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Post-Doctoral Researcher - Hydropower

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 9, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Other Science & Technology
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Full Time
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The Opportunity

The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) in Golden, CO, invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow in hydropower, energy, and climate. We seek an outstanding individual holding a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in Hydrology, Water Resources, Earth System Science, or a closely related field.

In collaboration with Dr. Adrienne Marshall, the postdoctoral fellow will conduct research to evaluate the role of hydropower in a changing energy system. As the electricity system decarbonizes, hydroelectric power is increasingly valuable due to its low carbon emissions and ability to provide important ancillary services. Yet hydropower operations are impacted by many critical non-energy constraints, including changing water availability, that are difficult to fully represent in energy models. Using a dataset of 7 million flow-hours from hydropower dams across the United States, the postdoctoral fellow will develop archetypal flow patterns applicable for energy modeling and evaluate how a changing climate may influence hydropower operations.

This project is funded by the Carnegie Institution of Washington; start date will be as early as the successful applicant is available. Funding is available for 14 months of work. The fellow will be located at the Colorado School of Mines; remote work arrangements may be possible if the fellow resides in Colorado.  

We at Mines recognize that diversity is a crucial component to excellence in education and research, and strive to cultivate a community in which students, faculty, and staff with differing backgrounds, perspectives, talents, and needs are supported. We believe that a diverse community fosters energizing and enlightening debates, leads to deeper commitments, and results in a host of educational, research, and service outcomes both within our institution and the broader scientific community.

  • Conduct research to achieve project objectives using scientific programming, statistical analysis, and potentially machine learning approaches 
  • Publish results in relevant scientific journals 
  • Present research at scientific conferences 
  • Additional activities (such as grant proposal writing, student mentoring, or teaching) as agreed upon by Dr. Marshall and the postdoctoral fellow to enhance the fellow’s career development and opportunities
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in relevant field at time of position start (broadly defined, including hydrology, water resources, earth system science)
  • Programming skills applicable to analyzing large datasets in R, Python, or other languages 
  • Strong foundation in statistical methods 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Substantial expertise in either water or energy systems, and willingness to learn about the area (water or energy) in which the applicant has less expertise 
  • Experience using reproducible computing methods with large datasets
  • Interest in advancing diversity and equity in the scientific community 
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Enthusiasm about scientific discovery, policy-relevant research, and career interests that will be enhanced by participation in this project 
About Mines & Golden, CO Mines is consistently" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range


Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits. How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) which includes uploading a CV, a cover letter, and three references (required). In your cover letter, please describe how your prior research experience relates to the position and how the position will support your career goals. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and candidates will be informed before any outreach to references is conducted. 

For priority consideration, please apply by December 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Background Investigation Required Yes COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.
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