Postdoctoral Position in Water Resources Modeling: At The Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College, City University of New York

Postdoctoral Position in Water Resources Modeling: At The Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College, City University of New York

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) seek to hire a research scientist or research engineer who will contribute to our efforts to develop, test and apply models of this water supply system. The candidate will work with NYCDEP water quality modeling staff and other CUNY researchers on a day to day basis. Candidates with experience in any of the following areas of interest will be considered: 

1. Simulation of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in the water column and sediments of lakes and reservoirs.

2. Kinetics of the fraction of organic carbon compounds that are precursors to disinfection byproducts in freshwater systems. 

3. Application of models (e.g., CE-QUAL-W2, GLM, EFDC, ELCOM) to simulate lake/reservoir stratification and water quality under extreme hydrologic conditions (floods and droughts) that may occur under current and future climate conditions.

4. Use of water resources models to guide the operation of a drinking water supply system.

5. Development and application of alternatives to process-based reservoir models, including statistical, and machine learning or artificial neural network approaches. 

6. Development of climate scenarios for assessing impacts of climate change on water resources and water quality.

Position details: - Interviews with well-qualified candidates may begin as early as November 15, 2021. - Location: NYCDEP office in Kingston, NY, 100 miles north of NYC in the Hudson Valley region. - This is a full time position with salary of ~$64k per year, with benefits, and is open to qualified candidates of any nationality. If necessary, visas may be arranged through the City University of New York, depending on government policy. 

The candidate should have the following qualifications and experience: - A doctoral degree in civil or environmental engineering, water resources, environmental chemistry, hydrology, limnology, or a related discipline is preferred. Candidates with a masters degree and a strong record of research will also be considered.

- Experience in the handling, statistical analysis, and presentation of large environmental datasets, and with software to facilitate such work 

- Experience with writing software code to implement new or modified models - Software experience such as MatLab, Fortran, Python, Power BI, and/or R.

- Demonstrated ability to communicate research results to the scientific and water quality management community through peer-reviewed papers, conference presentations and reports. 

- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment. 

Applications should be submitted online at:

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021. Questions about this position should be directed to: Rajith Mukundan (, New York City Department of Environmental Protection.