Utah State University

Hydroinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(12/9/2023 5:24 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100% Time
College of Engineering
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (USU) seeks a Postdoctoral researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow II) to advance cyberinfrastructure that supports large scale, reproducible hydrologic modeling. The selected applicant will work under the guidance of Dr. David Tarboton as part of a team of faculty, researchers, students and software engineers to advance the functionality of HydroShare and linked computing platforms for collaborative modeling as part of the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH) and Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrated Discovery Environment (I-GUIDE). Applicants should have experience in hydrologic modeling and an interest in advancing modeling methodology and the data and information systems supporting hydrologic modeling to improve collaboration around and reproducibility of modeling results. This position requires a commitment to applying FAIR (find-ability, accessibility, interoperability, and re-usability) Data Principles and addressing the challenges associated with applying these principles in large scale modeling. This is intended as a two year position, with renewal in the second-year contingent on performance and funding.


  • Develop hydrologic modeling use cases to address large scale questions related to flood prediction, inundation mapping, and water availability.
  • Apply the modeling use cases to improve computational approaches implemented in community collaboration platforms (e.g., HydroShare, JupyterHub) in support of collaborative, reproducible hydrologic modeling.
  • Explore approaches for publishing models and results where the datasets are large.
  • Advance available cyberinfrastructure for supporting modeling and sharing of model forcing data and results.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in a scientific field that involves Hydrology or Water Resources Modeling.
  • Proficiency in research computer programming with competence in at least one research software programming language.
  • Experience in the development and use of hydrologic model codes.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong publication record.
  • Experience with the sharing and publication of data and models.
  • Experience with computational notebooks.
  • Experience with cloud storage and computation technologies.
  • Some experience with newer and older languages used in hydro-logic model development (e.g., Python, R, C/C++, Fortran).
  • Experience with reproducible science and modeling workflows.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. A copy of your most significant paper or written research product to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Name and contact information for three references who are familiar with your professional work need to be entered into Candidate Profile

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**


Please be prepared to the answer following screening questions:

  • Using examples from your work experience, describe how your skill set would contribute to addressing the challenges of integrated, reproducible, large scale hydrologic modeling.
  • Describe your approach to coding and hydro-logic model development.
  • Describe your approach to presenting and preparing to present your work professionally.

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University is a great place to work. You would become part of a team leading the application of hydrologic information systems and integrated modeling in hydrology with the opportunity to interact with diverse faculty, staff, and students working on interesting field, laboratory, and computer modeling projects to solve water problems around the state, the nation, and the world. USU offers a highly competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, contributions to a fully vested retirement account and more! Logan is a great place to live, nestled in a mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Utah offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas and ski resorts close by.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

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Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

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*updated 09/2023


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