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POSTED: 7-29-2015

 

Research Associate íV Headwater Stream Ecology and Water Quality

 

Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

 

Position Summary: The Research Associate position involves field work, laboratory analyses, database management, statistical analyses, and data interpretation of selected carbon dynamics, benthic macroinvertebrate community structure, and water-quality parameters in headwater streams affected by coal-mining activities in the Appalachian region of the USA. The successful candidate will be responsible for scientific research that involves establishment, sampling, and analysis of a leaf litter decomposition study in headwater streams. The successful candidate will also assist and support an ongoing study evaluating temporal and spatial dynamics of benthic macroinvertebrate communities as affected by water quality, particularly total dissolved solids and trace elements in headwater streams. Activities will include maintenance of automated water quality monitoring equipment; collecting and analyzing samples of benthic macroinvertebrates and water from study streams; assessing long-term temporal patterns of chemical and biological changes in study streams; and analyzing leaf litter samples for mass loss and chemical properties in the laboratory. The successful candidate will also provide support and assistance to other related research activities, including investigation of trophic transfer and bioaccumulation of elevated levels of trace elements, especially selenium, in study streams, database management, statistical analyses, report and manuscript preparation, and quality assurance/quality control. The successful candidate will work as a member of an interdisciplinary research team, comprised of members who assist and support one another while conducting scientific studies of Appalachian headwater streams influenced by surface coal mining.

 

The successful candidate will possess the physical capability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and to walk for distances that may exceed several hundred yards in rough terrain while carrying scientific equipment and samples; a valid U.S. driveríŽs license; ability to travel by vehicle to remote areas independently; ability to work occasional long days and to engage in occasional overnight travel when required to complete essential tasks; and possess excellent communication skills.

 

Required Qualifications: An M.S. or equivalent degree in a scientific discipline that concerns natural resource management, such as water quality, hydrology, aquatic biology, stream ecology, stream restoration, or biogeochemistry; professional or academic experience and knowledge concerning water sampling and water quality analysis in both field and laboratory settings; professional or academic experience that concerns scientific data management and analysis; physical capability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and to walk for distances that may exceed several hundred yards in rough terrain while carrying scientific equipment and samples; a valid U.S. driveríŽs license; ability to travel by vehicle to remote areas independently; ability to work occasional long days and to engage in occasional overnight travel when required to complete essential tasks; excellent command of the English language, including demonstrated capability to communicate in English both within and outside of scientific settings.

 

Preferred Qualifications: Experience conducting leaf litter breakdown studies in streams; knowledge or experience involving sampling and analysis of benthic macroinvertebrate communities; experience analyzing water samples in the laboratory for parameters including total dissolved solids, dissolved nutrients, and trace elements such as selenium; experience in deploying and managing automated scientific equipment that operates remotely in field settings; demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data and write for scientific publication.

Anticipated Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

 

Position Start Date: As soon as possible (expected September 2015).

 

Position Duration: This is a grant-funded position. Currently available funding is sufficient to support salary and benefits for 1 year.

 

How to Apply: http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment/, search for position number SR0150101. Applications will be evaluated beginning August 1, 2015.

 

For more Information Contact:

Stephen H. Schoenholtz

Director and Professor

Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Virginia Tech

540-231-0711

stephen.schoenholtz@vt.edu      

 

 

POSTED: 7-23-2015

 

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering

 

Department of Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track research and extension position at the assistant professor rank in Water Resources Engineering. We seek a highly motivated candidate to develop an integrated research/extension program to ensure Virginians have access to, and maximize the utilization of, a finite amount of quality water. Programmatic areas may include the following: assessing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on water resources and availability; developing and applying remote-sensing techniques to quantify water use and improve irrigation efficiency; irrigation and drainage water management; and developing/assessing water saving techniques and technologies to quantify agricultural, urban, and peri-urban water use efficiency for temperate and humid subtropical climates found in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic United States. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement an effective extension program in irrigation and water supply development.

 

Maintenance and appropriate allocation of adequate water supplies is an important concern to Virginia, which maintains a >$55 billion/year agricultural industry while urban areas continue to expand in several dense metropolitan areas (Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia). The demand for quality ground- and surface-water supplies is likely to grow in all sectors due, in part, to increasing demand for potable water to supply an expanding population, increasing agronomic and ornamental crop production, and maintaining urban landscaping. As demand increases, water availability may decrease as a result of climate change and more climate variability. Increased competition for limited water supplies drives the development of more sophisticated water resource management techniques. Virginia needs an individual to develop and communicate effective water resource and irrigation management strategies and techniques to a broad audience.

 

The BSE department is a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly expanding unit that includes faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in Watershed Science and Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering, while implementing crucial extension programming through Virginia Cooperative Extension. The BSE department is affiliated with two nationally ranked colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The department has close collaborations with the many faculty, departments, and institutes across the university and state that are involved in water-related programs. The successful candidate will be expected to build on and expand these relationships throughout the state.

 

Specific responsibilities are to develop and implement a nationally-recognized research/extension program, seek external funds, actively participate in graduate education by recruiting and advising graduate students, and participate in department, college, university, and professional service and outreach. The incumbent will be expected to secure competitive grants, establish a strong publication record, and support scholarly programs in both research and extension.

 

A Ph.D. degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline is required. Candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and have the clear ability to work well with faculty/peers across related disciplines, government entities, water supply stakeholders, and the general public. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one degree in engineering, experience with irrigation system design and management, demonstrated aptitude for extension and outreach, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and a demonstrated record of securing extramural funding.

 

Apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu (job posting TR0150084). Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete the faculty application online and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement describing current research and future plans, and (4) an extension statement describing extension experience and future plans, and (5) names and contact information for three references.

 

Direct inquiries to Dr. Cully Hession, Search Committee Chair and BSE Professor, chession@vt.edu, 540-231-9480 or Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe, BSE Department Head, mlwolfe@vt.edu, 540-231-6092.

 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.