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Post-doctoral Position: Modeling of Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Central Valley, California

Posted: September 20,2017

Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources University of California at Davis, Davis, CA The Dahlke lab ( http://dahlke.ucdavis.edu) at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (http://lawr.ucdavis.edu) at the University of California, Davis has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to perform original research in water resources management. The selected candidate will develop and test numerical modeling scenarios to evaluate the impact of different managed aquifer recharge scenarios on surface water and groundwater resources in California. The modeling results will be used to inform economic analyses of the direct and indirect costs and benefits of managed aquifer recharge programs within the Central Valley, California. The candidate ideally should have experience with numerical flow codes, a strong background in theoretical or applied groundwater flow and modeling, strong programming skills and a fundamental understanding of stochastic processes and statistical analysis methods.

The position is available immediately and will be an initial 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension pending performance and availability of funding for a second year. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties and responsibilities:

•Work as part of a team of hydrologists to design and test different water management scenarios using integrated surface water – groundwater models.

•Develop water balance and groundwater flow models based on different land use and climate scenarios using downscaled CMIP 5 data.

•Produce high quality scientific and technical output including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, reports, and graphics.

•Support team members in the development of proposals to secure external funding for research.

Required qualifications:

Qualification for this position includes a PhD in hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, water

resources management or related field, with a strong background in the fundamentals of groundwater and surface water flow, water resources management, watershed hydrology, and programming. Experience in integrated surface water – groundwater modeling and numerical flow codes such as IWFM, C2VSim and/or MODFLOW family codes is valued. Strong programming skills (Fortran/C++/Python/Matlab/R preferred) are required. Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals, to meet project deadlines, and to conceptualize and report research findings to sponsors, stakeholders and the scientific community is desired.

Preferred qualifications:

Prior experience with large-scale numerical models and skills in parallel and high performance

computing is desired. Ability to test relevant hypotheses and generate innovative solutions to flow problems and effective communication of modeling results and assumptions are encouraged. Good communication skills (clear written and spoken English) and ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research is preferred. Applicants with U.S. Citizenship and/or current residency in the U.S. are preferred.

Application materials:

Please apply by sending your 1) CV including listings of publications, awards, and relevant laboratory,

field and computer/modeling skills, 2) a copy of your PhD diploma, 3) a cover letter discussing your key modeling and experimental qualifications, research interest and motivations for this position, and

4) names and contact information for three potential references to Dr. Helen Dahlke

(hdahlke@ucdavis.edu). Applications will begin being reviewed on October 1, 2017.

The University of California at Davis is rated as the #1 in the world for teaching and research in both agriculture and forestry and veterinary sciences.

Project Scientist: Russel Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility [UC Davis]

Posted: September 12, 2017

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility (RRSAF) (http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr) is a unique 300-acre living laboratory, part of UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), dedicated to the long-term study of irrigated and dryland agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. We measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability. Sustainability indicators include long-term trends in crop yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency (such as water or energy), soil biodiversity and environmental impacts.

We are searching for a Project Scientist to make significant and creative contributions to research in sustainable agriculture, agroecology and/or soil science, as well as support the efforts of our diverse research team. Responsibilities will include: i) designing and implementing research studies, including utilizing existing long-term data sets; ii) assisting in fund-raising and grant applications, and iii) writing original manuscripts. The Project Scientist, under the supervision of RRSAF Director and in collaboration

with our research team, will engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities will include training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific techniques, as well as some supervision of students. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual, with the appropriate background/experience and creative energy, to interact with our many collaborators and work with minimal supervision.

Candidate should have a PhD Degree in agroecology, soil science, crop science, agricultural sciences, ecology or related field. Experience in conducting research projects, field experimental design, and proposal writing is required. Candidate should have a broad range of skills in techniques/instrumentation used in agricultural research, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills. Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

• A PhD Degree in Agricultural Science, Agroecology, Soil Science, Plant Science, Crop Science, Ecology or appropriate related field.

