Job ID: 207266

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Hydraulic Engineer

University of Iowa

  • Mar. 15, 2023
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar Hydraulic Engineer
  • IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering
  • University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental
    Engineering Mechanics
    Engineering - Other

IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering ( at the University of Iowa ( seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research scholar to join Dr. Troy Lyon’s research group (Troy Lyons | IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering ( Pay is commensurate with experience. The appointment is full-time for 1 year. This is an immediate opening and applications will be considered until a successful candidate is identified.

Research will focus on hydraulics, sediment transport, and fish passage at dams and other structures using reduced-scale laboratory models. Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Work independently on applied research projects with oversight by Principal Investigator (PI).
  • Perform experimental investigations to understand hydraulic conditions, design performance and develop solutions to improve hydraulic designs as needed.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret laboratory model data.
  • Serve as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students working on the project.
  • Document and report research results to the research team and project sponsor.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and students of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering (, a national and global leader in environmental and fluids-related research, education, and service. The University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities and a long history of international connections, leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly quality of life for which the Midwest is known. Information regarding some of the resources that the University of Iowa and the local area provide can be found at (

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering field (e.g., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, etc.) prior to starting this position is required.
  • Experience in experimental research in the broad area of river mechanics is required.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in experimental methods for river hydraulics, sediment transport, and fish passage is highly desirable.
  • Experience performing fundamental or applied research related to rivers, dams, or other hydraulic structures is desirable.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, resume or cv, and a list of at least three references at

  • The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

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Contact Information

  • Paul Oh
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
  • 319-335-5078

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