Post Doctoral Research Associate in Statistical Hydrology/Ecology for INFEWS

Tempe, Arizona (US)
$47,476-$60,000; DOE
April 03 2018
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We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to lead one component of an NSF-funded INFEWS project that aims to develop mechanistic statistical models of food systems in the Mekong River basin and the relationships between climate driven changes in hydrologic regimes, dams and rice and inland fishery production and harvest. The project is multi-disciplinary and involves five partner institutions—University of Washington, the Asian Institute of Technology, the Cambodian Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute, the Mekong River Commission and Conservation International. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. John Sabo and work closely with his team and partners at the University of Washington (hydrologists and ecologists) and MRC (access to stakeholders and dam engineers).   The main goal for the position is to link hydrology and ecology using a combination of spectral analysis of observed and future discharge data and Multi-Variate Autoregressive State Space (MARSS) methods to represent community dynamics of riverine fishes. 

The selected applicant will perform the following specific tasks:

  1. Mine and collate necessary data on fish and rice harvest from easy to access sources (MRC and IFReDI) from several locations across the Mekong Basin.
  2. Learn, adapt and improve on published spectral methods for analyzing discharge data
  3. Learn and implement MARSS models for merging rice and fish production data
  4. Collaborate with UW, CI, IFReDI and the MRC to develop approaches for forecasting future extreme discharge events and implementing these as covariates in MARSS simulations of fish community resilience
  5. Advise and manage a large team of undergraduate and graduate personnel in rugged field conditions during a spring-summer field research program
  6. Perform essential administrative duties associated with the project, including financial reporting, progress reports and project collaboration
  7. Actively publish in scientific journals, present research at society meetings, and interact regularly with other faculty in related fields at ASU, UW, MRC, IFReDI and CI

Qualifications: PhD in ecology, hydrology, ecohydrology, statistics or related field.  Applicants must exhibit strong quantitative and communication skills, demonstrated ability to publish in peer‐reviewed journals, and a proven record of leadership and ability to coordinate large research programs.

Location: The position will be located within the facilities associated with Future H2O, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.  John Sabo is the Founding Director of Future H2O, a member of the Faculty of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Sciences, one of six faculty groups in SoLS, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability.  See:

Salary range: $50-60,000 annually plus benefits; funded for 1-2 years contingent on experience, performance and funding.

Contact: To apply email a cover letter that addresses your interest, experience (in response to the requirements stated above) and future career goals, curriculum vitae, most relevant (3) publications (PDF), and contact information for at least three references to: Screening of applicants will occur immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. A background check is required for employment.   Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For ASU's complete non-discrimination statement point your browser to:

More information about John Sabo’s research can be found at the following URLs:


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