The CAP postdoctoral fellow will lead a regionally-focused research project focused on the entire Great Lakes Basin that will assess how aquatic ecosystem habitats (i.e., stream temperature regimes) will respond to changes from rain on snow events under climate change. This will allow watersheds/rivers to be targeted for future restoration and mitigation. The project outputs will be developed in conjunction with the project team and members of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as well as other stakeholders to be included as the project progresses. In addition to the main supervisor (Dr. Darren Ficklin), the project team includes Dr. Jason Knouft (Saint Louis University), Samuel Day and Carrie O. Coy (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), and Dr. Karen Murchie (Shedd Aquarium).
1. Collaborate with other CAP scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on how climate change will impact aquatic flows and how this information can be integrated into aquatic ecosystem management.
2. Participate in training and professional development opportunities offered by the CASC network.
3. Develop and adapt a GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic model for the entire Great Lakes Basin using high-performance parallel computing systems.
4. Develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with biologists, hydrologists, and informatics specialists at Indiana University and other collaborators within the MW CASC.
The CAP scholar will conduct research related to changes in rain on snow events under climate change and their influence on aquatic ecosystem habitats throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Specifically, the objectives of the CAP scholar are to: 1) create a hydrologic model for the Great Lakes Basin that simulates rain on snow events and their influence on stream temperatures, 2) incorporate climate change projections into the hydrologic model, and 3) synthesize model outputs for dissemination based on guidance from stakeholders. The successful candidate must manage data and metadata for the project following USGS protocols, regularly report on project status, and complete other organizational duties as assigned in a professional and timely manner.
All applications should be submitted online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/14404. Application packages should include the following:
Cover letter (3-page max) outlining interest in the position and how it aligns with career goals, research interests, and interest and/or experience in the coproduction of actionable science.
Two relevant publications
List of three references
Applicants with inquiries regarding this position should contact Dr. Darren Ficklin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Members of systematically excluded groups are particularly encouraged to apply. This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. We will then invite finalists to interview for the position. The search will remain open until filled.
This is a two-year, full-time position and is expected to start as soon as possible. It will be based at Indiana University-Bloomington with limited travel to the MW CASC at the University of Minnesota and other CASCs for training and networking, including the summer Annual Gathering. The salary is $55,000 per year with second-year funding contingent on satisfactory completion of responsibilities and continuation of funding. The position includes competitive benefits and funding for supplies and travel.
About Climate Adaptation Science Centers
The Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) is a consortium of research-focused academic, Tribal, and non-profit partners working collaboratively with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to deliver science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. There are nine regional centers and a National CASC office in Reston, VA. With coordination from host University of Minnesota, Midwest CASC members work with USGS to support graduate fellows and postdocs, conduct synthesis research, host capacity-building workshops, and foster a regional community of researchers and practitioners.
Indiana University is a major research University founded in 1820, and currently enrolls over 38,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students on the Bloomington campus. Additional information about Indiana University can be found at https://www.indiana.edu/. Bloomington is a diverse community located in the beautiful, wooded hills of southern Indiana approximately 45 minutes from Indianapolis and 3.5 hours from Chicago, with abundant, high quality cultural and recreational opportunities, low housing costs, and excellent schools. Additional information about the city of Bloomington can be found at https://www.visitbloomington.com/.
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars.
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline including hydrology, climate science, geography, or other relevant earth sciences.
A strong record of relevant peer-reviewed publications and data products.
Demonstrated capacity to conduct quantitative analysis using Matlab, R, or Python and experience with hydrologic models.
The ability to effectively communicate research findings (written and oral) with scientists and stakeholders.
A demonstrated interest in working with decision-makers (such as the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians) to produce actionable science.
About Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.
IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.
By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.