Water Research Scientist

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Water Research Scientist


Water Center-2225

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Description of Work:

The Water Research Scientist will contribute to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Water Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. This position’s overall research goal is to support an advanced soil and water chemistry program that will integrate theoretical, experimental, advanced measurement and modeling approaches for Nebraska stakeholders. The individual will work with local Natural Resource Districts (NRDs) to help calibrate nitrate loading models and use these to predict the effect of changing management practices on local groundwater quality, develop new speciation, trace element and isotope methods, promote use of new equipment in Water Sciences Laboratory Core Facility and help connect faculty with instrumentation and materials science methods available at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience. The candidate will spearhead new research proposals to help the employing unit better serve Nebraska NRDs and agency priorities focused on improving groundwater quality; and will secure extramural funding, publish in top-tiered journals, advise graduate students, and collaborate with colleagues in other academic, state, and federal institutions.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Nebraska Water Center are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in chemistry, geochemistry, materials science or related discipline, with a strong background of coursework and experience in theoretical and applied chemistry. The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. within the last five years and possess post-Ph.D. experience. The candidate will possess education, training, and skill in theory and application of novel and advanced instrumentation techniques such as mass spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy – x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy and extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, high resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate will have experience in theoretical physical transport, fate, and chemical reaction modeling for use in predicting the hydrochemical effects due to losses of reactive nitrogen.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the faculty information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and your experience contributing to inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references.

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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time