Research Scientist: Coastal Water Quality Modeler


The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent applied research institute headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana dedicated to providing advances understanding and technical expertise to support management of coastal, deltaic and water systems, within Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and around the world. Our mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. More information about the Water Institute can be found at our website

Position Description: 

The Water Institute is seeking a Coastal Water Quality Modeler to lead numerical modeling in coastal and deltaic environments with a focus of simulating constituents of nutrients, phytoplankton as chlorophyll a, salinity, total suspended solids, and dissolved oxygen. This is a full-time position with benefits and will report to and work closely with the Director of the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence from the Coastal Ecology group as well as work closely with research engineers and water resource scientists from the Natural Systems Modeling Group. The position will proivde technical support in the development and application of surface water quality models (e.g., Delft3D-WAQ, EFDC/HEM3D, WASP, SWAT, FVCOM) to assess how coastal ecosystems respond to restoration alternatives, land use, climate change, and other stressors. Therefore, this candidate will be expected to work closely with partners from academia, industry, and local, state, and regional governments as necessary to generate exemplary, world-class applied research. 

The position will involve working within a dynamic team of natural and social science researchers at the Water Instittute supporting a variety of coastal restoration studies, mostly coastal Louisiana. The incumbent will calibrate and validate an existing ecosystem model of coastal Louisiana and develop new regional models to estimate how various coastal restoration decisions can influence the estuarine hydrology, water quality, and biogeochemical cycles and budgets (nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon). The position may also require integration of natural and human system data to assess the effectiveness of nature-based solutions.