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Postdoctoral Fellow, Hydrometeorologist

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Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online. To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by October 27, 2017 and must include: 1. Completed online faculty profile/application; 2. A cover letter detailing your research experience, career goals, project interests, and potential ties to DRI faculty and research programs; 3. A current curriculum vitae; 4. Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be considered. For questions regarding this position, please call the DRI recruiting office at 702-862-5548.

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Position Information

Posting Number F058
Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow, Hydrometeorologist
Location Las Vegas, NV
FTE 100%
Position Summary

The Desert Research Institute (DRI; is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of hydrometeorology. The Postdoctoral position will be linked to ongoing research programs within DRI and will be an integral part of DRI’s hydrologic sciences team. Within this team, the position has the opportunity to collaborate with hydrologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, and atmospheric scientists. The position will be expected to interpret, reason, and develop statistical and dynamic climate projections using global- or regional-climate models, as well as precipitation and flood frequency analyses for engineering assessments in typically semi- and arid environments. Collaboration with researchers in other areas of hydrologic sciences is also strongly encouraged. The position will be located at DRI’s Las Vegas campus.

Candidates are encouraged to review DRI’s research in hydrologic sciences: Division of Hydrologic Sciences to identify links with existing research activities. Candidates are directed to provide information on how his or her research will complement DRI’s hydrologic research portfolio. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in program development. Given satisfactory performance, and proven ability to generate research funding, this position has the potential to evolve into a regular research faculty position.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in hydrometeorology/hydrology, engineering, or other related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Experience with hydrologic/hydraulic and environmental data compilation; climate modeling; and data quality assessment.
  • Extensive experience with computer programming and Big Data problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain quality, safety, and control standards.
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research.
  • Team player with diverse interests and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to conceptualize and develop research proposals.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at conferences, and in the scientific literature (strong oral and written English communication skills).
  • Research focus that is complementary with existing DRI programs.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Ability to obtain a US Government security clearance.
  • Nevada driver’s license or ability to obtain one by hire date.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with ArcGIS/ArcMap analyses, particularly related to hydrologic/hydraulic/environmental analyses
  • Experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing results from field data collection programs.
  • Experience in analyzing existing large datasets of precipitation records and climate dataset.
Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements
  • U.S.A. citizenship is required and the ability to obtain a security clearance is mandatory. Please note the subsequent re-investigations may be required.
  • The successful candidate will be offered the position contingent upon passing a mandatory test for the absence of any illegal drugs (as defined in 10 CFR 707.4) as well as satisfactory credit, criminal and background investigations. Participation in an ongoing random drug testing program is also required.
  • Some travel for field projects, typically in the southwestern United States, will be required.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to conduct a limited amount of field work in inclement weather including high temperatures for periods of up to one or two weeks and lift heavy equipment and samples (50 lbs.).
Salary Information

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview: Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits.

Note to Applicants

The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date of the position, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

EEO Statement

DRI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability (whether actual or perceived by others) or military status or obligation, and veteran status in employment, programs, and activities. It is further required that DRI take affirmative action in all employment matters to ensure that our policies and practices are non-discriminatory.

Posting Detail Information

Position Type Postdoctoral Fellow
Open Date 09/14/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Reference Letters

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents