Post Doctoral Associate in Civil and Bioengineering
October 10, 2017
Position Description - Postdoc position The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University is seeking a multi-disciplinary post-doctoral scientist with experience in process-based hydrologic modeling or agent-based modeling (ABM) to work on research projects related to water-food-energy-environment nexus at watershed and regional scales. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of water scientists and engineers, the selected candidate is expected to participate in the development of an integrated complex distributed water systems model and apply it to understand effects of variations in the hydrologic cycle and climate change on coupled human-natural systems.
Duration This is a one-year position (starting salary as $55,000 with benefit) with the possibility of extension for another year depends on work performance and available funding. The starting date is flexible but should be ideally no later than 2017/12/01.
Minimum Qualifications Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Computer Science or similar fields; Coding experience in Matlab, R, Python or C++;
Preferred Qualifications Research experience in developing and applying hydrologic models in water resources, including knowledge of optimization and water resources system analysis; Experience with Netlogo or any other ABM software is a plus; Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
Major Duties 1. Developing an agent-based model to couple with a grid-based water resources management model to simulate influences of human decisions at regional level (e.g. the entire US West) energy-water nexus; 2. Applying an existing coupled modeling framework (SWAT-ABM) for scenario analysis (e.g. climate change impact, water infrastructure development, demographic dynamic) in the Mekong and Niger River Basin 3. Participating in other research work in the Complex Adaptive Water System (CAWS) research group, located at Lehigh University
Location Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. For 150 years, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh's four colleges provide graduate and undergraduate education to approximately 7,000 students. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh is 80 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, providing an accessible and convenient location that offers an appealing mix of urban and rural lifestyles. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is just six miles from campus. Lehigh Valley cities and towns are regularly listed as among the best places to live in the country. Lehigh's CEE Department is consistently ranked among the top 25 nationally.
The CEE Water Resources Laboratory has a flow capacity of 6 cfs and has 2 modeling tanks (12' x 30' and 10' x 20', respectively), a 50' horizontal flume, several short tilting flumes, and experimental benches. The Water and Environmental Engineering research laboratories are located in the state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society (STEPS) research facility (http://www.lehigh.edu/steps). STEPS is also home to the Energy Systems Engineering Institute (http://www.lehigh.edu/~inesei/) and Environmental Initiative (EI) (http://www.ei.lehigh.edu). The EI is an interdisciplinary program consisting of faculty, staff and students from all four colleges of Lehigh whose overall mission is to advance humanity's understanding and awareness of our role in an interaction with our natural environment through research, teaching, and outreach. The EI enables interdisciplinary efforts that transcend typical departmental and college boundaries in degree programs, problem-based research projects, and environmental education for school children, policymakers, and the general public.
Equal Employment Opportunity Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lehigh provides a wide range of networking, mentoring and development opportunities for early-career scientist, and promotes a healthy work-life balance (see http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html). Lehigh is a recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility and a 2010 National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see http://advance.cc.lehigh.edu). Lehigh offers excellent benefits, including domestic-partner benefits, and Lehigh is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium to assist highly qualified couples who face the dual career challenge.
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