The Watershed Sustainability Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa (USF) is seeking one postdoctoral researcher to work on an project titled "Coupling lake, watershed, and estuarine models to better understand the role of engineered freshwater discharges in driving the severity, location, and timing of harmful algal blooms." This project is a collaboration with University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions and funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The overarching goal of the project is to develop data- and model-driven guidance for Lake Okeechobee releases and Caloosahatchee River watershed management based on an improved understanding of the interactive effects of engineered discharges, watershed flow and nutrient deliveries, phytoplankton community dynamics, and river/near-shore hydrodynamics. The successful applicant will be expected to integrate hydrodynamic-water quality simulation models with optimization tools, in order to forecast water flows and pollution loads from Lake Okeechobee. The postdoc will work closely with collaborators at USF and UF, will assist in project management, mentor a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, and support submission of new funding proposals.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering, agricultural engineering, water resources, ecology or a related field; have a record of high impact peer-reviewed journal publications; prior experience with designing and implementing hydrodynamic-water quality modeling, mathematical programming and optimization algorithms, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must electronically submit the application packet as one PDF file to the following website: https://www.usf.edu/work-at-usf/careers/index.aspx (Applicants search Job Opening ID# 28741). The packet must contain a cover letter, CV, a list of representative journal publications, and the names of three references. The cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Mauricio Arias, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, Florida, 33620.
The University of South Florida is the fastest growing university in the USA. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. USF is one of eight universities awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) to institutionalize inclusive excellence initiatives within graduate education. The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The initial appointment will be for one year and may be extended for up to two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.