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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Geosciences (1205)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

This is a Postdoctoral fellowship on landscape evolution as a function of spatial scale in semi-arid watersheds. The University of Arizona seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar for a collaboration between the University of Arizona (Jon Pelletier) and the Tucson office of the Agricultural Research Service (Mary Nichols and Mark Nearing). A rich suite of data, including airborne and ground-based lidar, high-resolution aerial photography, runoff and sediment fluxes from a network of supercritical flumes, etc. are available. These data, together with an uptick in recent interest in using WGEW as a test bed for landscape evolution models over a range of time scales, provide an excellent opportunity to both advance landscape evolution modeling generally as well as improve our understanding of semi-arid landscape evolution under climate change.

Position is a one-to-two year job assignment, with possibility of extension if additional funding is secured.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

This postdoc will analyze data and develop numerical models aimed at quantifying landscape evolution in semi-arid watersheds using Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) as a test case. Particular interest is on examining hydrologic and geomorphic processes as a function of spatial scale, taking advantage of the nested experimental design of instrumented watersheds in WGEW, quantifying the pulsed nature of sediment transport, and quantifying the impact of decadal-to-millennial scale vegetation changes on semi-arid watershed dynamics.

The Department of Geosciences supports Inclusive Excellence, the University diversity strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness. Candidates are encouraged to support the department’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts and to especially contribute to teaching and mentoring, student engagement, community outreach, university service, and other efforts designed to increase participation by members of underrepresented groups in departmental and university activities.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD degree in applicable research field associated with this job.
Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $47,659 Annually (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20481
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Open Date 11/16/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/04/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD degree in an applicable research field associated with this position?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents