Postdoc Positions Hydrologic Modeling at Washington State University

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May 21, 2011

Job Description: Two Post-doctoral Research Positions in Hydrologic Modeling: Washington State University, Pullman, WA and University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

The Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) at Washington State University (WSU) and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) invite applications for two post-doctoral research appointments to participate in a large interdisciplinary effort to develop a biosphere-relevant earth systems model (BioEarth; www.cereo.wsu.edu/bioearth). This model will enable investigation of land-atmosphere interactions among carbon, nitrogen, and water under decadal-scale climate variability. The candidates will be involved in the integration of a large-scale hydrologic model with a hydro-ecologic modeling tool that includes biogeochemical processes and dynamic vegetation. Components of BioEarth include the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) land surface model and the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys). The successful candidates should have experience with the application and development of modeling applications based upon one or both of these modeling systems (or modeling tools like them) in a Linux environment. Strong programming and scripting skills (C, Rstats, etc) and familiarity with GIS programming are required. Experience processing large environmental data sets (climate simulation output, land cover and remote sensing datasets) is an asset. The selected candidates will also have demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills. An earned Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering field is required before the date of hire.

CEREO is a faculty-led initiative of which the premise is to make WSU’s outstanding environmental programs more than just the sum of the parts through building synergism and creative collaboration among faculty involved in environmentally-oriented activities (www.cereo.wsu.edu). The candidates will work directly with researchers at the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (www.lar.wsu.edu) and in the Water Resource group in Civil and Environmental Engineering (hydro.cee.wsu.edu). This effort is also closely linked to an NSF IGERT on nitrogen cycling (igert.nspire.wsu.edu).

The Bren School at UCSB (www.bren.ucsb.edu) has earned a reputation as one of the top schools of its kind in the nation. It is among a handful of schools in the United States — and the only one in the West — that integrate science, management, law, economics, and policy as part of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving. The candidates will also work directly with researchers in the EcoHydrology Lab (fiesta.bren.ucsb.edu/~ecohydro).

Screening of applications will begin on June 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit (via e-mail) a letter of application which addresses all of the above requirements and describes your research interests, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of five references to the following three individuals:

Drs. Brian Lamb (blamb@wsu.edu) and Jennifer Adam (jcadam@wsu.edu) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2910

Dr. Christina Tague (ctague@bren.ucsb.edu) Bren School of Environmental Science and Management University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

WSU and UCSB are EEO employers. Protected group members are encouraged to apply.

NOTES: 2 openings. International Candidates Will Be Considered. Employer will assist with relocation costs

Requirements:
*Experience in hydrologic modeling
*Linux-environment programming and scripting skills
*Experience with processing large environmental data sets
*Strong oral and written communication skills
*PhD in relevant science or engineering field

Salary: 45,000.00
Location: Pullman, Washington
Employer: Washington State University
Type: Full Time – Experienced
Categories: Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology
Required Education: Doctorate

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