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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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