Post Doctoral

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM, US

Posting Details

Requisition Number1700058S
Classification TitlePost Doctoral
Position Job TitlePost Doctoral
College/DivisionAgricultural,Consumer & Env Sci Col
Department302000-Animal and Range Sciences
Position Number716891
Internal or External SearchExternal – Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency1.0
Reports To Position TitleAsst Professor
Target Hourly/Salary Rate48,000 Commensurate with qualifications
Pay Level1F
Pay BaseSalary
Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The research involves the development of regional evapotranspiration estimates, support drought monitoring system and impact analysis, and statewide water budget assessment. The position is supported by funding from a NSF EPSCoR project and NM WRRI. Specific research duties include: 1) Develop ET estimates using remote sensing surface energy balance based algorithm over agricultural and naturally vegetated surfaces at different spatial and temporal scales; 2) Evaluate ET estimates using ground-based measurements; 3) Couple ET estimates with drought monitoring and impact analysis system to aid the development of a coupled human and natural systems 4) Develop water balance and socioeconomic database to support drought analysis, regional water balance calculations, and coupled human and natural systems 5) Data management.

Required Education

Doctorate degree in related field.

Required Experience

No previous work experience required.

Classification Summary

Assist, instruct and function as a role model for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a relevant research program.

Classification Standard Duties

Supervise, direct, delegate and evaluate work of assigned staff. Oversee and/or conduct research. Assist in technical support for the delegated project. Create new opportunities by preparing and submitting new project proposals to national funding agencies. Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of university and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, mentoring and performance evaluation; research techniques and designs; methodologies; data collection and analysis.


Skills in short- and long-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; public contact and relations; oral and written communication; literature reviews and compilation; material development for scientific and non-scientific audiences; grant writing and peer reviewed publications; modification of existing models or development of new models. The applicant may be responsible for, but not limited to, assisting in technical and outreach support in the department and organizing outreach events and conferences addressing activities associated with the research project.


Ability to direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information; make presentations; work as a member of a team; write technical reports, conference presentation papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and grant proposals.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in Hydrology, Watershed Sciences, Natural Resources, Water Resources Management, Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, or other water related science degrees. Experience in GIS and remote sensing; programming using Python, MATLAB, VB.NET; Familiarity LINUX operating systems

Standard Work ScheduleStandard (M-F, 8-5)
Physical Work Location StateNM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New MexicoDA-Dona Ana
Work Site 
Contingent Upon FundingContingent upon funding
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement StatementThis is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Tenure TrackNo
Posting Date02/03/2017
Closing Date03/06/2017
Open Until FilledNo
Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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