Postdoc Position: Water Security in Cities

 (via ResearchGate)
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico
Position Type: 
Postdoc
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate

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Job description

The Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (WCLAC), a joint initiative of Tecnológico de Monterrey, FEMSA Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank, is located in Monterrey, Mexico. Its mission is to contribute to the sustainability of water use in Latin America and the Caribbean by conducting research, innovation, knowledge transfer, training, and decision support for the public and private sector. The thematic focus areas are water resources management, water quality and treatment, environmental geoprocesses, and water-energy-food nexus. Currently, WCLAC has six principle investigators with different disciplines, a dozen of staff members and ten graduate students.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the leader of the Water Science and Technology group (WS&T), the successful candidate will serve as a Post Doctoral Scholar to work on the 3-year research project “Water security in cities of northern Mexico: a systemic approach to water management under extreme climate conditions”, funded by the Mexican National Councel of Science and Technology (CONACyT). The position involves programming and executing technical and written aspects of project deliverables. Under the direction of the principal investigator, the position will require independent engineering judgment to apply engineering theory, perform research tasks, collaborate with three partner universities and students, and develop written technical reports and journal articles. The candidate will be capable to build or analyze hydrological, hydraulic and groundwater models, perform basic to moderate data processing, analysis and use of engineering concepts and calculations to execute moderately complex engineering assignments.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering (Civil or Environmental Preferred) or another related discipline.
  • Experience in or technical knowledge of water resources management in urban and regional areas.
  • Broad understanding of water-efficiency related technologies, methods, and policies.
  • Basic experience with scientific programming and data analysis (e.g. proficiency with R, Julia, or Python for data analysis), and/or basic experience with general-purpose programming languages for business software development (e.g. proficiency with C++, Java, C#), and/or basic experience with web application development technologies (e.g. proficiency with JavaScript, HTML, CSS).
  • Experience designing and programming optimizations for water distribution networks with hydraulic modeling software (particularly using EPAnet).
  • Experience analyzing hydraulic models of real or fictional water distribution networks (e.g. EPAnet, InfoWater, WaterCAD).
  • Experience building and running groundwater models (e.g., MODFLOW).
  • Strong attention to detail and writing, editing and proofreading skills to quickly and accurately produce complex technical and non-technical material for audiences of varying backgrounds.
  • Professional demeanor with interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively and diplomatically with university staff and external partners, and people from diverse ethnic, economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other MS products and use of third-party databases.
  • Experience applying critical thinking and good engineering judgment to ascertain relevant from irrelevant data and separate vital factors from less important ones.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and develop new skills to meet research challenges and promote professional growth.
  • Skills to work collaboratively in a complex, fast-paced research and development environment.
  • Work experience performing engineering design and/or technical calculations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Data analysis experience with structured and unstructured data sources (particularly with large data sets).
  • Engineering report writing or editing experience.
  • Experience developing applications to perform complex engineering calculations, hydraulic modeling, groundwater modeling, optimization, or data analysis in a team environment.
  • Experience designing and programming pump schedule or operating policy optimizations for water distribution networks with hydraulic modeling software.
  • Has published research which utilized hydraulic modeling to analyze a real or fictional water distribution system and groundwater models to manage food-water-energy systems.