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POSTED: 9-29-2016


Open Rank Faculty Positions in Sustainable Food, Water and Agriculture

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor


University of California Merced


The University of California Merced is seeking four new faculty members (open rank) to enhance extant strength and build new interdisciplinary programs. This is the first of several cluster hires in the broad area of sustainability, and will focus on food, water and agriculture, and support the university mission of creating positive socio-economic and cultural impact on Central California and the world. Successful candidates will compete in an interdisciplinary pool, and have a record of accomplishment in areas including but not limited to: food security, agroecology, agrotechnology, and food-water systems from multidisciplinary perspectives.


Applicants must have a strong publication record and have demonstrated the potential to develop and support an independent, innovative research program and to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants must be able to teach and train effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


Positions are open until filled; consideration of applications will begin on Nov. 1, 2016 To apply and for more information, visit: Job# JPF00383


Interdisciplinary Sub-Area #1: Agriculture and Ecosystems

The University of California Merced is seeking one or two faculty members (open rank) levels in ecological sciences, environmental, mechanical, or sustainability engineering, or environmental health related fields focused on sustainable agricultural systems. These positions are part of UC MercedíŽs ongoing interdisciplinary cluster hires in this area. The successful candidate(s) will have a record of accomplishment related to food availability, security, and stability, or innovative technologies to improve sustainable agricultural systems. Potential research areas include but are not limited to nutrient systems and cycling, agro-biodiversity, pests and diseases, precision agriculture, food processing, water reuse, and waste commoditization.


Interdisciplinary Sub-Area #2: Agro-Environmental Management

The University of California Merced is seeking one or two faculty members (open rank) in systems engineering, environmental management, resource conservation, process modeling, and life-cycle analysis in the context of optimal development and management of agriculture to balance crop production, food processing, community development, ecosystems and human health. These positions are part of UC MercedíŽs ongoing interdisciplinary cluster hires in this area. The successful candidate(s) will have a record of accomplishment in areas including but not limited to agro-water-ecosystem management, climate change adaptation, groundwater surface water conjunctive use, and optimal harvest, processing, distribution and waste management systems.


Interdisciplinary Sub-Area #3: Agriculture and Society

The University of California Merced is seeking one or two faculty members (open rank) in the humanities, social sciences and related fields, with active interests in sustainable food, water and agricultural systems. These positions are part of UC MercedíŽs ongoing interdisciplinary cluster hires in this area. The successful candidate(s) will have a record of accomplishment in areas including but not limited to past and present (prehistoric, historical, contemporary) societies and food security, resource economics, human health and diet, human sense-of-place and landscape, land-use change, agricultural labor and community structures, institutions, policy, and artistic or literary representations.



POSTED: 7-30-2016


Postdoctoral Fellow


Saint Francis University


A full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in support of the Center for Watershed Research & Service (CWRS) and Environmental Engineering programs at Saint Francis University. The position will entail:

íP         Research in support of faculty and mission of CWRS ( Existing research programs are interdisciplinary and include:

íP         Water quality impacts and protection in Appalachia and Highland Bolivia

íP         Co-treatment of municipal wastewater and acid mine drainage

íP         Microbial fuel cells and related technologies

íP         Sustainable passive treatment of acid mine drainage

íP         Other Ecological Engineering solutions for water quality improvement

íP         Teaching one course per semester related to environmental engineering with our unique approach of real research and service blended into the classroom.

íP         Other related activities:

íP         Extension work in service of regional watershed restoration/protection nonprofit organizations

íP         Authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national/international conferences

íP         Mentoring undergraduate interns and researchers

íP         Grant-writing in support of CWRS

The balance of the aforementioned activities will be tailored to the skill set of the successful applicant. They will be overseen and closely mentored by Drs. William Strosnider and Rachel Wagner to achieve the research, teaching, extension, and grant-writing productivity necessary for maximal professional development.


This opportunity is open to applicants from all relevant engineering and science disciplines. We especially encourage applications from those with backgrounds in ecological, environmental, and biological engineering as well as environmental chemistry/science/microbiology, applied ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and other related fields.


Saint Francis University was founded in 1847 and is the oldest Franciscan Institute of higher learning in the United States. A small Catholic liberal arts university set in the Laurel Highlands of central PA, opportunities for outdoor recreation abound (kayaking, hiking, sailing, mountain biking, fishing, etc.) The University is located in the village of Loretto, which is 1-hour east of Pittsburgh and 3-5 hours west of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia.


CWRS was founded in 2012 with funding from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Its mission is to provide expert assistance and manpower to amplify the watershed restoration efforts of domestic and international nonprofit organizations and to advance the science of watershed restoration.


