Baylor University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Baylor University

Waco, TX, United States

The Departments of Environmental Science and Biology at Baylor University, Texas seek a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research that applies informatics and high-volume data analytics to understand complex human-environment linkages, with emphasis on urbanized streams, regulated rivers, reservoirs, and their tributaries. The fellow will be co-mentored by Dr. Ryan McManamay (Environmental Science, and Dr. Stephen Powers (Biology,, and will be encouraged to collaborate with our growing research community.


Baylor has outstanding research facilities situated about a 90-minute drive from the booming Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas metro areas. The expected research will develop new strengths and capabilities in characterizing dynamics in aquatic and urban environments through integration of remotely sensed imagery and data products, in situ monitoring, urban indicators, and modeling to understand and forecast complex human-environment systems. Although the focus is largely aquatic, we welcome individuals with backgrounds in terrestrial systems, especially those that possess the desired qualifications and have interest in applying their skills to new lines of inquiry. Potential focus areas include, but are not restricted to, water use mapping, resource footprints, environmental DNA mapping, and water quality dynamics in drinking water reservoirs. The scholar will assist in developing novel monitoring systems to collect and analyze high spatial and temporal resolution data streams in urban or human-modified environments. We also anticipate the scholar will participate in research on examining options, constraints, and trajectories of future urbanization, resource use, and conservation at regional to global scales. Other projects may include developing and testing autonomous imaging technologies for rapid biomonitoring and ecological forecasting of water quality conditions.

The position is fully funded for three years from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2023.

Role of Postdoctoral Fellow

The scholar is expected to routinely publish scientific articles in international journals, lead or contribute to proposals, co-mentor graduate students, serve professional societies, and, if desired, serve as an instructor and participate in curriculum development.


Expected qualifications for a candidate include:

  • Advanced computational skills with ability to quickly manipulate large datasets and perform exploratory analytics
  • Evidence of scholarly activity with experience publishing in reputable scientific journals
  • Experience in informatics and rapid data retrieval, such as web scraping and database queries
  • Familiarity with programming languages, specifically R and python
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS or QGIS platforms

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Established evidence of machine learning/deep learning skills to explore large or high-volume time series datasets
  • Ability to utilize advanced computation facilities through Linux platforms
  • One degree in computational sciences (e.g. bachelors or masters)
  • Experience using cloud-based applications and web services
  • Experience with JavaScript

The Baylor Experience

Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job!  As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, and generous time off, they also get to experience Baylor. 

  • Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (
  • Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*
  • Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
  • Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
  • Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount

To Apply

Candidates should submit an electronic packet with the following items to (1) a cover letter describing of your research experience, interests, and goals, (2) a curriculum vita (CV), (3) a research-based writing sample, and (4) names and contact information for three professional references.

About Baylor
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting staff who support our mission as we pursue our bold vision, Illuminate.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion among its selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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