Postdoc: Studying the Impacts of Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Environments
Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Type: Full Time
The Pedology Laboratory in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University and the Catchment Hydrology and Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California – Riverside seek to recruit a jointly-mentored Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study the impacts of nature-based solutions on soil morphology and plant-available water storage to mitigate stormwater runoff in the Lower Los Angeles River (LLAR) watershed in Los Angeles County, California.
The successful applicant will work on the following aspects of the project:
Leading field campaigns at select sites in the LLAR to excavate, describe, and sample soils
Installing and maintaining a network of soil sensors
Analyzing samples in the laboratory for soil physical, chemical, and morphological properties
Developing and implementing numerical modeling experiments using HYDRUS and/or ParFlow.CLM
Assisting in the development of a calculator tool to quantify the performance of proposed infrastructure projects to the LA County Safe, Clean Water Program (SCWP).
The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will be based at Texas Tech University and expected to actively participate in and lead regular and annual project meetings as well as lead papers stemming from this work. This position will provide the successful candidate with professional development opportunities (e.g., modeling, field work, and laboratory analysis) within the context of a highly collaborative, multi-institutional, and interdisciplinary team. This position is for one year with the possibility of extension for another year based on performance evaluation.
Applicants who meet all the required qualifications should visit the Texas Tech University job application site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech/ and search for Requisition ID 34995BR.
One page cover letter describing the applicant’s research experiences and interests
Curriculum vitae including a summary of education and research experience, publication list, involvement in research grants, etc.
Copy of the PhD certificate
Names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for at least three academic referees
For further inquiries or questions related to this posting, please contact by email with SCWP POSTDOC in the subject line both:
Dr. Daniel Hirmas Department of Plant and Soil Science Texas Tech University Bayer Plant Science Building, Room 211A 2911 15th Street Lubbock, TX 79409-2122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hoori Ajami Department of Environmental Sciences University of California - Riverside Geology Building, Room 2322 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521 Email: email@example.com
PhD in soil science, hydrology, critical zone science, ecosystem ecology, or related field
Demonstrated record of quantitative research experience that includes fieldwork, laboratory analyses, and statistical analyses
Ability to describe soil morphological properties in the field
Extensive experience with a scripting language such as R, Python, or MATLAB and the analysis of complex datasets
Hydrologic modeling experience
Record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
Fluency in R
Experience with HYDRUS and/or ParFlow-CLM
Proximal sensing experience applied to soils especially VisNIR imaging
Demonstrated experience successfully working with and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students