Future of Aquatic Flows Postdoctoral Scholar - University of Washington

Post Date: 7/26/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: University of Washington
Position/Title/Fund: Future of Aquatic Flows Postdoctoral Scholar- Full-time, Term
Deadline: August 19, 2022
Location: Boise, Idaho

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC), a member organization of EarthLab, at the University of Washington (UW) seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral (CAP) Fellows Program. The CAP postdoctoral researcher will be based at Boise State University but will be supervised and mentored from the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The CAP scholar will lead regionally focused research projects related to low and no-flow modeling. In addition, the CAP scholar will collaborate with other CAP scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on how climate change will impact aquatic flows and how this information can be integrated into aquatic ecosystem management. Finally, the CAP scholar will participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on the co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines.

This post-doctoral position is supported through the Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral (CAP) Fellows Program established by the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC). The CAP program is established to support management-relevant research and scientific synthesis of emerging research needs related to climate impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems. The objective of the CAP Program is to provide regional-to-national syntheses of climate change impacts on a given theme (this year Future of Aquatic flows), focusing on the management challenges experienced by resource stewards in those areas with the goal of providing scientific research to help managers adapt to a changing climate. More information about the CAP program is available here: https://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/climate-adaptation-science-centers/science/casc-network-climate-adaptation-scholars

Research: The CAP scholar will conduct research related to low and no flow modeling and associated natural resource management in the Northwestern US. The objectives of this post-doctoral research are to:

  1. Synthesize how low flows and streamflow intermittency is represented across a suite of modeling tools and how flow/no flow observations can be used to benchmark physically-based models
  2. Compare structural uncertainties in a few commonly used hydrologic models that may hinder their use for managing streamflow intermittency and low flows
  3. Co-produce a manager's guide to choosing and using modeling tools for managing intermittent streams

Examples of regionally relevant research topics are described in the actionable science priorities identified by the NW CASC’s Deep Dive on managing Stream Permanence in a changing climate: https://nwcasc.uw.edu/resources/actionable-science-deep-dives/stream-permanence-deep-dive/

We are looking for a talented scientist with a passion for delivering research that informs decision-making, whose interests broadly align with those of the PIs and the NW CASC.

Terms: This two-year, full-time position will start as soon as possible. It will be based at Boise State University with limited travel to the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The salary is $61,900 per year with second-year funding contingent on satisfactory completion of responsibilities and continuation of funding. The position includes competitive benefits and funding for supplies and travel.


  1. A PhD in a relevant discipline including hydrology, climate science, geography, or other relevant earth sciences.
  2. A strong record of relevant peer-reviewed publications, data products, and commitment to scholarship.
  3. Demonstrated capacity to conduct quantitative analysis with geo-spatial data including (but not limited to) experience with modern data analytics using R or Python, machine-learning techniques, numerical simulation approaches, and experience with physical process-based models.
  4. The ability to effectively communicate research findings with scientists and practitioners alike.
  5. Experience (or a demonstrated interest in) working with decision-makers to produce actionable science for informing natural resource management.


  1. Experience with physically-based hydrologic models.
  2. Experience evaluating model output from WRF-Hydro, Parflow or VIC.
  3. Experience with github and reproducible workflows.
  4. A track record of independence, leadership, motivation, and problem-solving skills.
How to Apply:

All applications should be submitted through Interfolio. Application packages should include the following:

  1. Cover letter (3-page max) outlining interest in the position and how it aligns with career goals, research interests, and interest and/or experience in the coproduction of actionable science.
  2. CV
  3. Two relevant publications
  4. List of three references

Applicants with inquiries regarding this position should contact: Dr. Kendra Kaiser (kendrakaiser@boisestate.edu) and Dr. Guillaume Mauger (gmauger@uw.edu). Applicants requiring disability accommodations during the application process should contact Mary Dwyer (mrdwyer@uw.edu). 

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied at which point we will invite finalists to interview for the position. The position will be filled as soon as possible.  Applications received by August 19th, 2022 will be prioritized.

Contact Info: Dr. Kendra Kaiser (kendrakaiser@boisestate.edu) & Dr. Guillaume Mauger (gmauger@uw.edu)