• Experience in research projects and field experimental design involving agriculture, agroecology, soil science, and/or related subjects.

• Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.

• Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals.

• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Potential to accomplish team-based research and education programs in sustainable agriculture.

• Experience in effectively and productively interacting with multiple researchers and stakeholders.

• Expertise in statistical and graphing programs such as R, Sigmaplot.

• Experience in writing both proposals and research publications (peer-reviewed and broader audience)

• Evidence of collaborative, interpersonnel- and communication- skills.

SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate’s qualifications/experience


TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year (starting ASAP) with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by October 1, 2017. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01843. Candidates need to submit a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of your three most important publications, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree), and names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references.

For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process, please contact metroexec@ucdavis.edu.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after October 1, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Kate Scow via email to kmscow@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Assistant Professor of Climate Change Impacts on Weather Extremes

Posted: September 7, 2017

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Title: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Climate Change Impacts with a preferred emphasis in new weather extremes and climate adaptation. This position is part of a multi‐departmental hire of five new faculty to tackle outstanding problems in climate adaptation. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on the impacts of new weather extremes with potential relevance to climate adaptation. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in climate change and new weather extremes impacts. The appointee will be responsible for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes.These could include severe and unusual weather (ATM 10), weather analysis and prediction (ATM111), climate change (ATM5, ATM116, and ATM245), climate dynamics (ATM241), and/or new courses on topics related to weather extremes and climate adaptation. Participation in departmental and university service is expected.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in atmospheric science, statistics, data science or a field closely related to climate change impacts on weather extremes. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in new weather extremes. Candidates with a willingness to build relationships with relevant State of California and federal agencies is desired.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website:https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. Applications received by October 15, 2017 will receive full consideration. The position is open until filled.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Paul Ullrich (paullrich@ucdavis.edu).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Junior Specialist

Posted: September 5, 2017

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in laboratory and field work within the Dahlke Lab (dahlke.ucdavis.edu).

Under the direction and advisement of the Dr. Helen Dahlke (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Coy McNew (member) the candidate will:

  • be responsible for conducting laboratory and fieldwork as part of a research team in a project that is measuring a suite of soil and hydrologic parameters in the fields and assessing field collected samples and data in laboratory analysis.
  • assist in literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, and technical writing, editing and formatting of graphs and tables that summarize data generated in lab analyses and field studies from different sites within California.
  • assist in carrying out experiments designed by the PI,
  • assist in and independently perform soil sample analysis including soil texture, soil pH, EC and soil nitrate and carbon analysis.
  • assist in and independently deploy and maintain soil temperature, EC, redox potential and moisture sensors in the field.
  • contribute to the development of new technology for experimental use in the field and in the laboratory related to soil and hydrologic research, and
  • participate in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., reports and peer- reviewed journal articles).
  • assist towards the development of conceptual or physical models that simulate and help explain observed flow and transport processes in field and laboratory experiments.
    • Maintaining and organizing the laboratory while adhering to laboratory safety standards
    • Ordering of lab and field supplies
    • Recruiting, training, and effectively managing laboratory interns, student assistants and graduate students
    • Reading primary literature
    • Contributing to grant reporting, including data analysis and writing
    • Assisting PI, postdocs and graduate in field campaigns (e.g., Tulare, Stanislaus, Fresno, Siskiyou, Modoc Counties) that require travel
    • Supporting in the development of scientific products for dissemination (e.g., graphs, tables, reports and peer- reviewed journal articles)
    • Assist with the collection of water samples and soil cores using the Geoprobe push-drill.
    • Deploying environmental sensor technologies, including deploying:
      • Decagon soil moisture, EC and temperature sensors
      • Campbell Scientific data loggers and redox sensors
      • Irrometer tensiometers
      • data loggers and database management and maintenance
    • Train new, incoming staff on laboratory safety standards and prepare laboratory for annual laboratory safety inspection
    • The Specialist will be expected to co-mentor student assistants, interns and graduate students on laboratory work and lab safety. The Specialist will maintain liaison and respond to needs of project co-principal investigators and stakeholders (e.g. the funding agency and collaborating growers). The funding for this project is provided by the California Almond Board which requires frequent reporting, and collaborative discussions about research needs and preliminary findings.

