Postdoctoral Fellow



Job description

Blacksburg, VA

Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate

Posting Number: SR0180212

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Position Summary:

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to assist in a Chesapeake Bay Trust-funded research project. The project will evaluate the impacts of traditional and “low impact development” (LID) stormwater control measures (SCMs) on channel stability. Minebank Run and Tributary 104 to Little Seneca Creek will be modeled using an urban watershed model (SWMM) and a channel evolution model (CONCEPTS), which will be coupled using an existing external control program, RSWMM. The two watersheds represent extremes in development patterns, i.e., nearly no control to extensive implementation of LID controls. Both watersheds have detailed data records sufficient to develop and test coupled models. Study results will compare the impact of traditional and LID practices on channel stability for each watershed and provide insight into the causes and potential solutions to channel degradation resulting from urbanization.

The selected individual will work with Drs. Theresa Thompson and David Sample of Virginia Tech, and Dr. Andy Miller of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The selected individual will lead model development and programming efforts, and will also participate in field data collection.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in agricultural, biological, or biological systems engineering, civil/environmental engineering, hydrology or related field completed by the position start date.
  • Experience with hydrologic modeling and geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, water quality, sediment transport.
  • Strong computer programming abilities, preferably R, Python, and/or Matlab.
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the SWMM and CONCEPTS.
  • Field experience with best management practices (BMPs), water quality and/or stream/river assessments. The ability to independently traverse rough, densely vegetated terrain will be needed.
  • Experience with model sensitivity, uncertainty analyses, and optimization.
  • Drivers license in any state and the ability to obtain a drivers license in Virginia within 30 days of appointment. Driving record will be assessed prior to hire.

Must have a conviction check: Yes

How to Apply for this Job:

Please visit, posting SR0180212 to apply for this position.

Employee Category: Research Faculty

Appointment Type: Restricted

FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year

Percent Employment: Full-time

Department: Biological Systems Engineering

Location: Blacksburg

Location Zip Code: 24061

Review Begin Date: 12/17/2018

Restricted to university employees only? No

How to apply

Apply online

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