Post Doctoral

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM, United States 🇺🇸

Dr. Geli’s hydrology and remote sensing lab is seeking a postdoctoral associate to conduct cutting-edge research in Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus to advance the knowledge of these strongly interconnected components. The research is funded through a grant from NSF’s – Innovations at the Food-Energy-Water Systems (INFEWS). The position will be joint with the Collage of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI), and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University.

Strongly interconnected FEW components supports New Mexico’s population and the States integrity in general. Providing an improved understanding of the linkages between these components will provide guidance on how to appropriately manage these components and how they function in an integral way to support a growing NM’s population. The research also seeks to advance the knowledge of how FEW systems (FEWS) components operate in a resilient way in response to drought and socioeconomic shocks related to crude oil and natural gas production and prices fluctuation. The research involves development of a tool to model and monitor NM’s FEWS.

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.

The postdoc will work closely with the project PI, Dr. Geli, and collaborate with project team members including faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students at New Mexico State University, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Mexico, and NASA Marshal Space Flight Center. The postdoctoral associate will be required to disseminate research results through peer-reviewed manuscripts, reports, and professional meetings; participate in parallel research related activities including project meetings and help organize related workshops; and data management. Participation in developing and writing grant proposals is also possible.
-Specific research duties include: 1) Identification of linkages between, and proper integration of, FEW components using system dynamics; 2) Couple the integrated FEWS components with external stresses including impacts from drought and oil and gas production and price fluctuations; and 3) Develop tools to evaluate the performance and resilience of NM’s FEWS while considering the impacts from external stresses