Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Tucson, AZ
Jun 02, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment at The University of Arizona is seeking a qualified and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate I. This is a year-to-year appointment, renewable up to 2 years contingent upon funding and performance. Under the direct supervision of Dr. Mary Nichols (USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center), the selected candidate will contribute to a new project to identify and assess the impacts of legacy (> 50 years old) soil and water conservation structures in western US rangelands funded by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The position is responsible for basic and applied research related to the hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetation impacts of human-altered rangelands. The project involves 1) landscape scale topographic data analysis involving lidar data and aerial photographs 2) developing and applying statistical and mathematical analysis methods to large-scale topographic data for discovery of hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetation patterns, and 3) analyses to interpret subsequent influences of hydrologic change on ecosystem services and constraints to land management.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research in the following areas related to human altered rangelands: identify legacy soil and water conservation structures such as earthen berms and stock tanks in remotely sensed data including aerial lidar, quantify runoff and channel incision patterns, interpret lansdscape scale changes.
  • Conduct literature reviews and comparisons, analyze data, and interpret results.
  • Produce multiple peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and research proposals as well as present at scientific conferences related to current research.
  • Contribute to a team effort that covers aspects of hydrology, geomorphology, applied mathematics, numerical modeling, and geospatial analysis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of semiarid hydrology, landscapes, and watershed processes.
  • Strong computational and quantitative capabilities, including ability to program in R, Python, etc., Ability to design and execute analyses of topography, runoff, and drainage networks.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work with project personnel.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a Ph.D. degree inthe area of Semiarid Hydrology, Applied Math, Geospatial Analytics or in arelated field upon hire.
  • Experience in the fields of Geospatial Analysis, Computational Sciences, Geographic Information Science and Numerical Methods.
  • Experience in analysis, research, and technical writing.
  • Experience with Matlab, GRAS.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research experience with Geomorphon methods for topographic analysis.
  • Experience with relational databases.
  • Experience with high-performance computing.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Debbi Busack
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please attach a writing sample.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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