[ES_JOBS_NET] University of Wisconsin-Madison Post-Doc Opportunity - Coupled Agroecosystem/Groundwater Modeling

Eric Booth egbooth at wisc.edu
Tue Mar 4 08:29:38 MST 2014

*Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Sustainability and Climate:*

*Water, land use and climate change in an urbanizing agricultural region*

A two-year postdoctoral researcher position is available with the *Water
Sustainability and Climate (WSC) *research group at the *University of
Wisconsin-Madison *as part of a five-year project funded by the
National Science
Foundation. The position will be co-supervised by Drs. Chris Kucharik and
Steve Loheide. This position is focused on using an agroecosystem model
(Agro-IBIS) coupled to a groundwater flow model (MODFLOW) to investigate
the impacts of changing land use, land cover and climate on hydrology and
other related ecosystem services of the Yahara Watershed in southern
Wisconsin. Therefore, this position requires strong background in ecohydrology,
with preference to those with previous experience in groundwater flow
modeling and modeling the connections between groundwater and land surface
processes. The scientific goals of this two-year postdoctoral position are:
(1) complete development and calibration of the newly developed
Agro-IBIS-MODFLOW (AIM) model for the Yahara Watershed, and (2) use this
new modeling approach to examine the impacts of changing climate and land
use/cover on flows of water, N, and P through the watershed using a series
of integrated scenarios that portray several pathways of change out to the
year 2070.

Applicants should have strong natural science training with a prior Ph.D.
degree in hydrology, civil and environmental engineering, environmental
fluid mechanics, geology, water resources management, or related field.
Additional background in water quality and quantity, agriculture, and/or
land use change desired. Previous numerical modeling experience with
groundwater modeling tools such as MODFLOW, COMSOL, ParFlow and/or
HydroGeoSphere and the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research is
required; experience with MATLAB, FORTRAN, ArcGIS and spatial analysis is
strongly desired. Strong GPA, GRE scores, and oral and written
communication skills are required.

The postdoc will work closely with an interdisciplinary team spanning
social, ecological, and hydrologic scientists. The project involves six
faculty, two full-time staff members, and numerous graduate and
undergraduate students. The overarching question of our work is: How will
ecosystem services related to freshwater vary and how can they be sustained
in regional watersheds as climate, land use and land cover, land
management, the built environment and human demands change? The geographic
setting for this project is the Yahara Watershed, an urbanizing
agricultural watershed in southern Wisconsin, containing the city of
Madison. Here and elsewhere, human needs for freshwater are growing as
changes in climate, landscapes, the built environment and institutions
alter water flows and quality in sometimes unpredictable ways. These
changes affect ecosystem services related to freshwater, such as flows of
freshwater for domestic, agricultural, industrial, recreational, and other
uses; regulation of floods; water quality; and aspects of human health. To
strengthen conceptual frameworks and improve predictive capacity, this
interdisciplinary project integrates biophysical and social-economic
aspects of regional water systems. The position will also benefit from
connections with the North

Temperate Lakes - Long Term Ecological Research site and network.

The 2-year *Postdoctoral Research position *will begin in late spring or
summer 2014. Review of applications will begin March 14, 2014 and continue
until an applicant is selected. To apply, email to Dr. Chris Kucharik (
kucharik at wisc.edu) the following in a *single *PDF document: cover letter,
CV with undergraduate/graduate GPA and GRE scores, and unofficial
undergraduate/graduate transcripts.

Dr. Chris Kucharik

Water Sustainability and Climate

University of Wisconsin-Madison


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