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Postdoctoral Scholar – Ecohydrogeology

Northern Arizona University

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeLocation525 E Pine Knoll Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86011+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionDental insuranceHealth insuranceRetirement planVision insuranceFull Job Description

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nations preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

Job Description

The Geoecohydrology Lab and the Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab at Northern Arizona Universitys Flagstaff campus seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to support a collaborative project between the three universities across Arizona (Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University). The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research to quantify the impacts of land management and forest restoration treatments (e.g, mechanical thinning and prescribed burning) across Arizona on groundwater recharge. The postdoctoral scholar will work with extensive hydrological and remote sensing data (ECOSTRESS and Landsat satellite images) to map, monitor, and model recharge responses and will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of geologists, hydrologists, and remote sensing scientists. The position will be based in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ with an immediate expected start date in early 2023.
The scholar will serve as scientific lead on this project, with primary responsibility for guiding the intellectual development of the methodology for scaling point-based measurements to regional scales. Key activities will include: (a) working with PIs Abraham Springer and Temuulen Sankey at Northern Arizona University to analyze geohydrological and ecohydrological data, (b) developing remote sensing-based models of ecohydrological responses to forest management, (c) developing peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations.
Research & Publications – 85%

Collate and compile hydrologic and geospatial data.
Statistically summarize and analyze the datasets and present them in peer-reviewed publications in disciplinary journals.

Academic & Lab Liason – 10%

Work across 2 labs on campus and will coordinate the efforts in these labs.

Other – 5%

Other administrative and research tasks related to the project, including organizing and training others in project protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in geosciences, hydrology, geology, ecohydrology, or remote sensing.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in ecohydrological research.
Experience in geospatial and remote sensing data analysis.
Peer-reviewed (current or upcoming) publications.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


Knowledge of the use of laboratory/field instruments and tools.
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject disciplines.


Organizational and project management skills.
Leadership, coordination, and/or supervision skills.
Data collection, processing, and analysis.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Highly motivated to perform research in a collaborative environment.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
Communicates effectively.
Possesses strong problem solving, organizational, and analytical capabilities.
Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $54,799. Annual salary commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents’ Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service. NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Application Deadline

February 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Springer at and Dr. Sankey at
To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the “Submit” button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets. If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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