[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Asst - N Footprint - Univ of VA

Meredith Hastings meredith_hastings at brown.edu
Tue Jul 15 18:53:14 MDT 2014

Hi all -- see pasted ad below and attached!
Nitrogen Footprint Research Assistant

The University of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences is seeking an individual to manage the adoption of a nitrogen footprint tool by universities, secondary schools and communities. A nitrogen footprint is the contribution of an entity (e.g., a university) to nitrogen pollution through activities such as energy consumption, food consumption, and the associated food production. The first stage of this project will require the individual to coordinate the application and adaptation of an existing university-level, Excel-based nitrogen footprint tool to other universities in diverse ecological settings. The framework of the tool is already in place; in the first stage of the project the individual will be responsible for both providing support to universities calculating their nitrogen footprint and updating the model when necessary. The individual will also be responsible for organizing multiple workshops for the project team members and developing a Drupal-based website for the project. In subsequent stages of the project, the individual will support adaptation of the university-level nitrogen footprint tool to secondary schools and communities. 

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, organized, has strong writing and communication skills, and has a demonstrated interest in sustainability as well as independent judgment and a high degree of professionalism. The successful candidate will be able to balance research on nitrogen footprints with support and outreach to universities and other stakeholders. 

The candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree by the expected start date. The candidate must also have coursework in environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, engineering, chemistry, computer science, planning, or related fields and must have a background that includes an understanding of the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen. A minimum of 1 year of total experience in at least 2 of the 3 following areas is required: developing and/or managing an interdisciplinary collaborative research project (research experience as a student may be considered); experience with web programming (Flash, Drupal, PHP, html and/or xml); or project budget management. Strong writing and communication skills required; as well as the ability to use independent judgment. Advanced Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel skills are required. 
Prefer research experience on how human use of food and energy resources alters the nitrogen cycle and impacts the environment as well as experience coordinating programs with outside organizations. A Master in Science is preferred. 

To apply, complete a Staff Application through Jobs at UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a CV/Resume, and contact information for three (3) references. Search for posting number 0614629. 

Questions regarding the Staff Application process or Jobs at UVa should be directed to: 
Rachel Short 
rbs2n at virginia.edu 

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

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