel, as well as generous benefits. The successful candidate will be based in the Nahant Campus of Northeastern with a beautiful setting in the Massachusetts Bay.

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Questions can be directed to Prospective candidates are encouraged to email to express their interest and discuss potential research projects.

How to apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply through the online system at:

Of interest for:
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group