Postdoctoral Associate in Soil Health and Water Quality

Pennsylvania (US)
Competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications
Jan 23, 2018
Mar 24, 2018
Organization Type
Non-Profit and Associations

Postdoctoral Associate in Soil Health and Water Quality


Stroud Water Research Center is searching for a Postdoctoral Associate to study the impacts of agricultural practices on soil health, hydrology and water quality as part of a 6-year grant-funded collaboration with the Rodale Institute.

The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. in soil science with expertise in microbial ecology, environmental chemistry/biogeochemistry, hydrology/soil hydrology, or closely related field.  The ideal candidate should (1) have core competencies soil microbial ecology, soil/hillslope hydrology, or soil water quality/biogeochemistry; (2) possess a strong basic and theoretical understanding of both soil microbial ecology and soil/hillslope hydrology and be able to integrate bio-, geo-, and hydrological sciences; (3) possess a strong publication record; (4) have a proven ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team; (5) be flexible about field work, especially beyond routine work hours, and spending quality time with collaborating scientists; and (6) be knowledgeable about the emerging technologies within their discipline.


The successful candidate is expected to coordinate a multiple year, interdisciplinary, and collaborative project with colleagues at the Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA) ( Working as a coordinator of research activities, the postdoctoral associate will participate in experimental design and set up, coordinate sample collection, conduct data analyses, produce progress reports and peer-reviewed publications, and develop grant proposals for additional funding. Experience with organic farming and soil health, extracellular enzyme activity assays, or soil environmental sensor network is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with other Stroud Center senior scientists, technical staff, graduate students, environmental educators, outreach communicators, watershed restoration professionals, as well as with external partners and colleagues. This is a full-time, salaried position. Some weekends and early/late working conditions may occasionally be required. This position will require extensive fieldwork and local travel between field sites within southeastern PA.


The application deadline is February 28, 2018 in anticipation of starting the position in late spring 2018. Applicants with approved work permits in the USA will be given priority. To apply, please go to Stroud Center employment webpage ( and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT (do not send multiple attachments). The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2018. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by video conference.



The Stroud Water Research Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan.

Project partner Rodale Institute, located in Kutztown, PA, is also hiring a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in conjunction with this opening. Please visit for the detailed job description.


Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more at

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.