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Postdoctoral Scholar - Environmental Flows ESPM: Ecosystem Sciences Division

University of California, Berkeley
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Postdoctoral Scholar - Environmental Flows ESPM: Ecosystem Sciences Division

Position overview Position title: Postdoc Employee
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480 - $71,908. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100

Anticipated start: Fall 2023

Position duration: Initial appointment is for 2 years with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window
Open date: September 15, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Sep 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Oct 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of ESPM: Ecosystem Sciences Division at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Employee in the Grantham Lab, in the area of Environmental Flow Science.

California supplies water to nearly 40 million people, sustains the most productive agricultural region in the US, and supports a rich diversity of freshwater species. However, persistent drought, extreme floods, and widespread environmental degradation are exposing significant vulnerabilities in the state's water management system. Furthermore, decisions over how water is allocated rely on models that consider a limited range of climate and operational scenarios, are inaccessible to the public, and contain deeply embedded inequities. Building a resilient water future requires new water planning tools that advance sustainable, inclusive, and equitable water stewardship.

To meet this need, a new program involving academic institutions, state agencies, and community partners has been launched to develop a user-driven framework for water planning that leverages existing models used to operate California's major water supply systems. The project will produce a library of alternative, user-informed scenarios of water system operations under a wide range of climate futures and time horizons and build a foundation for collaborative decision-making.

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to join a research team to contribute to the development of modeling scenarios that integrate environmental flow needs in California water management. The candidate will bring subject-area knowledge, quantitative skills, and a passion for solutions-oriented research to: evaluate environmental water requirements in California's freshwater ecosystems, develop novel management scenarios that preserve environmental flows, assess potential ecological responses to hydrologic alteration and variability, and communicate results to diverse audiences, including policy makers, community organizations, and the general public. Additional duties include disseminating research results through presentations and publications, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

The project is a highly collaborative effort consisting of a team of researchers and practitioners located at seven UC and CSU campuses, NGOs, government agencies, water districts, community organizations, and Native American Tribes. Within UC Berkeley, the successful candidate will be a part of the Grantham Lab and Freshwater Research Group in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate should have no more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications
  • PhD Degree in Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Freshwater Ecology or related field.
  • Exceptional data management and analysis skills, including advanced statistical methods and computer programming (e.g., R, Python, MatLab)
  • Research experience in environmental flow science and familiarity with environmental flow assessment methods
  • Familiarity or expertise with hydrologic modeling methods, including rainfall-runoff modeling (e.g., VIC, HEC-HMS, PRMS) and statistical hydrology
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a broad range of research and management partners in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated evidence of research productivity, including strong publication record
  • Experience working in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams
  • Familiarity with California water management issues and challenges

    Application Requirements

    Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter

    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)
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    Campus Information

    UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

    As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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    Berkeley, CA

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