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Postdoctoral Associate

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160260
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Water Systems Research Group within the department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in the area of water resource engineering beginning in either Summer or Fall of 2017. The postdoc will be advised by Dr. Julie Shortridge, an assistant professor and extension specialist, and have the opportunity to interact with other faculty involved in interdisciplinary water research across the university.

The Water Systems Research Group aims to improve our understanding and management of water resources through the use of systems engineering methodologies, such as risk and decision analysis, machine learning, and statistical modeling. We aim to combine simulation-based assessments with robust risk and decision frameworks to inform planning in complex systems with natural, engineered, and human components. Current areas of research include climate change adaptation under deep uncertainty, predictive modeling of water demand, and climate risk management in water resource and agricultural systems. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the leadership of ongoing projects and will also have the opportunity to initiate new work based on their own unique background and expertise.

This position will provide an excellent opportunity for the candidate to apply a variety of modeling and analytical skills to compelling problems in water resource management, publish first-author publications, and present their findings at scientific meetings. They will also gain experience in developing and writing research proposals for external funding. The postdoc won’t have any teaching responsibilities, but will be expected to assist in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants.

Required Qualifications:

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in Biological, Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, or Systems/Industrial Engineering or a related discipline. Excellent communication skills. Proficiency in statistical computing with R. Educational or research experience in probabilistic risk assessment, decision analysis, simulation, machine-learning, statistical modeling and/or uncertainty analysis. Interests in water resources planning and management, climate change adaptation, and/or sustainability.

Preferred Qualifications:

Track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications and conference presentations. Experience with hydrologic or water resource models (e.g., SWAT, WEAP, etc.). Strong computing/programming background (e.g. Python, Visual Basic, SQL, etc.). Good organizational and interpersonal skills, experience working on research teams.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, a letter of application, Cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of references. The review date for applications is May 15, 2017. Apply to posting #
SR0160260. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 1 year, renewable
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Biological Systems Engineering
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm, or as requested
Job Posting Date: 04/28/2017
Review Begin Date: 05/15/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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