Post-Doctoral Scholar: Hydrogeomorphic Response to Changing Climates in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State University

“We are looking for someone to co-lead a multi-year, inter-institutional research effort to characterize and forecast the effects of changing climate on streamflows and geomorphic processes in the Pacific Northwest. Focus will be on developing and extending theoretical and empirical models of hydrologic response to climate drivers, emphasizing the role of geologic and ecologic controls and filters. The individual hired will have primary responsibility for exploring fruitful lines of attack on the problem, data acquisition and analysis, developing and applying relevant hydrologic and statistical models, and reporting results as journal publications and presentations. This post-doctoral position is with the Watershed Processes Group of Oregon State University (, and the person hired will work closely with federal scientists from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.


  1. Ph.D. in hydrology, geomorphology, watershed sciences, or a closely related field, with a demonstrated record of publication or other successful dissemination of work.
  2. Strong fundamental understanding of hydrologic processes at the scale of small watersheds to larger catchments, with expertise in one or more of the following: snowpack dynamics, groundwater processes, ecohydrologic interactions, drainage network response to precipitation/runoff relationships.
  3. Experience and facility with distributed parameter hydrologic models; familiarity with climate models and climate change scenarios desirable
  4. Strong statistics, data analysis and visualization skills, particularly with respect to long time-series data sets.
  5. High level working knowledge of GIS and other spatial analysis tools. Expertise with interpreting remote sensing a plus.

Please send a letter of application describing your research experience and qualifications relevant to this position, a complete resume with links to publications, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references to Sarah Lewis, or 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97330. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2010, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.”