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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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The National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) at Heidelberg University seeks a highly motivated
postdoctoral research associate with experience analyzing large data sets using innovative data visualization and statistical
approaches. The staff member will work primarily on data collected as part of the Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program
as well as data collected by the USGS in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The goal of both of these projects is to assess
suspended sediment and nutrient loading from watersheds throughout the Lake Erie watershed. While each program has
been in operation for numerous years, a rigorous comparison of the datasets and loading methods has never been
conducted. In addition, a fresh viewpoint on how to present these data to scientific as well as a lay-person audience is
warranted. Finally, it is of vast importance to the region to consistently conduct trend analysis to assess the effectiveness
of domestic action plans implemented in response to the nutrient target loads adopted in 2015 by Annex 4 of the 2012
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The ideal candidate will have a passion for environmental studies, be detail-
oriented, and enjoy delving into the intricacies of water quality data. While a majority of the individual’s time will be
spent on the project described above, the postdoc will have the opportunity for other professional development activities
such as scientific outreach and education, relevant training workshops, proposal development and writing, and student
engagement via teaching and advising student research.


  • Comprehensively compare data from the USGS and NCWQR sampling locations in terms of sample analyses aswell as loading calculations
  • Analyze data from each of Ohio’s tributaries to Lake Erie using a variety of approaches ranging in complexity to provide information on trends
  • Visualize the results using state-of-the-art methods and applications informed by an advisory group of keyagencies and researchers in the region
  • Participate in project meetings as needed to help guide the data analysis process
  • Disseminate results of this project to diverse audiences via presentations, fact sheets or handouts, webinars, or other means.
  • Publish the results of this research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Participate in other professional development activities as time allows.


  • Completion of a Ph.D. in the Natural Sciences, Data Sciences, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience in data visualization and statistical analyses of large data sets.
  • Experience in writing with the goal of publishing scientific articles.
  • Experience in presenting scientific information to mixed audiences.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in water quality data and watershed nutrient loading
  • Knowledge of agro-ecosystems and Lake Erie
  • Passion for learning new methods in data analysis

The postdoctoral research associate will be hired on a year-around appointment with full employee benefits with
guaranteed funding for 2 years. The NCWQR is a research arm of the science departments at Heidelberg University,
which is a private, comprehensive Master’s institution located in Tiffin in northwestern Ohio. For consideration, or to
obtain additional information, please visit For questions or more information, contact
Laura Johnson- Candidates should upload a cover letter describing why they’re interested in
this position, a current resume, and the contact information for three references. Review of candidates will begin May 31,
2023 and will continue until the position has been filled.