Postdoctoral Scientist in Montane Forest and Snow Hydrology at the University 
of Nevada, Reno

We seek a dynamic and innovative postdoctoral scientist that works at the 
intersection of snow and 
forest hydrology in mountain systems.  Our project seeks to understand the 
potential role of landscape-
scale forest thinning on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and Sagehen Creek 
watershed on snowpacks and 
streamflow dynamics.  The project combines innovative use of hydrological 
models, remote sensing, and 
field work to tackle critical management questions critical to the future of 
montane forests.  The 
candidate would be based primarily out of the Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab 
at the University of 
Nevada, Reno (UNR) (https://naes.unr.edu/harpold/).  The project is a 
collaboration between UNR, the 
Desert Research Institute, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and 
will include travel to the 
Tague Lab at UCSB (https://tagueteamlab.org).  A variety of physically-based 
models will be employed 
for investigations at different spatial and temporal scales, including snowpack 
energy budget 
(SnowPALM), hydrological (GSFLOW), and ecohydrological (RHESSys) models. Ideal 
candidates would 
combine expertise in modeling, data analysis, and field data collection.  
Candidates with experience in 
snowpack energy budget modeling or RHESSys type ecohydrological modeling are 
preferred.  
Demanding field work may be necessary. The project requires interacting and 
collaborating with a large 
team, including resource managers and scientists that will require excellent 
communication and 
interpersonal skills.  

Qualifications:
Ph.D. in hydrology related field such as engineering, environmental science, or 
forestry required by start 
date.  Experience with hydrological modeling platforms and related 
scripting/coding required in model 
application and development.

Details: 
The position is potentially extendable to 30 months.  The desired start date is 
August 1st.  The salary 
and benefits are competitive for Reno’s cost of living.  

The University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant and historic 
flagship institution of 
higher. Located in the Truckee Meadows at the base of the Sierra Nevada to the 
west with the 
Intermountain West to the east, the University of Nevada, Reno, is 45 minutes 
from Lake Tahoe. 
Numerous outdoor activities can be found in and adjacent to the city, including 
skiing, mountain biking 
and trails, water sports, and other mountain sports.  The region is also home 
to many culturally and 
socially rich activities, including the Reno Philharmonic and Chamber 
orchestras, the Nevada Museum of 
Art, and Reno Artown; Shakespeare, Jazz, Reno/Tahoe Music, Nevada Chamber 
Music, Pacifica, Aloha, 
Cinco de Mayo, Basque, Sculpture, and River Festivals to name just a few; Hot 
August Nights and Street 
Vibrations; the Reno Balloon Race, and many other diverse events and 
traditions. Northern Nevada is 
home to a growing food culture, with many small farms feeding the farm to table 
movement and local 
restaurants, including a dozen micro-breweries/distillers/vintners in the 
region.

To apply:
Please send an email to aharp...@cabnr.unr.edu with subject line: “Application 
for WCB postdoctoral 
scientist position” that includes a CV and a short (one page) letter about your 
qualifications and interest 
for the position.  Review of applications will be begin May 1 and will be open 
until filled.

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