R&D Staff Member (Experimental Hydrology / Geophysics)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN, United States
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The Earth Systems Science Section within the Environmental Sciences Division, http://www.esd.ornl.gov, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov, is seeking a Staff Scientist position in experimental hydrology/hydrogeology. We seek a colleague whose research interests include the interaction between hydrology, stream ecology, and biogeochemistry. The candidate will work with world-leading experimental biogeochemist, field researchers, and computational hydrologist to resolve questions on how the structure and function of role of streams and watersheds influence element cycles. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who bring unique skills to the Earth Systems Science Section existing capabilities, have the ability to contribute to existing programs, and can develop new research programs in experimental hydrology/hydrogeology.

ESD is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 60 years of achievement in local, regional, national, and international environmental research. Our vision is to expand scientific knowledge and develop innovative strategies and technologies that will strengthen the nation’s leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earth’s natural resources. Our scientists conduct research, develop technology, and perform analyses to understand and assess responses of environmental systems at the environment-human interface and the consequences of alternative energy and environmental strategies.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

You will have responsibility for collaboratively leading field and laboratory scale experiments of hyporheic exchange through the application of tracers (non-reactive and reactive), isotopic signatures, sensor networks, novel observational tools, and other novel approaches to research. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining detailed scientific records, analyzing experimental data, presenting results within the research group and at national and international conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The nature of our scientific work is highly multidisciplinary, and projects will be carried out in close collaboration with scientists from a variety of scientific backgrounds, including geochemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, or a related field to investigate the biogeochemical transformation of trace elements, nutrients, and contaminants in a stream system.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in hydrology, stream hydrology, watershed hydrology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, or related discipline.
  • Experience with conducting stream or river corridor studies of hyporheic exchange, is highly desired
  • Post-doctoral experienced, highly desired for junior candidates and a minimum of 5 years of experience for consideration of a more senior ranking
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a large, multidisciplinary team and should be able to design and execute experiments, perform data analyses and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences, and experience with environmental biogeochemistry or material science are expected.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required. 

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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