[ES_JOBS_NET] Seeking postdoctoral and post-master’s applicants for the Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Jan 26 22:06:50 MST 2018

Seeking postdoctoral and post-master’s applicants for the Wisconsin Water
Resources Science-Policy Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (WRI), in partnership
with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), seek postdoctoral and
post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy
challenges related to groundwater management in Wisconsin. Together, these
programs will fund the Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellow
position. This Fellow position will provide a unique educational and career
opportunity for a recent graduate who is interested both in aquatic
resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in
Wisconsin. This program places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate
within a state program full-time for one year, with the Fellow bringing
technical skills to benefit water issues and challenges and receiving
valuable realworld science-policy experience from the resource
professionals who will serve as mentors. This mutually beneficial
partnership will result in advancing science to support policy decisions as
well as valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the
work force. This year, the fellowship will focus on the challenges
associated with reducing nitrate levels in groundwater by making the most
efficient use of nitrogen in agricultural production.

We seek applicants who can:
 Apply their academic background, including course work or research
experience, in groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes,
application of numerical models, and evaluating uncertainty in results
 Work independently and in teams to develop, calibrate and apply three
dimensional groundwater flow models using standard groundwater modeling
 Conduct field work, such as reconnaissance surveys, data collection, and
installation and maintenance of groundwater sampling equipment at WGNHS
research sites
 Compile and analyze hydrogeologic data, maintain project databases,
document model development and application
 Prepare and edit project reports and manuscripts for publication
 Prepare and present project findings in person to a variety of audiences,
including regulators, scientists, and interested stakeholders
  Work cooperatively with WGNHS partners such as USGS, WDNR, and
individuals from Wisconsin’s agricultural community.

This Fellow will be primarily stationed at the WGNHS office near the
UW-Madison campus, with frequent meetings at the WDNR office in downtown
Madison, and will be working with researchers from across the state and
region in addition to stakeholders and policy-makers in Wisconsin. More
detail on the fellowship is below.
If you have any questions, please contact: Jennifer Hauxwell at
jennifer.hauxwell at aqua.wisc.edu or (608) 263-4756.
Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
Eligibility Any student or postgraduate who will have graduated between
spring 2017 and spring 2018 with a degree in hydrogeology, hydrology, or a
related field is eligible to apply. Fellows must have completed all degree
requirements before starting the fellowship.

Stipend and Expenses Annual stipends are dependent on the Fellow’s academic
background, with post master’s Fellows earning $40,000 and postdoctoral
Fellows earning $47,476, both with additional benefits (see -
http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/benefits/new-emp/grad.aspx). Fellows will be
allotted up to $2,000 to cover fellowship-related travel and can include
conferences. Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be
covered by the host agency at the agency’s discretion.

Application Requirements
Application packages should be sent to jennifer.hauxwell at aqua.wisc.edu at
the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute and should include:
1. A cover letter that describes your background and abilities, your
expectations from the fellowship experience and how this experience fits
with your career goals. (2 pages or fewer) 2. Curriculum vitae with
relevant educational, professional and volunteer experience. (no length
limit) 3. Copies of all official undergraduate and graduate student
transcripts. 4. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the
applicant’s major professor; if no major professor exists, another faculty
member at the same institution, familiar with your academic record, may be
substituted. 5. Up to 4 writing samples, both formal and informal (e.g.,
journal articles or other technical documents, popular articles, web
resources, etc.)

Selection Process
WRI and WGNHS staff will identify a short list of candidates for
interviews. Interviews will be conducted by a panel of WRI, WGNHS, and WDNR
staff members to determine the best fit for the position. It is expected
that applicants will possess a strong hydrogeological sciences and modeling
background, strong analytical skills, an ability to manage projects and
work independently, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Length of Assignment The length of assignment is one year with an
anticipated start of late winter / early spring 2018. This timeline may be
adjusted to accommodate academic semester needs or the needs of the
candidates or funding institutions.

Reporting and Other Requirements
Quarterly reports will be required during the fellowship as well as a final
write-up of the fellowship experience. The Fellow will participate in the
WRI’s outreach and social media and student engagement programming.

Timeline: February 16, 2018 – Deadline for submission of applications
Early March – Interviews
March/April 2018 (approx.) – Fellowship begins
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