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POSTED: 12-15-2017


PhD Research Assistant, hydrodynamics a sediment transport modeling

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Mississippi State University


A PhD student research assistant (RA) position is open in the fields of hydrodynamics a sediment transport modeling. The position will be housed in department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. The work will involve simulating a variety of methods to promote sediment deposition in coastal wetlands.


An undergraduate or MS in engineering is required. Experience is preferred in at least two of the following fields: numerical modeling, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, computer coding, or GIS.

Full tuition, insurance, and stipend will be provided.


If you are interested in this position, please email Dr. Linhoss at or call at 662-325-1983. Application packets should include cover letter, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is a second language.


POSTED: 12-15-2017



The Ohio State University

Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering ¡V Ecological Engineering Program


Description: Drs. Jay F. Martin and Margaret M. Kalcic have 2 years of support for a Post-doctoral Scientist to contribute to ongoing biophysical modeling projects focused on Lake Erie and its watershed. This position will lead a major modeling effort in support of multiple projects investigating linkages among climate change, ecology, and human behavior (e.g., farmers, decision-makers) in the largely agricultural watersheds that are the primary source of sediments and nutrients to western Lake Erie. These projects include one funded by NSF INFEWs that examines potential effects of deglobalization on the sustainability of Great Lakes¡¦ food-energy-water systems (FEWS), and another funded by NOAA using climate forecasts to reduce nutrient runoff and algal blooms. The Post-doc¡¦s primary responsibilities include: 1) predicting how climate and land management interact to affect water quality and ecosystem attributes (flow, nutrients, harmful algal blooms) using an existing watershed model set up using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT); and 2) communicating these results to the scientific community and stakeholders via journal publications, presentations, and reports. Interdisciplinary results are desired and will be achieved using watershed models to analyze impacts of public policy, farmer behavior, and land management change. Because the SWAT model has been calibrated and validated, the successful candidate can immediately begin performing management and climate scenarios, as well as publishing results.


The post-doc will be co-supervised by Drs. Martin and Kalcic and work closely with an interdisciplinary team of Ohio State faculty, researchers, and students that includes social scientists, economists and communication specialists.


The post-doc is expected to write manuscripts, present scientific papers, and mentor students that are conducting related field, laboratory, and modeling research. If interested, the post-doc would have opportunities to participate in field and lab work, gain university teaching experience, attend training workshops, and write research grants. Support will be provided to attend scientific meetings.


Location: The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students in the department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering ( Office space would be provided on Ohio State¡¦s main campus in Columbus, Ohio.


Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in agricultural, environmental, or ecological engineering, or a related field. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have had extensive experience using the SWAT model and GIS to analyze watershed hydrology and nutrient transport.


How to apply: Electronically submit a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Jay Martin at and Margaret Kalcic at (please put ¡§Watershed Modeling Post-Doc¡¨ in the subject line). We have begun reviewing applications, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be January 2018. Feel free to direct questions to Drs. Martin and Kalcic.


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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POSTED: 12-15-2017


Discovery Theme: Sustainable and Resilient Economy

Department: Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Position: Sustainable Water Engineering

Rank: Assistant Professor

Ohio State University




The Ohio State University seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position available in Columbus starting Aug 16, 2018. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the design and analysis of green infrastructure and other stormwater systems in order to improve the management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. This should include the integration and analysis of complex datasets that include surface and groundwater data coupled with current and predicted precipitation to preserve, protect and improve ecosystem services and related water resources. Experience quantifying how changes in infrastructure, climate and land use/land cover impact interactions between the landscape and aquatic ecosystems is desired. An ability to perform hydrological and water quality modeling of green infrastructure in urban areas is also desired. We seek a candidate with knowledge and experience to accomplish the following goals: develop an interdisciplinary research program with integration of topics such as economics, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, public health, and policy related to the candidate¡¦s main area of research; assist municipalities as they address water management challenges with techniques such as green

infrastructure and develop outreach programs for diverse stakeholders; obtain funding to support research and outreach programs; teach undergraduate/graduate courses in areas such as sustainable water engineering, ecological engineering, stream geomorphology, and hydrology; advise graduate and undergraduate students; and provide leadership to the profession through state and national professional societies. Also desirable is interest in developing an international research program. This position will be a joint appointment between the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.


