Post-Doc Position in Forensic Analysis of Water Contaminants

Tecnologico de Monterrey

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 🇲🇽

Disruption is the new normal, and at Tecnológico de Monterrey, every morning, we wake up with the duty to transform our environment. Our processes are people-centered, ensuring extraordinary experiences together with our talent and the new Tec21 Educational Model. Here you will find your purpose and take advantage of innovative opportunities, you will be part of a collaborative culture based on inclusion, meritocracy, and respect!

Job description

Tools based on environmental tracers have been developed since the 1970s to identify sources of contamination and monitor their fate and natural attenuation processes for better management of water resources. Dual-isotope approach of 15N combined with 18O or 34S combined with 18O, enhanced the capability to identify sources and track transformation processes of nitrogen and sulfate in aquatic systems, respectively. Other studies developed a multi-isotopic assessment and probability mixing models to estimate the provenance and apportionment of contaminants in groundwater. The Water Science and Technology Research Group of the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean at Tecnológico de Monterrey has developed several of approaches. This position aims to continue these efforts to identify and quantify contaminant sources such as nitrate and sulfate in groundwater with multiple potential sources using a multi-tracer approach combined with a Bayesian isotope mixing model.

Skills and Qualifications


•       Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Environmental or Civil preferred) or Earth Sciences or another related discipline.

•       Broad understanding of hydrogeology, hydro geochemistry, environmental isotopes and probabilistic models (Bayesian models).

•       Experience using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other MS products and use of third-party databases.

•       Proficiency in programming environments (RStudio)

•       Proficiency in statistical software (Minitab, SPSS or equivalent), GIS software (Qgis or equivalent), graphical software (Graphed or equivalent) 

•       Skills to use analytical equipment for chemical and stable isotope elements in water.

•       Strong attention to detail and writing, editing and proofreading skills to produce complex technical and non-technical material quickly and accurately 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 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.


•       Experience with general-purpose programming languages for business software development (e.g. C++, Java, or C#) and groundwater software (ModFlow or equivalent)

•       Data analysis experience with structured and unstructured data sources (particularly with large data sets).

•       Published research that utilized multi-isotope tracers and probabilistic models for tracking contaminants.

•       Experience working in Latin America.

Location/Campus: Monterrey, N.L.

Contact: Ana Rincón

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