The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the general areas of soil hydrology, soil physics, and soil mechanics to support currently funded projects. Current project efforts are focused on developing systematic relations among landform type, soil physical properties, surface condition, and vegetative cover that can provide realistic prediction or estimation of basic soil properties, especially soil strength, soil moisture, and soil dust emission in both the soil surface and soil sub-surface.
We seek scientists with knowledge, experience, or interest in two or more of the following technical areas:
Design, operation, and data analysis of field- and laboratory-based systems for monitoring soil mass-energy balance (e.g. soil moisture, temperature, dielectric, weather parameters; operation/programming of data loggers, processing of collected data).
Development and/or operation of field and laboratory experiments to measure parameters effecting soil strength and soil mechanics (e.g. cone penetrometer, soil moisture meters/probes, soil density gauge, use of tension infiltrometers, related methods to measure soil hydrologic parameters).
Analytical operations in a soil laboratory, including a wide range of soil physical (e.g. laser-optical particle-size determination, bulk density, sieving), chemical analysis (e.g. soluble extracts, pH, mineral extractions, XRF), and hydrologic (e.g. moisture release curves, calibration of soil moisture probes, moisture-based thermal parameters). Ability to learn methods of data QA/WC and related data analysis and preparation or reports is essential.
Numerical modeling of soil hydrologic and physical properties using existing software (e.g., Hydrus, Rosetta, SHAW, SSiB).
Analytical field- and laboratory operations to characterize the propagation of electromagnetic wave propagation and thermal heat transfer in soil systems (e.g. GPR, ground conductivity meter, FLIR).
Analysis of soil thermal properties.
Ability to assist with conversion of field, laboratory, and field monitoring data into tables and figures for reports and publications (e.g. Excel, SigmaPlot, SigmaStat, SYSTAT).
Ability to work with programming languages as R, Python, and MatLab.
Knowledge of soil classification systems (NRCS, FAO, etc.), soil-landform relations, soil profile characterization, and soil-forming processes.
Ph.D. in soil science, geophysics, hydrology, geoscience, or related fields in engineering (e.g., geologic, environmental) from an accredited institution.
Experience in two of more of the research areas of Soil Science, Soil Physics, or Soil Mechanics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Evidence of the ability to participate in collaborative, team-based oriented research.
Self-starter who can take direction but does not require it.
Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines.
Well-established knowledge of soil and hydrological processes related to assessment of soil condition from local to regional scales
Ability to design, set up, and run novel field and laboratory experiments in support of above research areas
Excellent communication skills and ability to develop oral/poster presentations and write peer reviewed papers with limited supervision
Ability to participate in the development of research proposals
Strong quantitative and modeling skills
Strong interest in developing research proposals for extramural funding
Conditions of Employment
Due to security requirements associated with accessing essential project sites and information, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States.
Must be able to work extended hours in the field (often in remote locations) and travel as required
Must be able to hand carry field equipment (up to 40 lbs) and collected samples across variable terrain. Conduct field data collects including use of shovels, picks, augers, and technical equipment to measure soil properties related to morphology, strength, and moisture, Valid driver’s license and driving record that allows the ability to access U.S. instillations.
The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Additional Salary Information: Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding.
Internal Number: R0121237
About 2215 Raggio Pkwy Reno NV 89512
Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.