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POSTED: 3-19-2015


Research Ecologist / Research Soil Scientist / Research / Agronomist / Research Ag Engineer / Research Hydrologist


Interdisciplinary Position:  Research Ecologist / Research Soil Scientist / Research / Agronomist / Research Ag Engineer / Research Hydrologist


United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service


Salary Range:  $69,497.00 - $107,434.00/year


Announcement opens March 6, 2015 thru April 3, 2015


The USDA-ARS, is seeking a Research Scientist to work at the Delta Water Management Research Unit in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  The incumbent will focus on preserving and improving the Water quantity and quality in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.  The Delta Water Management Research Unit is located on campus at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. DWMRU is housed in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, a state-of-the art laboratory facility. DWMRU enjoys collaborative relationships with state and regional university partners, state and federal agencies, private industry and farmer organizations. As such, plot-, farm- and field-scale research opportunities exist nearby to carry out experiments. The DWMRU receives research leadership and program support from the Acting Research Leader located at the National Sedimentation Laboratory, located in Oxford, MS. One or more positions may be filled through this announcement.


The DWMRU seeks a Research Scientist that will perform research to address plot- to watershed-scale processes in one or more of the following areas: Management, measurement, and modeling of water use and water quality; Impacts of irrigated agriculture on ecosystem function; and land surface-atmosphere interactions controlling long-term balances of water, energy, and greenhouse gases on agricultural landscapes or other efforts compatible with the incumbent¡¦s personal expertise.  The incumbent will also: communicate with a variety of individuals, including government officials, scientific and academic communities, national or international scientific organization, diverse community and non-government groups; develop and disseminate technical information pertaining to water use and water quality, both internal and external to ARS; collect, analyze, and summarize data and prepare written work products including; professional articles, publications, and technical abstracts; and manage a research program and resources, follow agency¡¦s mission and scientific procedures, requirements and protocols.


U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position.  For more details & directions on how to apply to vacancy see


Announcement number is ARS-D15W-0102.  Announcement closes April 3, 2015.  For questions you may contact Dr. Michele Reba, Res Hydrologist; Phone: 870-819-2708; e-mail:              


ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider


The Dep


POSTED: 1-7-2015


Assistant Professor, Water Quantity/Irrigation Engineering


The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, faculty position (50% research/50% extension) at the assistant professor rank with focus in Water Quantity/Irrigation Engineering. We seek candidates who are interested in providing resources to Virginia citizens to help them optimize use of a finite amount of quality water in the production of crops, including specialty crops such as ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables, and in urban landscape management. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement an integrated research/extension program addressing areas such as the following: impacts of climate change and climate variability on water resources; development of robust remote-sensing networks to quantify water use and improve irrigation scheduling; water saving techniques/technologies; irrigation management strategies to maximize crop water use efficiency; practices to limit off-site losses of sediment and agrichemicals (e.g., drainage water management); water collection/reuse for irrigation; and recommendations for conventional and deficit irrigation regimes for temperate and humid subtropical climates found in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic United States.


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, management-intensive irrigation technologies. Virginia needs expertise in water supply and irrigation engineering to assist in developing improved/innovative irrigation systems and in communicating effective irrigation water 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 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, and preference will be given to candidates with at least one degree in engineering. Candidates should 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 a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications, extramural funding, extension/outreach excellence, and experiences and interests in culturally diverse groups.


Apply online at (job posting TR0150003). Review of applications will begin on February 28, 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.


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 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.



POSTED: 1-7-2015


Tenure-track Faculty Position in Water


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of water with emphasis on interactions among hydrology, ecology, urban sustainability, and public health. 


CSU is a land-grant institution with a strong commitment to research that impacts society and addresses global problems, while maintaining an emphasis on scholarly excellence.  Candidates with expertise in areas pertaining to the interdependence of built and natural systems, ecological engineering, and/or resilient water infrastructure are especially encouraged to apply.


Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop and maintain an internationally-recognized, externally-funded research program; (2) provide intellectual leadership and excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in civil and environmental engineering; and (3) pursue scholarly activities, serve the academic community and contribute to university outreach.  The successful candidate will be expected to address interdisciplinary research problems that complement and expand current activities in the Department, and to collaborate effectively with other faculty within the Department and across the University.


Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline is required and must be completed by the start date.  Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their alignment with the focus areas given above, their academic credentials, their record of excellence in research, teaching, and scholarly activities, potential for success in developing funded research programs, professional service, communication skills, and their potential to make exceptional contributions in research, teaching, and the engineering profession.


Appointment: The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of assistant professor; however, an associate professor appointment may be considered for exceptional candidates.


Salary and benefits:  CSU provides nationally competitive salaries commensurate with qualifications and experience, excellent benefits (, and extensive facilities and laboratories.


Proposed Start Date: August 15, 2015 or as negotiated.


Deadline:  For full consideration, please submit an application by 11:59 pm MST February 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


To Apply:  Applications should be emailed to  A complete application must include all the following in one PDF file:

¡P         a cover letter of not more than one page;

¡P         a detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of refereed journal articles, evidence of teaching experience and quality and, if applicable, a list of submitted and funded projects for which the applicant was either the principal investigator or a co-principal investigator;

¡P         a vision statement of not more than two pages, including separate sections on research philosophy and vision (one page) and on teaching philosophy and vision (one page), describing how the applicant would strategically fit into the CEE Department at CSU; and

¡P         a list of only three references (references will not be contacted without prior approval of candidates). Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire CEE faculty.


If you have questions about this search, please contact the search chair, Dr. Brian Bledsoe, at


Colorado State University, with an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students, is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a community of approximately 156,000 people located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 65 miles (105 km) north of Denver, that is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the USA.  Fort Collins residents enjoy an excellent school system, an expansive park and natural area program with extensive biking, hiking and walking trails, and over 300 sunny days a year.  More information about Fort Collins and Colorado State University can be obtained at and


The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked 31 among such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 31 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 15 research scientists/scholars, 23 research associates, and 10 administrative professionals. In the areas relevant to this search, our faculty are leaders in cutting edge interdisciplinary research and education with other faculty and programs across campus including the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, the Atmospheric Science Department, the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, and the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department, as well as with researchers across the country and the world. Our water-related programs have received designation as CSU¡¦s Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence. Research expenditures by the CEE Department exceeded $10.4M during FY2014 including interdisciplinary research and education programs like the CLEAN Center, I-WATER, Water Science and Engineering for Environmental Sustainability, and others.  Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at


Condition for Employment:  Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.



POSTED: 10-3-2014


PhD Research Assistantship in Ecohydrology


Posting: A PhD Research Assistantship is available in the field of ecohydrology in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University (USA).  This position will involve research to conduct an integrated ecosystem assessment in the Gulf of Mexico that focuses on oysters and their related ecosystem services.   Students will be supported through a stipend as well as paid tuition and insurance.


Requirements: Applicants should have a Master¡¦s degree in a related field (preferably engineering) and have computer modeling experience. Applicants with experience in wetlands ecology, hydrology, and coastal systems are encouraged to apply.  


Please apply by emailing me your CV, transcript, and GRE scores to


You can see more regarding my research at