Post Doctoral Research Associate in Socio-Hydrology for CRISP via NatureJobs

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, US

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to lead one component of an NSF-funded Critical Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) project focused on developing decision support tools that enable public-private partnerships, the coordination of gray and green infrastructure and improved water sustainability in data-rich Texas water systems. The project is multi-disciplinary and involves three partner institutions—Texas A&M University, Kingsville, and the Earth Genome (501 c3 non-profit). Within ASU, the project engages ASU’s computer science department (CIDSE), the Decision Theater (data visualization) the School of Life Sciences, W.P. Carey School of Business, and the School of Sustainability. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Michael Hanemann and Dr. John Sabo and work closely with his team and Earth Genome. The main goal for the position is develop agent based models in a Cooperative Game Theory (CGT) framework to understand how “smart” operation and control of green (wetlands) and gray (reservoirs) infrastructure can produce better water transactions that solve water problems shared by agricultural and pet-chemical manufacturing sectors as well as the environment.

The selected applicant will perform the following specific tasks:
1. Work with Earth Genome and ASU’s Decision Theater to understand and visualize complex water issues in Texas.
2. Hands-on engagement with stakeholders from the private sector (Dow, BASF, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Miller Coors, etc) and public sector (Texas state agencies overseeing parks, water planning, water quality)
3. Learn, adapt and improve on published methods for analyzing water institutions using a Cooperative Game Theory framework
4. Collaborate with TAMUK, ASU and Earth Genome to develop approaches for incorporating CGT results into control models that include coupled human-physical systems
5. Perform essential administrative duties associated with the project, including financial reporting, progress reports and project collaboration
6. Actively publish in scientific journals, present research at society meetings, and interact regularly with other faculty in related fields at ASU, TAMUK and in participating stakeholders in Texas from public and private sectors

Qualifications: PhD in socio-hydrology, statistics or related field. Applicants must exhibit strong quantitative and communication skills, demonstrated ability to publish in peer‐reviewed journals, and a proven record of leadership and ability to coordinate large research programs.

Location: The position will be located within the facilities associated with Future H2O, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. John Sabo is the Founding Director of Future H2O, a member of the Faculty of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Sciences, one of six faculty groups in SoLS, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. See:

Salary range: $50-60,000 annually plus benefits; funded for 1-2 years contingent on experience, performance and funding.

Contact: To apply email a cover letter that addresses your interest, experience (in response to the requirements stated above) and future career goals, curriculum vitae, most relevant (3) publications (PDF), and contact information for at least three references to: [email protected]. Screening of applicants will occur immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For ASU‘s complete non-discrimination statement point your browser to:

More information about John Sabo’s research can be found at the following URLs:
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