Water Resources Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment - School of Law
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4801685
Water Resources Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment - School of Law
Position overviewPosition title: Water Resources Postdoctoral Scholar Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t23.pdf. The current minimum salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: January 1 , 2024
Position duration: Two-year term position
Application Window Open date: November 17, 2023
Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Wednesday, Jan 3, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Wheeler Water Institute at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Scholar focused on developing pathways for broader implementation of policies, activities, and projects leading to enhanced groundwater recharge.
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation. Building on UC Berkeley's history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE's research priorities include combating climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and sustaining healthy oceans, among other pressing environmental and energy challenges.
The successful candidate for this position will be based at CLEE, and will be jointly mentored by Professor Dan Farber and an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Michael Kiparsky (CLEE),Prof. Andrew Fisher (UCSC), and Prof. Helen Dahlke (UCD). They will also work closely with, and receive mentorship from, distinguished colleagues and collaborators from UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Law San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The Water Resources Postdoctoral Scholar will focus on an effort to develop tools and guidance for broader national implementation of Managed Aquifer Recharge. This position will revolve around interdisciplinary research and problem solving, including devising and creating primary research on geochemical and physical elements of MAR, and situating it within its institutional and economic context. The successful candidate will analyze existing literature to identify research gaps, and conduct a hybrid of applied research, literature review and synthesis to fill key needs, grounded in engagement with practitioners to ensure the relevance of their contributions to the literature. The scholar will also have the opportunity to present their work in various contexts, including journal articles and contributions to an interdisciplinary synthesis paper with national reach. The scholar will have opportunities to highlight their collaborative work with outreach and engagement, publishing, communication, and dissemination of information. A primary goal of the project will be to produce a roadmap that integrates physical and geochemical considerations for MAR with legal, institutional, and economic ones.
Additional projects will depend on the scholar's research interests, as they apply to other projects of team leads. An overarching emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, including engagement with agency personnel, regulators, scientists and engineers, will be central. This position is in Berkeley, but can be located remotely with willingness to travel to Berkeley as needed. When health and safety permit, the candidate must be willing to travel occasionally around California or the country.
Primary Responsibilities: Conducting research on water resource issues and solutions, with a focus on technical and physical pathways for implementing groundwater recharge at scale, under the direction of and in collaboration with CLEE team members, affiliates, and other experts in relevant fields. Under the mentorship of faculty, researching, writing, and publishing in peer reviewed journals and technical reports. Other audiences may include water practitioners and policy-makers; Literature research to understand and synthesize scientific, technical, and operational information about existing and emerging groundwater recharge programs; Direct engagement with key decision makers to vet, review, understand, and synthesize information about existing and emerging groundwater recharge programs; Supporting and collaborating with a multi-institution, interdisciplinary team; Interdisciplinary collaboration on complex issues at the intersection of emerging science and policy; Speaking at national conferences and workshops about research initiatives; Assisting with other aspects of research production as assigned; and When health and safety permits, regular travel in California, and occasional travel to other states, will be required for this position.
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.
No more than three years of post-degree research experience.
Preferred qualifications A PhD degree or equivalent degree in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, environmental engineering, or related technical field with a strong quantitative focus. Background in water policy, water operations, hydrology or other water-related science, economics and/or finance Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills Demonstrated publication record or articles currently under review Creativity, independence, and the capacity for intellectual leadership Interest in multi-disciplinary research to influence policy and technology development Knowledge of groundwater recharge systems Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, policy, economics, and/or climate change Strong skills in at least one programming language (e.g., R, C/C++, Python, Java) and/or geographic information systems Applied experience with water infrastructure design and/or operation Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives Excellent organizational and communication skills Self-starter able to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
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