Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-PDWRI [#18843, WDR-00026528]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Climate / Climate change
Water Resources
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/06/23, finished 2021/09/02, listed until 2021/08/16)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

New York State Water Resources Institute 
Biological and Environmental Engineering 
Cornell University 

Starting Date: August 1st, 2021 

Location: Ithaca, NY 

Position Summary: The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is inviting applications for a position in the field of water resource science, management, and policy. We are looking for an individual with a PhD in environmental engineering, hydrology, land use planning, geography or related fields, and an interest in outreach and applied research focused on lake, tributary, watershed and estuary management. 

The applicant will be expected to develop and maintain a relationship with remote WRI staff working off-campus in regional watershed programs and will perform research and outreach that furthers goals outlined in NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda and the Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda. 

Research/outreach topics will likely fall within the following cross-cutting water resource themes: 
• Urbanization & Infrastructure 
• Watershed Management 
• Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment 
• Climate Change & Resilience 
• Water Literacy 

The ideal candidate will have interest, and experience, in working with state extension or similar organizations, and will be able to facilitate the transfer of regional watershed programming to other state-wide and regional stakeholders. This position reports to the WRI Director. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
• Initiate, lead and coordinate multidisciplinary research projects in cooperation with watershed-based staff and Cornell researchers (35%) 
• Engage in outreach activities with watershed staff and other NYS stakeholders (35%) 
• Assist in WRI’s general mission of providing resources to improve water management and policy by providing timely research and outreach to NYS stakeholders through publication of relevant peer-reviewed literature, white papers, web content, and presentations at scientific conferences and other appropriate venues of water resource management (12%) 
• Develop additional projects building on the strengths, interests, and expertise of the candidate (10%)
• Assist in development of proposals to secure external funding for research projects (5%) 
• Regular travel within NYS (~10 a year). Valid driver’s license required (3%) 

The successful candidate will have: 
• PhD in environmental engineering, hydrology, land use planning, geography or related field 
• A proven ability to deliver products of various types (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, extension products) for various audiences (e.g., academic, public, professional) 
• Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research and extension as part of a multidisciplinary team 
• Fluency in written and spoken English Additional preferred qualifications include one or more of the following: 
• Experience working with environmental managers, state agency staff, or policy makers 
• Expertise in the cause and management of harmful algal blooms 
• Expertise is the assessment or execution of aquatic connectivity projects such as dam removals or culvert right-sizing 
• Expertise in aquatic invasive species and their management
• Expertise in watershed planning & modeling, including engagement with community stakeholders 

This position is an annual appointment with review each year, and reappointment is contingent upon performance and the availability of funding. The annual cycle for the funds that support this position starts on January 1 of each year through December 31. Additional funds are expected but not guaranteed. 

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. If you have questions about this position, please email 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty, and staff. We work. across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education. And outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping. concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, heir environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
106 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701

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