This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative interdisciplinary community of scholars in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program including faculty from Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Business. The SRE program seeks to advance sustainability science by developing a more holistic understanding of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems, human-environment interactions, and innovations in sustainable technologies and policy. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and resilience topics.




Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in agricultural, biological, civil, ecological or hydrological engineering, or closely allied program. Registration as a Professional Engineer or demonstrated eligibility is desirable. It is essential that the candidate has good knowledge of water

systems; excellent speaking and writing skills; ability and desire to work in interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Extension and Research teams; and ability to teach in various Extension settings as well as in resident instruction. The candidate must establish and conduct a research program resulting in national impacts and high-quality publications.


About Columbus:


The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at


Application Instructions:


Applications accepted through Dec. 22, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should submit a cover letter (1-2 pp); CV; one-page summaries of their (1) Philosophy of Teaching and (2) Philosophy of Research and (3) Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion; academic transcripts; and names and contact information (address, email, phone) for three professional references. Application materials should be sent as one PDF file (that includes the candidates name in the filename) via email to:


Dr. Jay Martin, Professor and Search Committee Chair

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Ohio State University

590 Woody Hayes Drive

Columbus, OH 43210-1057

Telephone: 614/247-6133; Fax: 614/292-9448; E-mail:


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.



POSTED: 12-15-2017


Assistant Professor in Systems Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Merced invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of systems engineering with a focus on sustainability and infrastructure. We are especially interested in candidates with a background in sustainable building and civil systems, climate resilient infrastructure, sustainable energy systems, life-cycle assessment, earth systems engineering and management, and other related areas. The position will contribute to School of Engineering research strengths in the areas of sustainability, natural and managed ecosystems, and the food, energy, water nexus. The position will contribute to enhancing undergraduate (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and graduate (Environmental Systems) program curricula. For more information please see:



POSTED: 9-27-2017


Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineer

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Oklahoma State University


Nature of Position:

This position is an 11-month, tenure-track appointment with primary Research (60%) and Teaching (40%) responsibilities, and can start as soon as January 1, 2018. Initial appointment will be at Assistant Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The faculty member will be expected to develop a research program addressing priority water-resource issues in Oklahoma and the region. Programs are expected to include evaluating the impacts of agricultural management practices on water resources (particularly hydrology, nutrients, and contaminants), modeling watershed and in-stream water quality, developing best management practices for water conservation and to improve off-site water quality impacts, statistical hydrology, or any combination thereof.


The faculty member¡¦s instructional program will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Biosystems Engineering. In particular, the incumbent will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Potential topics include Water Quality Engineering, Watershed Modeling, and Applied Water Resources Statistics. Specific teaching responsibilities will be determined in collaboration with the department head and in alignment with the department¡¦s needs. Advising graduate and undergraduate students, including honors students, and assisting with advising undergraduate student organizations are also expected.


The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, other departments in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR), and other departments and units of the University and external partners. Updating and implementing innovative teaching methods/materials, working directly with clientele, collaborating with research and extension personnel, developing and implementing a nationally recognized research program, and providing service to university and professional communities are expected.



Required: The candidate must have an earned PhD degree in Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline. All requirements for the degree must have been met prior to start date. Knowledge of water resources engineering, hydrologic processes, fluid mechanics, and natural resources/environmental impacts is required. Candidates must have excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to travel, current (or the ability to obtain) Professional Engineering registration and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment.


Preferred: Postdoctoral experience in a related field, proven record of peer-reviewed publications and externally funded grants is ideal.



Full-time, 11-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the title of Assistant Professor.


Application Process:

Application materials should include a letter indicating interest, qualifications and experience; curriculum vitae; research statement (one page maximum); teaching philosophy (one page maximum); and a list of five (5) names, with telephone numbers and e-mail address who may be contacted for additional information. Submit applications electronically to Inquiries or questions only regarding this position may be directed to Dr. John Veenstra Professor and Head (; 405-744-5431) or Dr. Carol Jones, Search Committee Chair, (; 405-744-6667).


