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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Part Time) (Oracle, AZ)

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Candidate to provide 2 letters of recommendation

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Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Part Time) (Oracle, AZ)
Department Biosphere 2 (1306)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 invites applications for a postdoctoral position in contaminant transport modeling. Successful candidate will work on Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) funded project titled Phototransformation, Sorption, Transport, and Fate of Mixtures of NTO, DNAN, and Traditional Explosives as a Function of Climatic Conditions. This project examines release and environmental fate of insensitive munitions constituents. Successful candidate will be conducting HYDRUS-1D simulations to predict dissolution and transport of insensitive munitions in soils. The candidate will be responsible for designing in collaboration with project PIs realistic input scenarios for the simulations, completion of simulations and writing a manuscript that describes that work. Postdoctoral scientist will also provide training to the graduate student working on the project in applying HYDRUS-1D to transport of energetic compounds in soils. Postdoctoral scientist will be supervised by Dr. Katerina Dontsova. Target start date is October 15th, 2017.

Position location:
University of Arizona Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623

Biosphere 2 is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

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Duties & Responsibilities

- Use reactive transport modeling to predict dissolution and transport of insensitive munitions in soils
- Identify in collaboration with project PIs realistic scenarios of insensitive munition deposition on the training grounds and collect relevant climatic and soil information for chosen locations
- Perform HYDRUS-1D simulations for selected scenarios
- Publish results of this research in peer-reviewed journals
- Provide training to the graduate students and other personnel working on the project in application of HYDRUS-1D to transport of energetic compounds in soils.
- Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

PhD in soil science, environmental science, environmental chemistry or related fields

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of reactive transport modeling and experience applying HYDRUS-1D software to contaminant transport in soils

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 20
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $47,659 Annually (To be Prorated by .50 FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20459
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Katerina Dontsova

Open Date 10/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/19/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Candidate to provide 2 letters of recommendation

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  2. * Do you have a PhD in soil science, environmental science, environmental chemistry or related fields?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Candidate Provided Letter(s) of Recommendation
Optional Documents