Postdoctoral Scholar - Marine Water Quality & Environmental Health - Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California Berkeley
June 1, 2018
Open date: May 29th, 2018
Next review date:June 28th, 2018 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 28th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Dr. Vincent Resh in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position starting Summer or Fall 2018. The candidate will work with Dr. Vincent Resh and colleagues on a new collaborative research project between UCB and the University of the Philippines (UPD) Marine Science Institute to better measure and model marine water quality and environmental health issues. The research will center on the use of an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) to collect a wide range of spatially referenced data (meteorological, oceanographic, acoustic, photographic, and multiple water- quality parameters) which will be complemented with water samples and lab-based analyses as well as satellite and other remote sensed data. Research and data collection activities will center on three sites: two coastal sites where natural and anthropogenic runoff, effluent, and other factors (including submarine groundwater discharges at one site) are suspected to be associated with nutrient fluxes, harmful algal blooms, and other water quality and environmental health impacts; and one open-ocean site in a marine protected area where fishing and other activities and impacts on marine biodiversity (fish and coral systems) will be investigated.
Project Activities and Expectations Following initial training on the use of the ASV (deployment, monitoring, maintenance, and data retrieval), the Postdoctoral Scholar will collaborate with UCB and UPD colleagues to:
Install, configure, and test a variety of sensors for the ASV
Combine ASV data with satellite and other remote sensed data to produce high-resolution maps (to better understand spatial and temporal impacts of nutrient fluxes and HABs)
Measure and model the flows and spatial extent of wastewater effluent discharges in coastal/recreational areas (using data from fluorescence-based in situ monitoring and lab-based analysis of water samples)
Measure and map the flows and impacts of submarine groundwater discharges on coastal water quality (including seasonal analyses)
Use USV and acoustic data to monitor marine mammal populations and fishing activities
Prepare multiple articles for submission to high-impact peer-reviewed journals
Basic Qualifications (by the time of application) Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD, MD or equivalent degree program in Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Computer Science, Statistics or related field.
Additional Qualifications (by start date) Candidates must have PhD, MD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Computer Science, Statistics or related field. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Preferred Qualifications (by start date)
Demonstrated expertise in GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and spatial modeling
Demonstrated ability to produce high quality scientific results with limited direct guidance
Demonstrated experience with hardware and software configuration and programming
Demonstrated experience with remotely operated vehicles
Knowledge in marine systems science or environmental science Appointment The targeted start date for this position is Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on funding and performance. This is a full-time appointment.
Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their research experience, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of references may be requested for finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.
The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.
Curriculum Vitae - current CV
Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter describing their research experience
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)
3 references required (contact information only)
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