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POSTED: 11-18-2020

MS Graduate Research Assistantship starting Summer or Fall 2021:
Innovative Manure Management & Nutrient Recovery Technology

Drs. Joshua Faulkner and Eric Roy at the University of Vermont have an open position for a qualified and motivated MS student to conduct research on innovative dairy manure management and nutrient recovery technologies.  The start date will be Summer or Fall 2021. The student will have the option of pursuing their degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Plant and Soil Science, or Natural Resources.

​Project Overview:  There is a need for innovative and effective manure management tools that recover nutrients, particularly phosphorus, from manures, enabling their export from farms where nutrients are in excess. Such tools could both decrease nutrient loss to aquatic ecosystems and recover valuable resources for beneficial reuse in a more circular economy. This project will assess two innovative dairy manure management practices in Vermont. The first is a manure composting operation that results in a wholesale product. The second is a mobile treatment system that recovers phosphorus from manure and is suitable for a range of farm sizes.   

Responsibilities:  Duties will include collection of manure/compost/other product samples at agricultural field sites, operation and maintenance of monitoring instrumentation, data analyses, and preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts highlighting findings. Lab work may also be required to assess nutrient availability in manure-derived products.

Minimum requirements:
 

  • A bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, soil science, environmental science, or a closely related field

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • The ability to participate in on-farm monitoring projects that require regular travel within Vermont

  • Previous experience related to the above project


To apply: The assistantship includes tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend.  Interested students may apply by sending their resume and a cover letter stating their interest and any previous experience to both Dr. Joshua Faulkner (Joshua.faulkner@uvm.edu) and Dr. Eric Roy (Eric.Roy.1@uvm.edu).  
 
More information:
Dr. Eric Roy’s Nutrient Cycling & Ecological Design Lab: https://nced.weebly.com/
Dr. Joshua Faulkner’s profile page: https://www.uvm.edu/cals/pss/profiles/research-assistant-professor-joshua-faulkner

 

POSTED: 11-18-2020

PhD or MS Graduate Research Assistantship starting Fall 2021:
Agricultural Hydrology, Nutrient Transport, and Treatment Technologies

Drs. Joshua Faulkner and Eric Roy at the University of Vermont have an open position for a qualified and motivated MS or PhD student to conduct research on innovative nutrient (phosphorus) removal technologies and edge-of-field nutrient transport and hydrology.  The start date would coincide with the beginning of the Fall 2021 academic semester, but could possibly begin in Summer 2021 if desired. The student will have the option of pursuing their degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Plant and Soil Science, or Natural Resources.

Project Overview:  Agricultural phosphorus contributions to water quality degradation are a significant concern within the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont and elsewhere.  As part of a larger watershed-scale assessment of agricultural conservation practices for addressing phosphorus loss, this project will evaluate multiple conservation practices at the field-scale.  In addition to in-field practices, this study will specifically evaluate the ‘stacking’ of multiple innovative phosphorus removal technologies at the edge-of-field.  Surface and subsurface water and nutrient runoff will be monitored, and combined performance of conservation practices in series will be determined.  Bench-scale laboratory investigations may be utilized to better elucidate biogeochemistry and phosphorus removal mechanisms.   

​Responsibilities:  Duties will include collection of water and soil samples at agricultural field sites, operation and maintenance of monitoring instrumentation, data analyses, and preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts highlighting findings.  Because nutrient transport is likely during a variety of conditions (e.g., large rainfall events, mid-winter warm periods, spring thaw), fieldwork will occur throughout all four seasons.

Minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in water chemistry, agricultural engineering, civil and environmental engineering, hydrology, soil science, environmental science, or a closely related field

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • The ability to participate in field projects in variable weather conditions (instrumentation installation and upkeep, data collection, etc.)

  • Previous experience related to the above project


To apply: The assistantship includes tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend.  Interested students may apply by sending their resume and a cover letter stating their interest and any previous experience to both Dr. Joshua Faulkner (Joshua.faulkner@uvm.edu) and Dr. Eric Roy (Eric.Roy.1@uvm.edu).  
 
More information:
Dr. Eric Roy’s Nutrient Cycling & Ecological Design Lab: https://nced.weebly.com/
Dr. Joshua Faulkner’s profile page: https://www.uvm.edu/cals/pss/profiles/research-assistant-professor-joshua-faulkner

POSTED: 11-05-2020

Project Manager
Wildlands Engineering

Wildlands Engineering is seeking a dynamic individual to join our growing company in our Charlotte, NC office. We are looking for a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager with a background in stream and wetland design, stormwater management, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, construction document production, construction management, and project management. This position will involve managing and leading projects with complex ecosystem restoration designs through the assessment, design, permitting, construction, and post-construction monitoring phases. Projects may include design of streams, wetlands, and watershed improvements; hydrologic and hydraulic models; watershed planning; and/or new and retrofit stormwater best management practices (BMPs). This is an important position that will be charged with major client management, leading design philosophy, overseeing large project budgets and schedules, and working with contractors on major project implementation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage technical design, budget, and schedule of complex stream and wetland mitigation projects.

