Coastal Water Quality Modeler

The Water Institute of the Gulf is seeking a Coastal Water Quality Modeler to conduct numerical modeling work in coastal and deltaic environments with a focus of simulating water quality constituents of nutrients, phytoplankton, salinity, total suspended solids, and dissolved oxygen. This is a full-time position with benefits and will report to and work closely with Melissa Baustian, Coastal Ecologist and Director of the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence as well as work closely with research engineers and water resource scientists from the Coastal & Deltaic Systems Modeling group. The position will provide technical support in the development and application of surface water quality models (e.g., Delft3D-WAQ, FVCOM, ROMS, EFDC/HEM3D, WASP, SWAT, FVCOM) to assess how coastal ecosystems respond to restoration alternatives, land use, climate change, and other stressors. Therefore, this candidate will be expected to work closely with partners from academia, industry, and local, state, and regional governments as necessary to generate exemplary, world-class applied research.

This position will involve working within a dynamic team of natural and social science researchers at the Water Institute supporting a variety of coastal restoration studies, mostly in coastal Louisiana. The incumbent will calibrate and validate an existing ecosystem model of coastal Louisiana and develop new regional models to estimate how various coastal restoration decisions can influence the estuarine hydrology, water quality, and biogeochemical cycles and budgets (nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon). The position may also require integration of natural and human system data to assess the effectiveness of nature-based solutions.

Interested persons should apply online at The Water Institute of the Gulf’s Career Center.

Applications should include a cover letter highlighting accomplishments as they relate to the position, a full CV, pdf copies of representative writing (e.g., thesis or peer-reviewed publications), and the names and contact information of three references.