Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-PDSS [#13194, WDR-00017765]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Hydroclimate
Water Resources
Environmental Engineering
Appl Deadline:2019/03/18* (arranging interviews posted 2019/01/29, listed until 2019/03/18)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate – Stochastic Hydro-Climatology and Climate Change Impacts on Water Systems – Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Starting Date: August 15, 2019

Location: Ithaca, NY

Position Summary The Steinschneider Research Group ( in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in stochastic hydro-climatology with applications in water resources management. The area of research will focus broadly on the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrologic extremes and water infrastructure systems from local to regional scales. More specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will advance methods for process-informed stochastic weather generation that can be used to map physical pathways of climate variability and change to climate stress on water system performance. The successful applicant will be responsible for technical advances in stochastic model development, with the aim to develop an improved understanding of drought- and flood-generating mechanisms, how these mechanisms can be forecasted and might shift under climate change, the representation of these mechanisms in a stochastic weather generator, and the use of that generator in climate impact assessments.

The position includes a 12-month initial appointment, available starting August 2019, with the possibility for renewal pending satisfactory performance, funding and available work.

Duties and Responsibilities (% time) •Examine the underlying atmospheric dynamics of major drought and flood processes, and strategies for representing these processes in stochastic weather models. (50%)

•Perform data analytics on hydroclimatic datasets for risk profiling, diagnostics on sub-seasonal to-seasonal predictability, and the development of simulation and forecast applications. (20%)

•Help apply the stochastic model in climate stress tests of water systems to improve water resources planning and management decisions under climate uncertainty. (5%)

•Actively publish research in relevant peer-reviewed literature and present results at scientific conferences. (25%)

Qualifications The successful candidate will have: •A Ph.D. in hydrology, atmospheric sciences, hydroclimatology, or a closely related field. •A strong background in the development of stochastic models in hydrology or the climate sciences.

•A proven list of deliverables (peer-reviewed publications, derived products).

•Proficient programming skills in at least one major language for scientific computing (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, etc.).

•Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team.

•Fluency in written and spoken English.

Additional preferred qualifications include: •Experience in water resource systems analysis and climate change adaptation assessments. •Proficient programming skills (R, MATLAB, Python, Fortran, Shell scripting) on multiple platforms (Unix/Linux, Mac, PC).

•Good communication skills and an ability to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders.

Salary Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply To apply for this position, send all application materials to If you have any questions regarding the position please contact Dr. Scott Steinschneider ( Applicants must include the following documents in a single pdf: 1) a recent CV; 2) a cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 3) a minimum of three professional references with contact information. 4) a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion

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

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