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Postdoctoral Researcher in Wetland Hydrology and Nutrient Retention Modeling

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A postdoctoral position is available to join an interdisciplinary research team at The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources at Tennessee Tech University. The successful candidate will work with a team of hydrologists and ecologists studying riparian wetland restoration in agricultural watersheds within the Lower Mississippi River Basin. This position will develop models assessing restoration success in terms of improved nutrient retention, integrating regional field-scale nutrient cycling and hydrology data, with potential to incorporate multiple biologic, hydrologic, and anthropogenic aspects.

This work is part of a multi-university and agency project supported by the US Department of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at these partner institutions to produce regional synthesis models and assessments. Specific duties of this positon include compiling and analyzing datasets and models to understand wetland hydrology, water quality, and nutrient budgets; collecting field hydrology and water quality data; writing and submitting peer reviewed publications; presenting research at local, regional, national, and/or international meetings; and working with and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students working on the project.

Qualifications We are seeking a highly motivated individual with advanced knowledge of watershed processes, wetland hydrology, remote sensing, GIS, watershed or nutrient transport modeling, and excellent quantitative, written, and oral communication skills. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in engineering, geosciences, aquatic ecology or a similar field, with a strong background in statistical modeling and the ability to work well with both a team and individually. It is preferred that the candidate have good computer programming knowledge (Python, R, VB, or C), applied mathematics experience and quantitative skills. Field experience collecting hydrology and water quality data is also beneficial.

Salary and duration: $50,000 per year plus benefits. The position is for one year with the opportunity to extend for up to three years based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. The position start date is negotiable, but is available immediately.


Applications should include a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Please email application materials to Dr. Justin Murdock, Department of Biology, at

Questions can be directed to Dr. Murdock,, (931) 372-3147 or Dr. Alfred Kalyanapu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,, (931) 372-3561.