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Postdoctoral Fellow, Transport in Porous Media and Biological Systems

Company: Desert Research Institute
Location: Reno
Posted on: March 16, 2019

Job Description:

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Desert Research Institute. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application: Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process. Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments. Please see the application instructions under each posting for information on submittal deadlines. If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, contact Human Resources Hotline at (775) 673-7431 or recruitdri.edu. Job Description The Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship to participate in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct research aimed at understanding fundamental motion properties of motile microbes and upscale experimentally observed motion behavior to develop improved predictive models for bacterial transport and their role in metal bioremediation. The experimental part of the project will be conducted at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL; www.emsl.pnl.gov), located at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL). A Project team, consisting of DRI and EMSL scientists, will use microfluidic devices and advanced imaging techniques to conduct experiments with motile bacteria. Data obtained from micromodel experiments will be used to generalize and upscale bacterial transport to a broader range of pore geometries and flow conditions. The results will be used to parameterize effective transport and retention properties for field-scale models of bacterial transport and bioremediation. This multidisciplinary position links ongoing research programs at DRI in biogeochemical and hydrologic sciences. The Fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with hydrogeologists, hydrogeochemists, microbiologists, and numerical modelers developing flow and transport models as part of investigations in complex natural systems often coupled with unique contamination issues. Required Qualifications Ph.D. in engineering, biophysical sciences, environmental sciences, hydrology, or other related discipline from an accredited institution Background in either theoretical or applied modeling of transport processes in natural systems Strong programming skills (MATLAB/C++/FORTRAN/Python preferred) Evidence of the ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at conferences, and in the scientific literature (clear written and spoken English) Preferred Qualifications Background in upscaling techniques and stochastic processes Laboratory experience with microscopy, microfabrication, or microbial cultures Experience with particle tracking methods and reactive transport modeling Ability to conceptualize and develop research proposals Organizational Summary Since 1959, DRI has been at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting the preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. Research at DRI calls upon the expertise and methods of multiple scientific disciplines. At DRI, more than 400 highly skilled scientists, engineers, technicians, and students are collaboratively focused on answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, the sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more. DRI's research personnel are untenured, entrepreneurial, and responsible for their own salaries from individual and collaborative external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high-quality environmental science in a business-like fashion. Compensation/Benefits Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of two years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in program development and reporting. Given satisfactory performance, and proven ability to generate research funding, this position has the potential to evolve into a regular research faculty position. This position is eligible for benefits and relocation; see Postdoctoral Fellow benefits summary for an overview: http://www.dri.edu/careers/employee-benefits. Exempt Yes Full-Time Equivalent 100.0% Required Attachment(s) Please upload the following documents in the specified section: A cover letter detailing your research experience, career goals, project interests, and potential ties to DRI faculty and research programs A current curriculum vitae Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission To ensure full consideration, application packages should be received by April 4, 2019. Applicants can also apply after this date as the posting will stay open until filled. For more detailed information about DRI, please visit us at www.dri.edu . For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548. Posting Close Date Note to Applicant Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials. References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant notification and permission. Newly hired faculty and postdoctoral fellows must assure that their official transcript is submitted to the Human Resources Office within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment. Academic degrees must have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions. This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire. As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks. DRI employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. DRI only sponsors aliens applying for research faculty or postdoctoral fellow positions (J-1 or H-1B Visas). All applicants hired by the Desert Research Institute are subject to E-Verify.

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