Post-doctoral Research Hydrologist/Geomorphologist in Post-fire Watershed Restoration

The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station is seeking a postdoctoral researcher focused on the long-term hydrologic and geomorphic responses to wildfire with and without management interventions. The position will be part of a large team across the western U.S and based at the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station in Arcata, CA. The selectee will synthesize data collected from past post-wildfire experiments and contribute to new lines of research. We anticipate a three-year position, subject to continued funding and selectee’s performance.

For more information read the full position announcement.

To apply: Please email a single pdf consisting of a: cover letter, CV, research statement (2 pp max), PhD transcripts, and current contact information for three references to Joe Wagenbrenner ( by 29 December 2023.

Faculty Position


  • U.S. citizenship and a PhD in hydrology, geomorphology, or closely related field are required.

Relevant experience analyzing empirical watershed data is also required, and experience drawing conclusions from multi-year data sets from burned watersheds is preferred. Additional requirements include a pre-appointment background check, a state motor vehicle license, a clean driving record, and the ability to work extended periods in and travel over rough terrain carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs).


The position will be filled at a grade of GS-11 or GS-12.

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Contact Name

Joe Wagenbrenner

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