A Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to join a consortium of academic partners analyzing contemporary and future challenges to food-energy-water systems (FEWS) of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Extreme weather will continue to challenge the performance of FEWS-related engineered and natural infrastructure, and serve as a major force shaping future decisions on environment, economy, and national security. This project responds to this imperative by creating the C-FEWS (Climate-induced extremes on the linked Food, Energy, Water System) research framework to advance modeling, data integration and assessment capabilities in support of hypothesis-based research on regional FEWS dynamics. It is also designed to support policy-making by identifying alternative management strategies under changing climate and weather extremes over multitemporal time horizons to 2100.
The project is seeking a creative, self-motivated, and energetic post-doctoral fellow assist, coordinate various aspects of, and be trained for a leadership position in the field.
Eligible fields of expertise:
Modeling, numerical methods and/or geospatial data analysis training in any of the following areas: hydrology, environmental systems analysis, environmental engineering, energy assessment, ecosystem services evaluation。
· Execute large-scale food-water-energy nexus modeling studies;
· Data integration from Earth System science and human dimensions perspectives;
· Analyze role of traditional engineering assets and ecosystem services in regional food-energy-water systems;
· Under the general supervision of the Senior Research Director and PIs, perform simple-to-complex research tasks, investigations, and analytical activities independently;
· Formulate scenarios of potential future trajectories of FEWS conditions and management responses;
· Integrate across individual project elements (models, data) by helping to create and apply a holistic analysis framework。
Qualifications and skills sought:
· Strong numerical skills;
· Modeling, data visualization geospatial analysis (GIS);
· Ability to write clearly, including technical reports & peer-reviewed scientific publications;
· Presentation skills for internal team meetings and scientific conferences;
· Capacity to participate in team-based research and lead various aspects of the work, including project management.
· In coordination with project lead, execute project management on various aspects of project;
· Interdisciplinary interactions with a modeling team;
· Consultation with other researchers and authorities in the field as appropriate;
· Interact and help mentor graduate and undergraduate students who are affiliated with the project;
· Ability to travel domestically;
· Work well in team environment but with ability to perform research independently;
· Preparation of annual and other administrative reports;
· Organize planning meetings and events, web-based communications as necessary.