Postdoctoral Research Associate

CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
New York City, New York (US)
$58,000 + benefits
October 01 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to join a consortium of academic partners analyzing contemporary and future challenges to food-energy-water systems (FEWS) of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Extreme weather will continue to challenge the performance of FEWS-related engineered and natural infrastructure, and serve as a major force shaping future decisions on environment, economy, and national security. This project responds to this imperative by creating the C-FEWS (Climate-induced extremes on the linked Food, Energy, Water System) research framework to advance modeling, data integration and assessment capabilities in support of hypothesis-based research on regional FEWS dynamics. It is also designed to support policy-making by identifying alternative manage-ment strategies under changing climate and weather extremes over multitemporal time horizons to 2100.

The project is seeking a creative, self-motivated, and energetic post-doctoral fellow assist, coordinate various aspects of, and be trained for a leadership position in the field.


Eligible fields of expertise:

Modeling, numerical methods and/or geospatial data analysis training in any of the following areas: hydrology, environmental systems analysis, environmental engineering, energy assessment, ecosystem services evaluation.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Execute large-scale food-water-energy nexus modeling studies;
  • Data integration from Earth System science and human dimensions perspectives;
  • Analyze role of traditional engineering assets and ecosystem services in regional food-energy-water systems;
  • Under the general supervision of the Senior Research Director and PIs, perform simple-to-complex research tasks, investigations, and analytical activities independently;
  • Formulate scenarios of potential future trajectories of FEWS conditions and management responses;
  • Integrate across individual project elements (models, data) by helping to create and apply a holistic analysis framework.


Qualifications and skills sought:

  • Strong numerical skills;
  • Modeling, data visualization geospatial analysis (GIS);
  • Ability to write clearly, including technical reports & peer-reviewed scientific publications;
  • Presentation skills for internal team meetings and scientific conferences;
  • Capacity to participate in team-based research and lead various aspects of the work, including project management.


Other duties:

  • In coordination with project lead, execute project management on various aspects of project;
  • Interdisciplinary interactions with a modeling team;
  • Consultation with other researchers and authorities in the field as appropriate;
  • Interact and help mentor graduate and undergraduate students who are affiliated with the project;
  • Ability to travel domestically;
  • Work well in team environment but with ability to perform research independently;
  • Preparation of annual and other administrative reports;
  • Organize planning meetings and events, web-based communications as necessary.


Core competencies/qualifications:

Candidate should have completed a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in an appropriate field of study, or specialty, from an accredited institution in project-related fields.


How to apply:

Please submit as separate documents your CV, a statement of research interests, two recent reprints, and contact information for three references here:

For further information and questions, please contact Prof. Charles J. Vörösmarty (, 212-413-3142).

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