[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Scientist Ohio State University - Ecological Engineering Program & Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Feb 13 08:43:02 MST 2014

   The Ohio State University - Ecological Engineering Program & Aquatic
   Ecology Laboratory

   Drs. Jay F. Martin and Stuart A. Ludsin have 2 years of support for a
   Post-doctoral Scientist to contribute to an ongoing biophysical modeling
   project that is focused on Lake Erie and its watershed.

   The incumbent will lead a major modeling effort in support of a funded
   4-year NSF Combined Human and Natural Systems project that is
   linkages among climate change, ecology, and human behavior (e.g.,
   decision-makers) in the largely agricultural Maumee River watershed,
   is a primary source of sediments and nutrients to western Lake Erie.

   The Post-doc's primary responsibilities will be two-fold:

   1) predict how climate and watershed land use interact to affect
   (Lake Erie) ecosystem attributes (e.g., water clarity, harmful algal
   blooms, fisheries production) by integrating an existing SWAT watershed
   model that is driven by climate and land use/management with established
   statistical models from western Lake Erie; and

   2) to determine if changes in human behavior across the watershed can
   offset the expected impacts of climate change on Lake Erie ecosystem
   services. This latter objective will be achieved by modeling ecosystem
   scenarios in which a regional climate model is used to drive linked,
   spatially-explicit models of public policy, farmer behavior, land
   management change, and the biophysical system.

   Because the SWAT model has been calibrated and validated, the successful
   candidate can immediately begin performing management and climate
   scenarios, as well as publishing results.

   The Post-doc will be co-supervised by Drs. Martin and Ludsin and work
   closely with an interdisciplinary team of Ohio State faculty,
   and students that includes social scientists, economists and

   The Post-doc is expected to write manuscripts, present scientific
   and help mentor students that are conducting related field, laboratory,
   modeling research. Opportunities, if interested, would exist to
   in field and lab work, gain university teaching experience, attend
   workshops, and write research grants. Support to attend scientific
   will be provided annually.

   The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty,
   post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL;
   www.ael.osu.edu/<http://www.ael.osu.edu/>), which is housed within the
   Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
   (www.eeob.osu.edu/<http://www.eeob.osu.edu/>), or the Ecological
   Engineering Program, which is located within the department of Food,
   Agricultural & Biological Engineering
   (www.fabe.osu.edu/fabe/<http://www.fabe.osu.edu/fabe/>). Office space
   would be provided on Ohio State's main campus in Columbus.

   A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of
   both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group.
   Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology, engineering, aquatic
   sciences, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and
   communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have extensive
   experience using SWAT models to analyze watershed hydrology and nutrient
   transport. Additional experience in ecological engineering, aquatic
   and familiarity with GIS is desired.

   How to apply:
   Electronically submit a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information
   three references to Stuart Ludsin at
   ludsin.1<at>osu.edu<mailto:ludsin.1<at>osu.edu> and Jay Martin at
   martin.1130<at>osu.edu<mailto:martin.1130<at>osu.edu> (please put
   Post-Doc" in the subject line). We have begun reviewing applications and
   will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date
   would be March 2014. Feel free to direct questions to Drs. Ludsin and

   Stuart A. Ludsin
   1314 Kinnear Rd., 232 Research Center
   Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
   Dept. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
   The Ohio State University
   Columbus, Ohio 43212

   Phone: 614-292-1613
   Fax: 614-292-0181
   Email: ludsin.1<at>osu.edu<mailto:ludsin.1<at>osu.edu>
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