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Postdoctoral Fellow on soil moisture dynamics

22.06.2018 - University of Texas, Austin

The Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas seeks a postdoctoral fellow to (1) conduct numerical simulations related to diffuse groundwater recharge and/or (2) assess drought indices related soil water models calibrated with in situ sensors. The successful candidate will model the impact of soil and climate variability on related processes.

We are looking for a highly motivated and team-oriented individual who develops and optimizes soil physical models to ground observations of soil moisture and evapotranspiration. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. within the last three years in earth sciences, soil sciences, hydrology, engineering, or a related field. Demonstrated experience unsaturated zone modeling (e.g. Hydrus), complex scripting and parameter optimization (Python or Matlab), applications using digital soil mapping, and a strong record of productivity in research are preferred.

Established in 1909, the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences is the oldest and second-largest organized research unit at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to functioning as the State Geological Survey of Texas, the Bureau conducts research focusing on the intersection of energy, the environment, and the economy, where significant advances are being made tackling tough problems globally. This position is located in Austin, Texas.

Applicants should email a curriculum vitae, a one page narrative summary of research experience and goals, and contact information of two references to Todd Caldwell (

Todd G. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Bureau of Economic Geology
University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, TX 78713-8924
Ph: 512.471.2003
Fax: 512.471.0140