Overall, these responsibilities support lab and field experiments associated with the investigation of the feasibility of agricultural groundwater banking for the improved mechanistic understanding of flow and transport processes in agricultural landscapes in California and across the globe.

Specific Responsibilities include:

Basic qualifications:

  • A positive, self-motivated, attitude
  • Excellent problem-solving and skills to overcome technical challenges
  • Demonstrated experience with technical field methodologies or instruments for data collection
  • Experience in soil laboratory analysis (e.g. soil texture, soil biogeochemistry, soil nitrate)
  • Experience preparing and organizing supplies for laboratory and field research
  • Skills following research sampling protocol to handle and transport samples, and maintain records from sampling events and laboratory analyses
  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Science or a related field with a minimum of 1 years’ experience in soil science, hydrology, and/or hydrogeology related research
  • Experience deploying, managing, and decommissioning environmental sensors from different manufacturers
  • Experience with soil laboratory analysis
  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools (e.g. Strater, Grapher, Surfer, GIS)
  • Programming in R or Python.

Preferred qualifications:

SALARY RANGE:Step I - $18.26 hourly

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by September 15, 2017 (subject to change depending on date of approval on Search plan). Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for 6 months (starting latest October 1, 2017) with the potential for extension to 12 months upon satisfactory progress.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Anna Lee via email to metroexec@ucdavis.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.


Unit 18 Lecturer for HYD 150 - Water Law, Winter 2018

Posted: August 1, 2017

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers a temporary Lecturer position in – Water Law, HYD 150

Principles and issues of California Water Law. Types of water rights, groundwater rights and management, and protection of instream uses. Water projects, role of federal government and federal/state relations. Basic water quality acts, endangered species act, water transfers and current water issues.

APPOINTMENT DATE:Service periods are:

Winter Quarter 2018: January 5, 2018 to March 23, 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teach one upper division course in Water Law, HYD 150.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Criteria for appointment will be evidence of knowledge and experience in the practice of California Water Law, teaching excellence and knowledge/expertise in subject matter of the course content. A J.D. is required. The primary means of evaluating teaching ability and quality will be:

1. Demonstrated practice of California water law and recognition in subject matter.

2. Extent of teaching experience.

3. Student evaluations (where available).

Expertise in subject matter is evaluated based on a candidate’s prior experience, academic training, publications, professional recommendations, and prior teaching (e.g. student ratings). Quality of expertise will be assessed from application material supplied, possible on-site visits, and/or special evaluation services through the TRC. Teaching experience will be evaluated by curriculum vitae and supporting documentation.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Temporary lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions that require professional as well as academic expertise.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY: The following course is available for Winter Quarter 2018

Water Law, HYD 150

The course requires 3 hrs of lecture per week (lectures can be taught in 2 (80 min) or

3 (50 min) sessions per week, with days and time TBD). Student enrollment is by consent of instructor or upper division standing. Typical student enrollment is 50-60 students; students typically have general backgrounds in environmental sciences. Subject areas to include: Principles and issues of California water law including types of water rights, groundwater rights and management, and protection of instream uses; water projects, role of federal government and federal/state relations; and basic water quality acts, endangered species act, water transfers and current water issues.

See http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/HYD/HYDcourses.htmlfor full course description.

APPLICATIONS:

For full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2017 (applications will be considered until an acceptable candidate is found). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, contact information for three references and a statement of teaching proficiency. Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date. Candidates must apply online at http://recruit.ucdavis.edu.

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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