[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Positions -Soil and River Geochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Dec 9 09:58:26 MST 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Two postdoctoral positions are available for collaborative research in - a)
soil organic matter dynamics and b) aqueous geochemistry of metals in
rivers that is to be conducted in the Arequipa region of Peru.  Purdue
University and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in Arequipa,
Peru have partnered to form the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy,
Water, and the Environment (Nexus Institute), which, over the course of
this multi-year, multi-disciplinary partnership, will investigate key
environmental, land use, agroeconomic, and social challenges limiting the
development of adaptive, profitable, and sustainable food-energy-water
systems in the Arequipa Region of Peru.

            The two successful candidates, part of a cohort of 23 new
postdoctoral researchers to be hired within the Nexus Institute in
2018-2019, will investigate soil and river sediment dynamics from the
Andean terraced region to the desert lower elevation environments that are
under intensive irrigation.  The research will emphasize the following:  a)
the biogeochemical controls on soil organic matter
stabilization/destabilization in desert, flood plain, and terraced systems,
b) measurement and modelling of the speciation and transport of metals from
legacy mines and naturally eroded ore deposits, and c) metal organic matter
interactions in water, soil, and sediment.  Experience in stable isotope
tracers and organic geochemistry will be necessary for this position.

            Candidates for this position should have completed their PhD,
or should expect to complete their degree by the start date, in
geochemistry, biogeochemistry, soil science, environmental engineering, or
a related relevant program.  Scientific or technical fields providing
training in geospatial data analysis are desired.  Candidates interested in
this position should have a record of scientific achievement, excellent
verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in an
international and interdisciplinary environment geared toward investigating
problems related to environmental sustainability. Spanish language skills
are highly desirable. While the postdoctoral positions are based at Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN, USA the successful candidates will be
expected to engage in field and laboratory work in Peru, primarily in the
Arequipa region, for extended, multi-week periods of time.  Initial
appointments are for 1-year starting as early as mid-January, 2019 with
potential renewal for a second year upon review.

Applicants should supply (a) a curriculum vitae (b) a statement of research
interests and goals (maximum 2 pages) and (c) e-mail address of three
references to: Timothy Filley - Filley at purdue.edu.   Application review
will begin immediately.

Note:  I will be at the Fall AGU meeting in Washington D.C. and can set up
interview times there.

Arequipa Nexus Institute http://purdue.edu/dp/arequipa-nexus (Twitter -

Center for the Environment -

PSI-Lab - http://eaps.purdue.edu/psi/

Soilexplorer - https://soilexplorer.net/


Timothy Filley, PhD

Director, Discovery Park Center for the Environment


Professor-Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,

Dept. of Agronomy

Purdue University

phone: 7654946581

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