Application Deadline: 

Screening of applications will begin October 13, 2017. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected for the position.




POSTED: 9-27-2017


Postdoctoral Scholar

UCLA Fielding School Of Public Health - Environmental Health Sciences


Postdoctoral Scholar Sought to Study Vegetation-Related Ecosystem Services in Urban Natural Treatment Systems


A postdoctoral scholar position is available for research on ecological aspects of low-energy systems used for capturing and treating stormwater runoff.  Research will include field studies of plant and animal communities associated with natural treatment systems (such as stormwater biofilters) performing water quality improvement services. Specific research goals include:  1) evaluating ecosystem services and ecological values (ES&EV) in natural treatment systems, 2) describing plant biodiversity and functional diversity in natural treatment systems, and 3) understanding connections between plant functional traits and ES&EV.  The postdoc will be supervised by Professor Rich Ambrose at UCLA with close collaboration with researchers at the five southern University of California campuses (UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego).


Qualifications: Ph.D. in urban ecology or related field. Additional Qualifications: experience conducting ecological field work; strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse team; demonstrated ability to conduct statistical analyses and produce publications.  Preferred qualifications include: research experience with green infrastructure, water quality and related sediment parameters, and identifying plants and measuring plant functional traits; an outstanding publication record; and experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research (including engineers, microbiologists and chemists).  Must have a driver¡¦s license and be able to drive to field sites and between five southern UC campuses.


The preferred start date is October 10, 2017.  Funding is available for 1.5 years, contingent on successful performance.  Salary (including full university benefits) commensurate with experience and set by the University of California pay scale.  This position is funded by a University of California Office of the President Multicampus Research Programs and Initiative (MRPI) grant under the direction of Dr. Stanley Grant at UC Irvine.  In addition to research activities, the postdoc will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and participate in MRPI training activities.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at:


Apply by electronically submitting 1) a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, 2) a Curriculum Vitae indicating when your Ph.D. was awarded (or is anticipated) and lists publications and other relevant activities, and 3) names and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Richard Ambrose at  Review of applications will begin on August 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from early

career scholars for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2018.



POSTED: 9-27-2017


Postdoctoral Fellowships and Collaborating Mentors

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from early career scholars for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2018.


Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge production by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, or methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Regardless of approach, fellows¡¦ projects take advantage of existing data. SESYNC does not fund fellows to collect new field or survey data. Successful candidates will use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing to co-develop a synthesis research project.


Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems, but the synthesis may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. Prospective fellows who propose the use of advanced theoretical, computational, or mathematical approaches or the use of Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) and other long-term datasets to study the structure and dynamics of socio-environmental systems are particularly encouraged to apply.


Appointments will be through the University of Maryland and fellowship awardees must be based at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and include structured mentoring programs and opportunities to participate in ongoing Center activities.


The pre-screening application due date is October 27, 2017, 5 p.m. ET!


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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks Collaborating Mentors interested in collaborating with SESYNC postdoctoral fellows on co-developed socio-environmental synthesis research projects beginning in August 2018.


Collaborating Mentors are expected to work closely with the Postdoctoral Fellow on the proposed project for a period of two years beginning August 2018 and to provide mentorship on the synthesis research. However, the Fellow will lead development of the proposed project and implementation of the research. Postdoctoral Fellows will be funded by SESYNC and located in Annapolis, Maryland. They are expected to meet in person with their Mentor at least twice per year; funds will be provided for Fellows to visit Mentors at their home institutions and vice versa. The mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution, and we welcome mentors from universities, NGOs, government agencies, and other research institutions.


To be included in the Mentor Registry that is made available to all pre-screened postdoctoral fellowship applicants, Collaborating Mentor applications must be submitted by October 27, 2017, 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Please submit applications as soon as possible as Mentor application materials are shared on the registry on a rolling basis.


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