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Watershed Monitoring and Soil Science Postdoctoral Associate
University of the Virgin Islands in Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Date Posted 03/11/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Classification Description Professional
FLSA Status Exempt

Position Title Watershed Monitoring and Soil Science Postdoctoral Associate
Position Number 329043
Department VI EPSCOR
Job Description

The Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is seeking a full-time postdoctoral associate in watershed monitoring and soil science to assist in completion of research objectives in the 2020-2025 NSF-EPSCoR grant entitled “Ridge to Reef” (R2R). This position is a twelve-month appointment for a two-year period. The Watershed Monitoring and Soil Science Postdoctoral Associate will assist in the 1) collection of suspended sediment samples in two watershed monitoring studies on St. Croix and St. John islands utilizing land-based and aquatic sediment traps, 2) Collection and maintenance of soil moisture data in agricultural production (plantain and breadfruits) field experiments, 3) installation and maintenance of field-based data logging equipment in a variety of terrains (agricultural & forested), 4) laboratory processing of soil and water samples, 5) data analysis and interpretation of sediment and nutrient flux data in watershed monitoring, 6) soil water behavior/modeling in plantain and breadfruit agricultural systems, as well as in natural forest systems, and 7) Other responsibilities as assigned. The position will aid in other R2R-funded research, outreach, and reporting requirements where needed. This includes but is not limited to assistance with project evaluations and reporting related to the research and associated outreach and citizen science program activities, and coordination and organization of workshops and conferences, tours, lectures, open house, demonstrations and exhibits that focus on the research and communicating it to the community. The position should also expect to apply for additional funds via grant proposals to further support this position and sustain the research program.

Required Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in soil science, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, hydrology or related fields
2) Experience with hydrological research questions at any scale
3) Experience with GIS and statistical software (R, SAS, JMP, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

1) Experience in tropical settings and small island contexts
2) Administrative experience on scientific research projects (e.g. materials purchases and shipping management)
3) Willingness to mentor graduate (masters) and undergraduate students
4) Ability to conduct meetings and coordinate with other research teams in remote formats (e.g. Zoom)
5) Experience with laboratory equipment for soil sample processing (e.g. spectrophotometer)
6) Experience in environmental studies at a variety of scales (plot-scale, field-scale, and landscape-scale)
7) Knowledge or interest in watershed and land use dynamics
8) Willingness to conduct independent research into a variety of disciplines in order to meet widely varying research objectives
9) Diving experience (i.e., PADI scuba certification) preferred or willingness to receive diver training and certification
10) Demonstrated abilities in written and verbal communication (e.g., publications and conference presentations in curriculum vitae)
11) Ability to work independently and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team.

Physical Demands

1) Must be able to work in tropical field conditions in a variety of settings (agricultural field, thick tropical forest vegetation, wetland and mangrove areas, and open water) in all weather conditions
2) Must be willing to work outside standard working hours when necessary for field measurements or maintenance
3) Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and work for several hours in outdoor conditions

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