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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 506313
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Civil & Environ Engineering
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

The Hydrosystems Research Group at UMass Amherst is seeking Postdoctoral Research Scientists to conduct research in the development of computational tools to assist adaptation to climate change, primarily in the integrated water resources and urban water supply systems.  The postdoctoral researcher(s) will join an active group of faculty, post-docs and graduate students engaged in research projects funded by a variety of agencies and foundations. Research applications will focus on the development of adaptation principles for evaluation of investments and new technology designed for urban water system resilience and basin scale water management. Locations include major urban areas in the Americas and Africa.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Ph.D. in a related field, including but not limited to civil and environmental engineering, systems analysis, data and information science, or hydroclimatology.
  • Ability to write scientific papers and project reports.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Skills in R, Python or C programming and data management.
  • Knowledge of time series analysis and Machine Learning methods.
  • Ability to travel to project research meetings and give scientific presentations at national or international meetings.


Additional Information:

The positions will initially be for one year and may be extended, dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit:

  • CV
  • Cover letter describing research experience and interests
  • Name and contact information of three professional references

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is November 1, 2020.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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