POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, SOIL SCIENCE/SOIL PHYSICS/SOIL MECHANICS, DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Soil Science/Soil Physics/Soil Mechanics
Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the general areas of soil hydrology, soil physics, and soil mechanics to support currently funded projects. Current project efforts are focused on developing systematic relations among landform type, soil physical properties, surface condition, and vegetative cover that can provide realistic prediction or estimation of basic soil properties, especially soil strength, soil moisture, and soil dust emission in both the soil surface and soil sub-surface.
We seek scientists with knowledge, experience, or interest in two or more of the following technical areas:
- Design, operation, and data analysis of field- and laboratory-based systems for monitoring soil mass-energy balance (e.g. soil moisture, temperature, dielectric, weather parameters; operation/programming of data loggers, processing of collected data).
- Development and/or operation of field and laboratory experiments to measure parameters effecting soil strength and soil mechanics (e.g. cone penetrometer, soil moisture meters/probes, soil density gauge, use of tension infiltrometers, related methods to measure soil hydrologic parameters).
- Analytical operations in a soil laboratory, including a wide range of soil physical (e.g. laser-optical particle-size determination, bulk density, sieving), chemical analysis (e.g. soluble extracts, pH, mineral extractions, XRF), and hydrologic (e.g. moisture release curves, calibration of soil moisture probes, moisture-based thermal parameters).Ability to learn methods of data QA/WC and related data analysis and preparation or reports is essential.
- Numerical modeling of soil hydrologic and physical properties using existing software (e.g., Hydrus, Rosetta, SHAW, SSiB).
- Analytical field- and laboratory operations to characterize the propagation of electromagnetic wave propagation and thermal heat transfer in soil systems (e.g. GPR, ground conductivity meter, FLIR).
- Analysis of soil thermal properties.
- Ability to assist with conversion of field, laboratory, and field monitoring data into tables and figures for reports and publications (e.g. Excel, SigmaPlot, SigmaStat, SYSTAT).
- Ability to work with programing languages as R, Python, and MatLab.
- Knowledge of soil classification systems (NRCS, FAO, etc.), soil-landform relations, soil profile characterization, and soil-forming processes.
- US citizenship.
- Ph.D. in soil science, geophysics, hydrology, geoscience, or related fields in engineering (e.g., geologic, environmental) from an accredited institution.
- Experience in two of more of the research areas of Soil Science, Soil Physics, or Soil Mechanics.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Evidence of the ability to participate in collaborative, team-based oriented research.
- Self-starter who can take direction but does not require it.
- Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines.
Conditions of Employment
- Well-established knowledge of soil and hydrological processes related to assessment of soil condition from local to regional scales
- Ability to design, set up, and run novel field and laboratory experiments in support of above research areas
- Excellent communication skills and ability to develop oral/poster presentations and write peer reviewed papers with limited supervision
- Ability to participate in the development of research proposals
- Strong quantitative and modeling skills
- Strong interest in developing research proposals for extramural funding
- Due to security requirements associated with accessing essential project sites and information, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States.
- Must be able to work extended hours in the field (often in remote locations) and travel as required
- Must be able to hand carry field equipment (up to 40 lbs) and collected samples across variable terrain. Conduct field data collects including use of shovels, picks, augers, and technical equipment to measure soil properties related to morphology, strength, and moisture, Valid driver’s license and driving record that allows the ability to access U.S. instillations.
- The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.
Salary / Benefits
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview: https://www.dri.edu/wp-content/uploads/Post-Doc-Benefits-Summary-FY20.pdf
Application / Review Process
Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/DRI-External
Please upload the following documents in the specified section of your application in Workday:
- A cover letter detailing your research experience, career goals, and project interests;
- A current curriculum vitae;
- Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission.
Qualified individuals who meet all qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.
For more detailed information about DRI, please visit us at www.dri.edu
. For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7319.
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
Location: Reno, NV
Job Type: Other
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