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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Hampton Roads AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Virginia Tech is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral associate specializing in urban forest hydrology and stormwater modeling. The position is being funded jointly by the City of Virginia Beach and The Nature Conservancy, and will be a joint appointment in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. The postdoctoral researcher will advance stormwater models to assess the role of urban forests in flood reduction. Developed models will be largely based upon the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) and will include refinements and potential integration with other model applications to better represent forest water storage and use in stormwater simulations.

Required Qualifications

- A PhD degree in agricultural or biological systems engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, hydrology, or a closely related discipline awarded no more than 4 years prior to the effective date of appointment.
- A thorough understanding of both forest and urban hydrology, including drivers of evapotranspiration, infiltration, and surface and groundwater flows.
- Expertise in hydrologic modeling software, particularly SWMM.
- Experience in geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial analysis and their use in development of hydrologic models.
- Strong programming in C and/or C++ or similar programming languages
- Experience in conducting field monitoring in support of hydrologic studies and calibration of
hydrologic models.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- Knowledge of the impact of urban development on watershed hydrology and water quality, and stormwater control measures.
- Programming in R, Python, and/or Fortran (recent vintage), remote sensing, and continuous hydrologic monitoring.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

July 15, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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