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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Integrating Deep Learning with Hydro-Ecological Modeling


The MacroSystems Ecology Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology at Iowa State University is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of flood and nutrient pollution prediction.

This position focuses on the fusion of deep learning and process-based hydro-ecological modeling. The chosen candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary research team to forecast rural flood occurrences and nutrient loss from land to aquatic systems. Specific responsibilities encompass large-scale data development and analysis, enhancing hybrid models, conducting simulations, evaluating models, performing uncertainty analyses, and preparing manuscripts. Collaborative support from experts in computer science, deep learning, and hydroinformatics will be provided under two ongoing NSF projects. Moreover, the selected individual will be encouraged to explore new research directions, such as participating in research proposal development. Additionally, they will assist in lab management and engage with both graduate and undergraduate students.



  • A Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecohydrology, Agriculture, Forestry, or related fields with experience of terrestrial ecosystem modeling is required.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience and background on biogeochemistry/hydrology modeling, deep learning, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (prefer C or C++).

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, record of research publications in refereed journals of high quality, and a demonstrated ability to function well within multidisciplinary teams are required.

  • The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the date appointment is scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate in English.


Offer: Salary ($50-55k) commensurate with training and research experience plus health benefit, mentoring by and collaboration with senior research personnel from a multidisciplinary team, office space and computer facilities, and coverage of research and related travel expenses.


The postdoctoral research associate position is available for an immediate start (exact date negotiable). We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue the process until the position is filled.

Please email a cover letter, a CV, and names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references to Dr. Chaoqun Lu (

Any further query is welcome.

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