Post Doc - HydrogeophysicsEmployment Type: Staff - RegularEmployee Class: Post Doctoral Assoc FT-MCBargaining Unit: BU ExemptShift: 1Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pmHours Per Week: 40FTE: 1Location: Main Campus AcademicDepartment: Environmental SciencesNumber of Openings: 1Salary Range: $ 45,000.00 - 45,000.00Grade: Post Doctoral Associate - PD01Float: N/ARotate: N/AOn Call: N/ATravel: N/AWeekend/Holiday: N/ARequisition ID: req3608Position Control Number (PCN): T88238Posting Period: open to fill Position Description:
The Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, OH seeksa postdoctoral research associate who will investigate stratigraphic andhydrological control on biogeochemical transformation and fluxes within coastalterrestrial and aquatic interfaces (TAIs). Spatial and temporal distribution ofbiogeochemical hotspots/moments depends on sediment types and properties aswell as groundwater flow strength and direction which is non-uniform. Geophysicaltechniques in combination with hydrogeological and in situ parametermeasurements can be used to improve the system understanding.Qualifications:
This position is part of the DOE funded project – Coastal Observation,Mechanism, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales - Field Measurements andExperiments (COMPASS-FME). This large project is led by the Pacific NorthwestNational Laboratory in collaboration with multiple partners, including theSmithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Argonne National Lab. TheCOMPASS - FME project aims to understand the coupled interactions of plants,microbes, soils/sediments, and hydrology within coastal systems to informmulti- scale, integrated models from reaction scales to the coastal interface. Theproject’s research emphasis is primarily on terrestrial and wetland processesthat are influenced by coastal waters, such as the fluxes and transformationsof carbon, nutrients, and redox elements through these systems. This projectincludes several national labs, and research institutions in the W. Basin ofLake Erie and Chesapeake Bay, affording the successful candidate theopportunity for exciting and diverse collaborations. COMPASS will hire severalpost-docs with complementary skills in coastal science, biogeochemistry, datasciences, and land surface modeling at all scales. This postdoc will be basedat U. Toledo but will work on both the Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay sites.
The incumbent will work on key research directions such as investigating hydraulic connectivity within coastal TAIs at the Lake Erie andChesapeake Bay research sites  non-invasive monitoring of biogeochemicalprocesses and  predicting the transfer of natural and anthropogenicperturbations across surface-groundwater boundaries within TAIs. The incumbentwill also be responsible for coordinating and implementing field research,installation and sampling at both research sites while co-supervising graduateand undergraduate students. Close collaboration with project partners andscientists at PNNL, LNLL, Heidelberg University and The University of Toledo isexpected.
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A minimum of PhD degree in geophysics, hydrogeology, geology, environmental sciences, civil/environmental engineering or other related discipline.Willingness and ability to engage in intensive field research activities including spending significant time outdoors, operating and maintaining equipment, etc. Experience with field geophysical and hydrogeological methods Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record A strong quantitative and analytical ability Experience with groundwater flow and transport simulation e.g. with Hydrogeosphere or MODFLOW Experience with Python, Matlab or R, and QGIS or ArcGIS
Communication and other skills:
Effective communication skills (oral and written) Ability and desire to collaborate with a large multi-institutional collaborative team Ability to work without close supervision and to make decisions concerning weather conditions and other logistical factors Ability to work closely with students, faculty and other staff to maintain research efficiency of the project.Working Conditions:
Working conditions include field geophysical and hydrogeological measurements and sampling on land, from a small boat or using waders. Exposure to harsh weather conditions including rain, heat, and sun. Must be able to carry gear up to 40 lbs. and launch a small craft by hand and reload to a vehicle. Must be willing to engage in long distance driving from Toledo to field research sites in Ohio and the Chesapeake Bay area
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