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I am often looking for talented people to join our team. However, I get many inquiries about opportunities for graduate research assistantships or postdoctoral research associate positions and am not always able (or willing if your inquiry is clearly a form letter) to respond to each of the inquiries individually. If you are interested in joining our team, please carefully review the information on this page. If you are still interested after reading all this (or perhaps even more interested) and you have the required skills, feel free to send me a targeted email explaining why you think our group would be a good fit for your research interests.

UW Hydro | Computational Hydrology: As the name of our group implies, the work in our group heavily relies on computation and computers and their application to hydrology. That means that we are first and foremost hydrologists and that we use computers to advance our understanding of that field. In practice, this means that you need to have a strong interest in hydrology and that you also need to have a real desire to acquire the necessary skills to become adept and proficient at using the tools of our trade. If you join our group, you will need to learn about hydrological models, how to handle and analyze large datasets using languages such as python or R and tools such as CDO and nco, version control, and maybe some compiled languages such as C and Fortran, which are still widely used in scientific programming. Even better if you want to help develop the next generation of computational tools that hydrologists in our group and elsewhere can use as part of their research. But as you will also notice in our list of publications, in the end our research focuses on the application of these tools in hydrology. In practice, this means that if you are only interested in computers and not in hydrology, we are probably not the right fit for you. Similarly, if you have a great interest in hydrology, but would rather not spend a lot of time in front of a computer, our group may not be a good fit for your career aspirations. A brief comment about field work: We make extensive use of field observations in our research, but we typically team up with other groups for projects that have large field work components. That means that opportunities for field work exist, but are mostly limited to assisting others. From time to time we do take the lead on smaller field projects, but this is not common. In short, if large field campaigns are your primary interest, we are probably not a good fit, although that does not mean you will never get to go into the field. However, we are a good fit if you are interested in combining field observations with models or in analyzing large observation data sets.

Graduate students

Graduate students are an integral part of our research team and perform much of the day-to-day research activities in collaboration with faculty, postdocs and research scientists. If you are interested in joining our group as a graduate student, I suggest that you read the prospective graduate student materials from our department first. Also read about the Hydrology and Hydrodynamics faculty in our department to make sure that our group really is the best fit for your interests and aspirations. Because I am committed to provide funding for graduate students, I only work with PhD students. As explained above, the work in our group is funded through research grants and I provide funding for students to work on specific research projects, which in most cases also forms the basis for the scientific papers that form their dissertation. Because MSc students spend a much greater portion of their time on course work, I am not in a position to provide funding for them. The department does offer a non-thesis MSc program that may suit your needs if you are interested in an MSc degree. Note that you can be admitted directly into the PhD program with a BSc in engineering or a related field, although you may need to satisfy some requirements before you are admitted.

The graduate students in our group come from a wide variety of background. Some have engineering degrees, some have science degrees, and some have taken other routes to get to our group. Some have work experience prior to returning to graduate school, while others have gone straight through from their undergraduate. No matter your background, I expect you to have excellent spoken and written communication skills, a strong drive to learn new things, and real enthusiasm about hydrology and computing.

Postdoctoral research associates

All our openings for postdoc positions are advertised to the right. Postdocs are typically hired for specific projects and as a result, the required skill set varies based on the project. Generally, I expect you to be well-versed in at least one area of hydrology and/or computing and interested in developing additional skills in both fields. In addition, I expect you to have excellent spoken and written communication skills and to take a lead in developing new areas of research and publishing on that work in the scientific literature. If there are no openings listed to the right check back from time to time as we often start new research projects.

Research scientists

All our openings for research scientist positions are advertised to the right. Research scientists are hired for specific projects or because I have a need for a specific skill. These positions are typically of a temporary nature and are focused on managing specific technical aspects, for example, managing a large number of model runs, analyzing a specific data set, and the like. You will often assist a faculty member or postdoc in their research. The focus in these positions is less on publishing, although you will be credited in publications where you have contributed significantly. Generally, I expect you to have a specific skill-set and be able to get up-to-speed quickly. In addition, I expect you to have excellent spoken and written communication skills. If there are no openings listed to the right check back from time to time as we often start new research projects.

Visiting scientists and students

Unfortunately I am currently not in a position to accommodate visiting scientists and students, unless you are from a group with whom I already have an active research partnership.

Internships or volunteer research positions

Unfortunately I am currently not in a position to offer internships or volunteer positions, because I do not have sufficient time to support these positions. However, things can change, so check back from time to time if you are interested.

Current openings

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