Postdoctoral Scholar – Hydrology, Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research in the field of remote sensing, and hydrological data assimilation. The candidate will be involved in a NASA sponsored project that aims at understanding Human-Driven Changes to the Hydrological Cycle via Multi-Variate Assimilation of Soil Moisture and Terrestrial Water Storage.

A remaining challenge of hydrological data assimilation is to operate within physically realistic models so that the true observational features (e.g., included human driven processes) are not excluded during data assimilation of satellite observations. The successful candidate will be responsible for 1) improving land surface model physics by explicitly introducing existing irrigation schemes; 2) applying multi-variate (soil-moisture and terrestrial water storage) data assimilation schemes; 3) analyzing the multi-variate assimilation results to understand changes in the hydrology caused by both anthropogenic and natural hydrologic processes.

The successful candidate should be passionate and committed, have strong analytical and communication skills, possess excellent programming skills, and have background in land surface modeling, remote sensing, and data assimilation. The successful candidate will contribute to the interpretation of results and publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference presentations. The incumbent will also exercise functional supervision over supporting graduate students. As part of the postdoctoral experience, the incumbent will receive mentoring for developing research proposals and participation in career development activities will be strongly encouraged.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree)


  • PhD (or equivalent international degree)
  • The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills and scientific excellence
  • Excellent quantitative, computational, and programming skills (e.g., Fortran, MATLAB, Python)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team
  • Ability to think critically and innovatively
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary studies


This position reports to Dr. Manuela Girotto.  The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the possibility of an extension, based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included ( 


Contact Manuela Girotto:

Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: The recruitment will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Dr. Girotto at

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Application Deadline: Rolling