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Stream and River Ecosytem Ecologist


Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.


Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a stream and river ecosystem ecologist to be hired at the assistant or associate research scientist rank, with expertise in systems approaches to understanding biological, chemical, and hydrodynamic processes in streams, rivers, and their watersheds. The individual will establish a permanent stream and river ecosystem science and modeling research program that is focused on understanding dynamics of water, nutrients, energy, and pollutants in stream ecosystems. The preferred candidate will be a broad thinker and have expertise and demonstrated use in applying mathematical modeling approaches to answer questions that advance knowledge and theory of freshwater systems ecology.

We prefer candidates who have at least one year postdoctoral research experience and a Ph.D. relating to any of the core disciplines of ecology, environmental chemistry/biogeochemistry, biology, hydrology, or environmental engineering. The ideal candidate should (1) have core competencies in stream ecology, biogeochemistry, physical environmental sciences (e.g., hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, hydrodynamics), and/or mathematical modeling; (2) possess a strong basic and theoretical understanding of ecosystem ecology and freshwater science and be able to integrate bio-, geo-, and hydrological sciences; (3) possess a strong publication record; (4) be able to secure external funding for research in their primary discipline; (5) have a proven ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team; (6) be knowledgeable about the emerging technologies within their discipline.


This is a senior-level research scientist position with expectations for strong grantsmanship, lab management, management of technical staff, data analysis/modeling, and peer-reviewed publications in scientific literature. The successful candidate is expected to build and manage a science section that may include technical staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral candidates. The Stroud Center currently offers rich collaborative opportunities for measuring, monitoring, and modeling biogeochemical and biological processes or building large scale, spatially explicit models that incorporate aspects of physical and/or biological processes in streams/rivers/watersheds. Experience with environmental sensor networks or incorporating watershed-scale, high temporal and spatial resolution data from in-situ devices to build predictive models is also a plus. Opportunities to work with long-term (30–40 years) environmental monitoring data are also available. The successful candidate will be expected to both lead and work collaboratively on projects with other Stroud Center scientists, environmental educators, and watershed restoration professionals, as well as with external partners and colleagues as needed to derive a successful research program.


Application deadline is 15 May, 2017 in anticipation of starting the position in late 2017 or early 2018. Apply by sending cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, statement of research interests and goals, and the names and addresses of three potential references to jobs@stroudcenter.org as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT to the email (do not send multiple attachments). Email applications MUST include “STREAM ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGIST” in the email subject line. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Review of applications will begin on 20 May, 2017. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by video conference. The job announcement is posted on the Stroud Center employment webpage under “About” (http://www.stroudcenter.org/jobs).


The Stroud Center will offer an attractive startup package for the successful candidate that will fully fund the scientist and one technician or a graduate student/postdoctoral candidate for a period of two years and will include additional laboratory start-up funds. After two years, nine months of the senior scientist’s time will be covered by endowment, and technical support will be partially endowed.

The ecosystem ecologist position is a full-time position with full Stroud Center benefits including health care and eligibility for participation in the pension/defined-benefit retirement program (fully vested after five years of service). The annual salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and rank.


Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property.

In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more at www.stroudcenter.org/mec.

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, nonadvocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Stroud Water Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.