[ES_JOBS_NET] Job Posting: Hydrology, Land Surface Modelling . . . Postdoc

John Sabo John.L.Sabo at asu.edu
Thu Dec 1 15:15:30 MST 2016

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Tempe Campus

Full/Part Time



Regular Fiscal Appointment

Position Type

This is a grant-funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding. Appointments are year-to-year with possible subsequent renewal, based upon performance, the needs of the department, and availability of funding.

Hiring Range

$48,000 to $50,000 annually, DOE

Job Description
The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) a center of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholars to begin in 2017. The scholars will work with Dr. John Sabo and become part of the Earth Genome project which aims to develop water scenario planning tools that assist private sector companies scope and strategize corporate stewardship projects in large basins across the world.  Applicants must be within four (4) years of receipt of the terminal degree at the time of application.  Scholars will be expected to work on developing land surface models to understand where green infrastructure (i.e., wetland restoration, riparian forest restoration, prairie strips) could impact short term hydrologic storage.  This work is funded by Levi-Strauss & Co and a collaboration with the 501c3 non-profit, The Earth Genome (earthgenome.org).  The project goal is to help Levi Strauss & Co develop science-based water sustainability targets relevant to their operations in Lahore and the River Ravi catchment (part of the larger Indus River system).  Though the project will initially start in the Indus system, the postdoc will contribute to an ASU-Earth Genome collaboration that aims to apply cutting edge hydrologic science to develop global data support systems for the private sector.

Fellows will build water resources models that contribute to the design of an API to mine stored data to create flexible scenarios.  The postdoctoral fellow's primary responsibility is the hydrology within a land surface model (e.g., Variable Infiltration Capacity model) but will have extensive interactions with Levi Strauss, Earth Genome and several other relevant ASU research units including CBO (https://sustainability.asu.edu/biodiversityoutcomes/), Future H2O (https://futureh2o.asu.edu/) and the Decision Theater Network (https://dt.asu.edu/).  Fellows will also receive leadership and science communication training via CBO.

Essential Duties
Conduct land surface modelling (VIC, MODFLOW or other), contribute to design of application programming interfaces, analyze data; disseminate results in presentations and scientific publications.

Minimum Qualifications

  *   Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in Hydrology, Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field by the start date of the appointment. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must indicate the date the degree is expected.
  *   Applicants must have training or experience in one or more of the following disciplines:  hydrology, civil engineering, sustainability, big data.
  *   Evidence of ability to conduct independent research, to collaborate across disciplines, and to publish research results.

Desired Qualifications
Demonstrates experience in one or more of the following skills: macroscale hydrodynamic models (such as Height Above Nearest Drainage, Variable Infiltration Capacity model, Ca-Ma-Flood); groundwater models (e.g., MODFLOW) and connections between e.g., VIC and MODFLOW or other coupled groundwater-surface water approaches; familiarity with demand forecasting approaches; programming skills in all languages required for models listed above as well as Python, Matlab and R; visualization of complex data in ArcGIS.

Instructions to Apply
To review and apply for this position, please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/39451. Applicants must submit:

  1.  Cover letter explaining how prior experience and qualifications are appropriate to the job activities.
  2.  Statement of research accomplishments. Applicants should describe experience and goals related to the program, highlighting strengths of the applicant's experience. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their dedication to solving sustainability problems through research and scholarship, capacity to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, and excellent communication skills. Special emphasis will be placed on candidates who explain how their research would both benefit from and advance ongoing activities in the area of public-private partnerships to solve sustainability problems, who strongly integrate the pursuit of knowledge about earth science and modelling with end users outside of the ivory tower.
  3.  Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  4.  Letters of recommendation. Provide the name, phone number, address, and e-mail address of three references.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Application Close Date
The deadline will be December 16, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Department Information

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is a research institute with a trans-disciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. It brings together academics from varied disciplines with leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector to solve some of the most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability, to create and share knowledge, and to develop a global network of practitioners and scholars. Examples of specific problem domains include water quality and scarcity; adaptation to changes in climate and environment; sustainable development; urban sustainability; energy, materials, and technology; food and food systems; and policy, governance, and social transformation.

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is a partnership between the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (ASU Wrigley Institute) (www.sustainability.asu.edu/<http://www.sustainability.asu.edu/> ) and the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) (www.sols.asu.edu/<http://www.sols.asu.edu/>). ASU Wrigley Institute is the hub of ASU's sustainability initiatives, advancing research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. SOLS offers various undergraduate and graduate degrees in medicine, biotechnology, microbiology, conservation biology and ecology.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability actively encourages diversity among its applicants and workforce.

For further information about CBO, please contact biodiversity at asu.edu<mailto:biodiversity at asu.edu>.

John Sabo
Director, Future H2O
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Arizona State Univeristy
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