Postdoctoral Research Associate I

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Numberreq7558
DepartmentSch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res
Department Website Link
LocationMain Campus
AddressTucson, AZ USA
Position HighlightsThe School of Natural Resources and the Environment at The University of Arizona is seeking a qualified and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate I for a full-time, year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance, under the direct supervision of Dr. Mary Nichols (USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center), the selected candidate will contribute to a new project to identify and assess the impacts of legacy (> 50 years old) soil and water conservation structures in western US rangelands funded by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The successful candidate will develop and implement automated detection and mapping of soil and water conservation structures such as earthen berms and stock tanks, work with a team of collaborators to discover and analyze hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetation patterns affected by such human alterations, and support parallel processing of lidar data.
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Duties & ResponsibilitiesDevelop and implement algorithms to identify and map legacy soil and water conservation structures such as earthen berms and stock tanks in aerial lidar data and analyze and interpret resultant data. Produce multiple peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and research proposals as well as present at scientific conferences related to current research. Conduct literature reviews and comparisons.Contribute to a team effort to understand the landscape scale impacts of human altered rangelands.Perform other duties as assigned.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Quantitative understanding and knowledge of semiarid hydrology and watershed processes.Strong computational and quantitative skills, including the ability to program in R, Python.Ability to design and execute analyses of lidar data to quantify topography and drainage networks.Skill in working with large lidar datasets.Skill in working with geospatial databases.Strong communication and collaboration skills to work with project team.Ability to work in a collaborative environment. 
Minimum QualificationsMust have a Ph.D. degree in Geomorphology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, Geospatial Analytics, Geography or in a related field upon hire with interest in terrain analysis and the morphology of human-altered landscapes.Experience with digital mapping techniques and data analysis.Experience with GIS software including, but not limited to, ArcGIS and GRASS; programming with Python, R, or similar language.Experience with high-performance computing, parallel processing, and working with large lidar datasets.Experience in analysis, research, and technical writing.Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.
Preferred QualificationsResearch experience with Geomorphon methods for topographic analysis.Experience with geospatial database management.Experience with excellent scientific writing.
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job FTE1.0
Work CalendarFiscal
Job CategoryResearch
Benefits EligibleYes – Full Benefits
Rate of Pay$50,000
Compensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies1
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for CandidatesDebbi Busack
[email protected]
Open Date11/10/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Documents Needed to ApplyResume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to ApplicantPlease attach a writing sample.
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