Four lake-related postdoc positions

Vermont EPSCoR/University of Vermont

Burlington, VT, United States 🇺🇸

Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting several postdoctoral associates to join our cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE).  We are initiating a five-year award of large-scale interdisciplinary studies which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences including learning to communicate your science through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. 

Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc

Position ID: PDA#001

We seek field-oriented postdoctoral researcher with expertise in nutrient biogeochemistry (C, N, P, Fe), catchment hydrology and limnology interested in studying how extreme events cascade through the soil-stream-lake continuum. Research will capitalize on a heavily instrumented suite of watersheds and lakes in Vermont. The candidate should possess expertise and/or interests related to the application of biogeochemical tracers of particles and solutes,  coupled with interpretation of data from advanced in-situ monitoring network(sensors and automated and grab sampling) situated in riparian soil corridors, in-stream and in receiving  waters. Elements of interest include carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus and iron in both particulate and dissolved forms.

Experience working with in-situ sensors, as well as conducting advanced statistical analyses requisite for interpretation of large environmental datasets are desirable. Interaction with and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students associated with this large cross disciplinary project will be a critical responsibility of the successful candidate, as will cross disciplinary collaboration with a large group of natural and social scientists seeking to develop an integrated assessment model of the Lake Champlain Basin and its resiliency to extreme events across time and space. This is a 2-year position with possibility of extension with exceptional performance.

Please contact Andrew Schroth ([email protected]) for more information.

A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students and postdocs will be intensively mentored for success. Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Start date September 1, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to [email protected] and reference Position ID PDA#001.

 

Policy and Social Modeling Postdoc

Position ID: PDA#002

A multi-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available in Policy and Social Modeling at the University of Vermont as part of an NSF-funded research project on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events.   Vermont EPCOR for its latest Track 1 award is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the research team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences and have access to significant resources including: Alan Alda Communicating Science workshops; undergraduate mentoring and training;  and over 30 research colleagues spanning numerous disciplines including hydrology, limnology, geology, engineering, environmental resources, economics, public policy and community development.

We seek a post-doctoral associate with demonstrated expertise in policy and social modeling using complex adaptive systems approaches, especially agent based modeling, network analysis and/or system dynamics modeling. The postdoctoral associate will work with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and stakeholders to develop agent based models of alternate policy, governance and social behavioral scenarios in the Lake Champlain basin relative to climate change, extreme events and regional resiliency of social-ecological systems. 

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, or a relevant social or engineering science discipline.  Experience or interest in developing and applying computational complex systems modeling approaches is also desirable.  Proficiency in JAVA programming will be considered a plus.

Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project.  Start date: August 30, 2016 or sooner. 

Questions can be directed to Asim Zia ([email protected]).

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to [email protected] and reference Position ID PDA#002.

 

Computational Modeling of Social Ecological Systems and Coupled Natural and Human Systems Postdocs

Position ID: PDA#034

Two multi-year post-doctoral scientist positions are available at the University of Vermont as part of a research study on Resilience to Extreme Events in Social Ecological Systems of the Lake Champlain Basin.  We seek scientists and scholars interested in pursuing cutting edge research in the areas of computational modeling of social ecological systems and coupled natural and human systems. Candidates should enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers (i.e., faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and stake holders) working toward identifying strategies that improve water quality resilience within the Basin.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in environmental sciences, policy or engineering, computer science, quantitative social sciences or related field with research interests in Scientific Computing, Social Ecological Systems, Machine Learning, Cognitive Sciences, or Management/Policy Sciences, applied to inter-disciplinary research that employs social and natural science and engineering.

A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students and postdocs will be intensively mentored for success. Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Start date September 1, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Questions can be directed to Donna Rizzo ([email protected]).

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to [email protected] and reference Position ID PDA#034.


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