Postdoctoral Scholar Research, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Job posting number: #7086835
Posted: October 8, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionPosition Summary:
The Watershed Sustainability Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa (USF) is seeking one postdoctoral researcher to work on an 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.” This project is a collaboration with University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions and funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The overarching goal of the project is to develop data- and model-driven guidance for Lake Okeechobee 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 be expected to integrate hydrodynamic-water quality simulation models with optimization tools, in order to forecast water flows and pollution loads from Lake Okeechobee. The postdoc will work closely with collaborators at USF and UF, will assist in project management, mentor a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, and support submission of new funding proposals.
QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience):
Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering, agricultural engineering, water resources, ecology or a related field; have a record of high impact peer-reviewed journal publications; experience with water resources simulation models and optimization algorithms.
Strong background in coupling hydrodynamics with water quality using Delft3d or similar software
Fluent in mathematical programming skills using Python
Excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience working in interdisciplinary and multicultural environments.