Postdoctoral Research Associate I

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, US

Position Information

Geosciences (1205)
Main Campus
Position Summary
This is a Postdoctoral fellowship on landscape evolution as a function of spatial scale in semi-arid watersheds. The University of Arizona seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar for a collaboration between the University of Arizona (Jon Pelletier) and the Tucson office of the Agricultural Research Service (Mary Nichols and Mark Nearing). A rich suite of data, including airborne and ground-based lidar, high-resolution aerial photography, runoff and sediment fluxes from a network of supercritical flumes, etc. are available. These data, together with an uptick in recent interest in using WGEW as a test bed for landscape evolution models over a range of time scales, provide an excellent opportunity to both advance landscape evolution modeling generally as well as improve our understanding of semi-arid landscape evolution under climate change.
Position is a one-to-two year job assignment, with possibility of extension if additional funding is secured.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
This postdoc will analyze data and develop numerical models aimed at quantifying landscape evolution in semi-arid watersheds using Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) as a test case. Particular interest is on examining hydrologic and geomorphic processes as a function of spatial scale, taking advantage of the nested experimental design of instrumented watersheds in WGEW, quantifying the pulsed nature of sediment transport, and quantifying the impact of decadal-to-millennial scale vegetation changes on semi-arid watershed dynamics.
The Department of Geosciences supports Inclusive Excellence, the University diversity strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness. Candidates are encouraged to support the department’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts and to especially contribute to teaching and mentoring, student engagement, community outreach, university service, and other efforts designed to increase participation by members of underrepresented groups in departmental and university activities.
Minimum Qualifications
PhD degree in applicable research field associated with this job.
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Job Category
Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible
Yes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay
$47,659 Annually (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
Number of Vacancies
Limited to Current UA Employees
Contact Information for Candidates
[email protected]
Open Date
Close Date

Open Until Filled
Review Begins On
Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents