Posted by: Anne Jefferson | January 20, 2010

Post-doctoral Scholar – Oregon State University Hydrogeomorphic response to changing climates in the Pacific Northwest

Described below is a great post-doc opportunity to work with fantastic people. (I should know, I did my PhD and post-doc in this research group.)

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.


  1. I am Guesh Zeru from Ethiopia 32 years old. I had a B.Sc degree in applied geology and a Master degree in hydrogeology both from Mekelle University (Ethiopia) in 2007. My master’s thesis is on the Title of Groundwater modelling (both transient and steady groundwater flow /2D and 3D visualization/, vertically 20layer model using Numerical finite difference method). This is to evaluate the potential of the basin and to set the optimum abstraction rate from the well field, and I have CGPA 3.84. I am well familiar with groundwater modelling, and I do have sound knowledge on MODFLOW & 3D master program, ArcView & ArcGIS, Groundwater MODELLING (Modflow&3D), Surfer8, Globalmapper,Geophisics (IPI2&winresist), Aquitest (for pumping test analyses), Aquakame (for water chemistry analysis), ILWIS all extensions and I have around 7 years of experience in field of hydrogeology /Investigation of groundwater potentials, identifying well fields, Evaluation of potentials of well fields using modelling, for water supply & Irrigation and drilling supervisions. By now I am working In DEBREMARKOS UNIVERSITY (ETHIOPIA) as full time lecturer and I give the course of hydrology, geology, Remote sensing &GIS. Now I am looking for a PhD degree and I am highly interested to do my PhD on the field of (hydrology/hydrogeology fields of groundwater MODELING (flow and Transport), surface water & groundwater interaction through modelling. So, please consider me on the position you have or help me please I am able to work hard, I am flexible, opened minded and eager to learn to do something new challenges. I think it would be a perfect start of my career. I hop that the above experience, knowledge and skill make me convenient for filling your scholarship PhD position.
    Hoping to hear the best, I remain.
    With best regard
    Thank you very much.

  2. Hi Guesh,

    Thanks for your interest. The position described above is currently advertised for someone who has completed his or her PhD. I have forwarded your letter on to one of the people responsible for making the hiring decision. Best of luck to you as you pursue your PhD.

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  4. I am just seeing this post. Has the position been filled? Thanks

    • Yes.

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