To apply, complete an application at, then email letter of application, C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate research/consulting/service plans, official transcripts, and a list of three references to:


Search Status: Screening begins August 29, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is to start January 2017.



POSTED: 6-17-2016


Full or Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Hydrologic Sciences


University of Nevada


The University of Nevada, RenoíŽs Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences ( has been a nationally recognized leader in water resource education since the 1960s. The program is vibrant, with over 80 faculty members in water-related fields at the University, and includes faculty from partnering organizations such as the Desert Research Institute, the US Geological Survey, and the US Department of Agriculture.


The University has made significant recent investments in hydrologic sciences with new faculty hires in the areas of water and climate change. The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) supports 40 MS and PhD students in the areas of groundwater hydrology, climate change hydrology, water pollution, aquatic ecology, and other water-related science and engineering fields. The University is launching the Global Water Center: Solutions for Sustainability ( to address societal demands for creative, integrative approaches to solving complex issues related to water resources. The Center brings together experts from diverse disciplines across the University, nongovernmental organizations and governmental agencies whose goals are to solve large-scale and long-term problems related to water sustainability.


We seek a Full or Associate Professor with demonstrated abilities and accomplishments in water-related sciences, outreach and education to lead the graduate education component of the UniversityíŽs water research initiative. The University of Nevada has a long tradition in both surface and subsurface hydrology. We seek to maintain these strengths and grow into emerging areas including conjunctive water use, climate change impacts on all aspects of the hydrologic cycle, and the ecological attributes of aquatic ecosystems.


The new GPHS Director will be responsible for administering the graduate program including finances, staff, and students. This position will be housed in one of several water-centric departments that best match the candidateíŽs background and interests. These departments include, but are not limited to, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography, Geology, and Natural Resources and Environmental Science. We seek a candidate with effective leadership skills, enthusiasm, and vision for growing an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary water education program. The GPHS Director is expected to maintain an active research program, teach at a reduced load within their home department, and generate extramural funding for graduate student training programs.


The University of Nevada, Reno is recognized as a Tier I university by US News and World Report and has a growing and increasingly diverse student enrollment of approximately 21,000, including nearly 3,000 graduate students. Located at the picturesque base of the Sierra Nevada, the University is a 45-minute drive from Lake Tahoe and less than 4 hours from San Francisco and the Napa-Sonoma wine country. Year-round recreational activities abound, including world class hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. Reno and northern Nevada are undergoing a technology-driven economic renaissance, and the city offers an excellent living environment, with spectacular mountain scenery, short commutes, and a growing arts and intellectual community.


The University of Nevada, Reno offers competitive salaries, start-up packages, and employee benefits, including a generous retirement plan. For more information about benefits visit:


Doctoral Degree in a water-related field from a regionally accredited institution and one-year professional experience required.


For complete position description and requirements and on-line application


Closing date is July 1, 2016

EEO/AA Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply


POSTED: 3-24-2016


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecohydrology


College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of HawaiíŽi, Manoa


A postdoctoral fellowship in ecohydrology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at University of Hawaii, Manoa, is expected to be available beginning May 2016, contingent upon funding from the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The fellow will be expected to conduct applied research related to ecohydrology and with application to freshwater ecosystems and natural resources management.


Project Description: The fellow will conduct research that addresses the needs for understanding hydrologic conditions in the main Hawaii islands and their relationships to Hawaii stream ecosystems. The goal of the research to be conducted by the fellow is to improve our understanding of hydrological conditions to support Hawaii stream habitats for freshwater species facing climate changes. The fellow will be expected to work with collaborators (including members of the NCCWSC) and incorporate stakeholder input into products. The anticipated outcome of this work is the development of actionable science for natural resources managers for managing freshwater habitats and water resources in Hawaii.


Fellowship Details: Competitive stipend will be provided. One-year fellowship with potential to extend to at least two years based on performance.


Qualifications and Application Instructions: Competitive applicants will be highly motivated and independent, willing to work collaboratively with stakeholders, and have experience with many of the following: statistics, hydrology, GIS, hydrological modeling, and species distribution model (SDM). Preference will be given to applicants with publication experience; programing experience in R, FORTRAN, or Matlab; and knowledge of hydrology and aquatic ecology. The following materials are required for the application: 1) cover letter describing general research interests and specific experiences; 2) C.V.; 3) a 1-page writing sample; 4) transcripts (unofficial ok); and 5) list of two references with contact information (email, phone, address). Interested individuals should email above information in one pdf file to Dr. Yin-Phan Tsang by April 22nd, 2016.


Please direct correspondence to:


Yin-Phan Tsang, Ph.D.

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

University of Hawaii, Manoa