Postdoctoral Scholar with Distinguished Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

$54,540 – 58,608 * Based on qualifications and experience
Will remain open until filled

The UC Irvine Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position beginning as early as June 2021.

The department is looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in geomorphology and landscape processes and especially in quantitative analysis of river networks in erosional and depositional environments, such as river deltas. Familiarity with remote sensing data of landscapes and methodologies for feature extraction (rivers, waterbodies, etc.) is highly desirable, as is experience and/or interest to learn graph theoretical approaches for the analysis of river networks and computation of metrics that could be used to differentiate between systems in different geomorphic environments. Combining knowledge from experimental settings, numerical modeling and analysis of field deltas is desirable to understand the relations between forcing (river, tide, wave dominance) and the expression that this forcing leaves on the river network structure. 

The candidate should have a strong publication record, strong analytical skills and a background in quantitative geomorphology and hydrology, GIS and computer programming skills in Python/MATLAB. Experience in high-performance computing, remote sensing and handling large data sets is preferable. Responsibilities will include designing and running numerical experiments, analyzing data from past events and measurement campaigns, developing process-level understanding and leading peer-reviewed publications.  

The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate within the research group of Distinguished Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou in the UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and other groups in the U.S. and U.K. on tropical deltas and also arctic deltas. Opportunities exist for collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers.

Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable for up to two years, subject to performance and availability of funding. Minimum qualifications include a doctorate in civil engineering, hydrology or a related field from an accredited university.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications and contact information for three references. Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.