Job ID: 171584

Two-Year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Coastal Watershed Hydrology

University of Florida

  • Nov. 8, 2021
  • Two-Year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Coastal Watershed Hydrology
  • Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
  • Dec. 15, 2021
  • Jan. 1, 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Ocean Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental

Two-Year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Coastal Watershed Hydrology

The Watershed Ecology Lab at the University of Florida ( is seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Research Associate for an interdisciplinary project titled: Coupling lake, watershed, and estuarine models to better understand the role of engineered freshwater discharges in driving the severity, location, and timing of harmful algal blooms. The collaborative project is led by the University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions ( and is funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers – Engineering Research and Development Center.

The overarching project goal is to develop data- and model-driven guidance for Lake Okeechobee flow releases and Caloosahatchee River watershed management based on an improved understanding of the interactive effects of engineered discharges, watershed flow and nutrient deliveries, phytoplankton community dynamics, and river/near-shore hydrodynamics. The successful applicant will work with Dr. David Kaplan to model water and nutrient fluxes from coastal watersheds, work closely with collaborators, assist in project management, mentor a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, and support submission of new proposals. Applicants should have expertise in watershed model development (e.g., HSPF, SWAT, WASH123, etc.), multi-model integration, and experience or interest in machine learning methods.

The successful candidate will join our vibrant and supportive group of PIs, postdocs, and graduate students at UF, USF, and NCSU. Applicants should have a PhD in the hydrological sciences or engineering, strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a passion for collaborative research. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated creative approaches to modeling complex systems (e.g., linking hydrological modeling to ecological or social-ecological system responses, applying statistical, analytical, or machine learning-based approaches to hydrology) and who have worked productively on interdisciplinary research questions.

The position offers a competitive postdoctoral salary and excellent benefits, with up to two years of funding available contingent on evaluation. The position is available immediately, and applications will be reviewed until positions are filled. To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience, along with a CV, the names and contact information for 3 references, and up to three refereed publications to (please compile all materials into a single PDF file). Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. David Kaplan (

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  • David Kaplan
    Environmental Engineering Sciences
    University of Florida
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 326116350
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