  • Interpret ecological site assessments and set design goals.

  • Oversee successful implementation of ecosystem restoration through design, permitting, construction, and post-construction monitoring.

  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with team members, clients, and stakeholders.

  • Meet multiple deadlines with a willingness to react positively to changes in priorities.

Qualifications

  • 8 to 20 years of progressive experience working with the ecologic and hydrologic processes important to ecosystem restoration in the Southeastern United States.

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, geology, environmental science, or a related field is required. A graduate degree in engineering, geology, environmental science, or a related field is preferred.

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) or Engineering Intern (EI) or the ability to obtain NC licensure by reciprocity is preferred.

  • Experience managing large ecosystem restoration projects, storm water projects, or similar projects is preferred.

  • Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D.

  • Experience with hydraulic, hydrologic, and/or watershed modeling.

  • Experience preparing technical reports, construction plans and technical specifications, construction cost estimates, and construction administration.

  • Must have valid driver’s license.

 

Physical Demands

  • Ability to frequently walk over rough, uneven surfaces.

  • Ability to sustain periods of strenuous physical exertion.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Part of the job requirements and the physical demands are performed in outdoor weather conditions with frequent exposure to wet/humid conditions and extreme heat or cold. Other adverse factors may include exposure to ticks and poison ivy.

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.wildlandseng.com/career-opportunities/

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Tenure-Track Engineering Position
Elon University

Elon University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in engineering at the assistant professor level beginning in mid-August 2021. The ideal candidate will support the development of a new environmental engineering concentration within Elon’s existing engineering program, support the establishment of a new environmental engineering laboratory, and pursue an undergraduate environmental engineering/science research program at Elon. Both an undergraduate engineering degree and a PhD in engineering or related discipline are required. Potential for excellence in teaching lower level undergraduate engineering courses is essential, as is integrating undergraduate students into a research agenda, advising and mentoring students, and contributing to the growth of the engineering program. The ideal candidate will be interested in contributing to Elon’s interdisciplinary Core Curriculum program and appropriate interdisciplinary programs and minors; and advance strategic efforts to address inequities and to promote diversity and inclusion in the program.

 

Review will begin on November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Send electronically: letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy, research plans, diversity statement, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of support to Engineering Search Committee, at egr2020search@elon.edu.  Please include your name in the subject line. For questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee at: jsu@elon.edu. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover letter. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at www.elon.edu. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Hydrology of Intermittent Streams (PhD Position)

The Aquatic Intermittency effects on Microbiomes in Streams (AIMS) team is seeking three graduate students to begin Fall 2021 studying the hydrology and hydrogeology of intermittent streams in the Southeastern Forest, Mountain West, and Great Plains ecosystems. The students will generate new understanding of intermittent stream hydrology across the US, and also provide a hydrological basis for understanding biogeochemical and microbial processes. Therefore, an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary research is essential for all positions. 

University of Alabama
Focus: Hydrologic storage and connectivity of headwater streams
Supervisor: Nate Jones (cnjones7@ua.edu)
More info and to apply: ecohydrology.ua.edu

Idaho State University
Focus: Nested spatiotemporal drying patterns and their drivers
Supervisor: Sarah Godsey (godsey@isu.edu)
More info and to apply: https://www.isu.edu/geosciences/graduate/ph.d.-geosciences/

University of Kansas/Kansas Geological Survey
Focus: Groundwater-surface water interactions
Supervisor: Sam Zipper (samzipper@ku.edu)
More info and to apply: https://www.samzipper.com/join/ 

These three students will work closely with each other and also with 8 other project graduate students who will be studying biogeochemistry and microbial ecology (full list of AIMS graduate positions here). All students will take a cross-institutional Team Science and Collaboration course in their first year, receive support for data science instructor training through The Carpentries Foundation, have opportunities to mentor undergraduate research projects, and will work with an amazing team of scientists.

POSTED: 11-03-2020

Graduate studentship: University of South Carolina – Floating Treatment Wetlands

Dr. William Strosnider at the University of South Carolina Baruch Marine Field Laboratory is recruiting a PhD student in applied ecology to start in the summer of 2021.

 

Research will center on advancing the science and engineering of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs). Specific avenues of investigation may include the water quality influences, habitat value, microbial community composition, and plant species suitability of various FTW configurations across nutrient and salinity gradients. The selected candidate will also pioneer the development of a new generation of sustainable FTW designs.

 

The research will include observational, experimental, and modeling components with flexibility for the student to develop their own program of inquiry along a gradient between ecology and engineering (ecological engineering). Year-round support (including health benefits & tuition) will be provided through a mixture of teaching and research assistantships. Experimental and observational work will be based at Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, with the expectation of substantial periods in residence on-site. Interested individuals should contact Dr. William Strosnider via email (bill@baruch.sc.edu) to discuss their background and research interests.

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