Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Job Description: 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University is seeking a multi-disciplinary post-doctoral scientist with experience in process-based hydrologic modeling and/or agent-based modeling (ABM) to work on research projects related to water-food-energy-environment nexus at watershed and regional scales. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of water scientists and engineers, the selected candidate is expected to participate in the development of an integrated complex distributed water systems model and apply it to understand effects of variations in the hydrologic cycle and climate change on coupled human-natural systems.

This is a one-year position (starting salary as $55,000 with benefit) with the possibility of extension for the following years depends on work performance and available funding. The position is immediately available and with a flexible start date before 2019/10/01.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Computer Science or similar fields;

2. Coding experience in Python, R, Matlab, or C++;

Preferred Qualifications

1. Research experience in developing and applying hydrologic models in water resources, including knowledge of optimization and water resources system analysis;

2. Experience with RiverWare or any ABM software (e.g., NetLogo) is a major plus;

3. Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals;

Major Duties

1. Running an agent-based model that coupled with a river-reservoir routing model: RiverWare to simulate influences of human decisions at watershed level regarding energy-water nexus;

2. Developing an agent-based model that coupled with RiverWare to simulate influences of human decisions at a regional level regarding energy-water nexus. This study area will be the Colorado River, and the RiverWare software will be the Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS);

3. Participating in other research work in the Complex Adaptive Water System (CAWS) research group, located at Lehigh University

Application Materials Required

The postdoc will report directly to Prof. Y. C. Ethan Yang. Please send 1) letter of interest (describing applicants’ research experience and interests), 2) CV with a list of publications, 3) contact info of two references (name and email), 4) international applications will need to provide the proof of English proficiency and/or questions to The position will remain open until filled.

About Lehigh University

For 150 years, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges provide graduate and undergraduate education to approximately 7,000 students. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh is 80 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, providing an accessible and convenient location that offers an appealing mix of urban and rural lifestyles. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is just six miles from campus. Lehigh Valley cities and towns are regularly listed as among the best places to live in the country. Lehigh’s CEE Department is consistently ranked among the top 25 nationally.

The CEE Water Resources Laboratory has a flow capacity of 6 cfs and has 2 modeling tanks (12' x 30' and 10' x 20', respectively), a 50' horizontal flume, several short tilting flumes, and experimental benches. The Water and Environmental Engineering research laboratories are located in the state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society (STEPS) research facility ( STEPS is also home to the Energy Systems Engineering Institute ( and Environmental Initiative (EI) ( The EI is an interdisciplinary program consisting of faculty, staff and students from all four colleges of Lehigh whose overall mission is to advance humanity's understanding and awareness of our role in interaction with our natural environment through research, teaching, and outreach. The EI enables interdisciplinary efforts that transcend typical departmental and college boundaries in degree programs, problem-based research projects, and environmental education for school children, policymakers, and the general public.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lehigh provides a wide range of networking, mentoring and development opportunities for an early-career scientist, and promotes a healthy work-life balance (see Lehigh is a recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility and a 2010 National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see Lehigh offers excellent benefits, including domestic-partner benefits, and Lehigh is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium to assist highly qualified couples who face the dual career challenge.

Review of Applications: 
Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2019 - the position will remain open until filled.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community.

Lehigh University is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award for promoting the careers of women in academic science and engineering. Read more about Lehigh’s ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty at:

Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at:

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