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Postdoctoral Associate in Lake Water Quality Forecasting

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Lake Water Quality Forecasting
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0170320
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:

A new position for a postdoctoral associate to collaborate with a vibrant, interdisciplinary research team working in freshwater ecology is available in the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech. This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. As part of the project, we are combining high-frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science. This project is unique because it combines theory and application: we will be developing new, generalized approaches to forecasting that will be directly applied to managing the drinking water reservoir.

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking a creative and quantitative Ph.D. with significant research experience in freshwater science, especially the implementation of sensor networks and modeling. The successful applicant will collaborate with graduate students, post docs, and faculty to address fundamental questions surrounding the effects of changing climate and management on water quality dynamics in lake and reservoir catchments. Research activities will include: deploying a network of diverse sensors in a reservoir and its catchment to feed a data-model fusion system; using hydrodynamic-water quality simulation models to create water quality forecasts; and collaborating with reservoir managers. The successful applicant will have access to new distributed computing resources that have become recently available from GLEON-PRAGMA (Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly) collaborations.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience with water quality sensors and sensor networking
-Experience with ecosystem simulation modeling
-Experience working with resource managers
-Substantial publications in peer-reviewed journals
-Ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary environment

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter explaining their research experiences and future interests; 2) a CV; and 3) names and contact information for three references to jobs.vt.edu website.Apply to posting #SR0170320. 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
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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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Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 could vary
Job Posting Date: 08/11/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/01/2017
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Restricted to university employees only? No
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/78847

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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