Post-Doc Position in Water-Food-Energy Systems

Tecnologico de Monterrey

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 🇲🇽

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Farmers in many arid and semi-arid regions throughout the world use wastewater for irrigation of crops.  In some regions, growers may even prefer to use untreated or partially treated domestic wastewater because the nutrient content can offset, or eliminate, the need for synthetic fertilizer, and the associated costs.  The use of wastewater for crop irrigation will grow with increased food production to meet the needs of a growing world population, and with the increased frequency of droughts, exacerbated by climate change. 

The benefits of using wastewater as a source of irrigation water must be weighed against the potential risks to both the environment and human health.  Farmers using wastewater are often limited in their ability to mitigate the risks.  Impediments to risk mitigation include, but are not limited to, social, cultural, policy, technological, regulatory, and economic factors. 

Job description

The successful applicant to this Post-Doc position will broadly focus on expanding the use and acceptance of wastewater as a source of irrigation water in both developed and developing countries, with a particular focus on areas throughout the world with the greatest need for increased food production.  This position will specifically focus on one or more of the following areas: (1) design, development, and/or implementation of culturally sensitive wastewater treatment systems specifically targeted at reusing wastewater as an irrigation source for crops; (2) nutrient management, inclusive of low-cost methods of assessing the nutrient content in wastewaters and methods of augmentation; (3) methods of assessing and mitigating health risks arising from the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of wastewater; and (4) social, political, and economic factors limiting farmers ability to use wastewater as a source of crop irrigation.  The successful applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers drawn from academics, business, industry, government, and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

Skills and Qualifications


•       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 scientific/engineering judgment to ascertain relevant from irrelevant data and separate vital factors from less important ones.

•       Ability to learn 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 design and/or technical calculations.

•       Experience in or technical knowledge of water-food-energy systems, including, but not limited to, technologies, methods, and policies.

•       Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering (Civil or Environmental preferred), Agriculture, Economics, Policy, or another related discipline.


•       Knowledge of or experience with the design and operation of wastewater treatment systems; assessment of the physical, chemical, and/or biological quality of water and/or food; food production systems; techno-economic analysis; finance; entrepreneurship; policy and regulatory development; and/or the World Health Organization and non-governmental organizations working on global health initiatives.

•       Demonstrated international field experience.

Location/Campus: Monterrey, N.L. (with the possibility of having short stays in Davis, California; it is a full-time position).

Contact: Ana Rincón

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