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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Work Type: Staff Full Time (1500 hours or greater)
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: University Staff
Department: Geology - 208130
Pay Grade: A - Exempt
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Position Summary:

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position to study landslide and glacier based geohazards in High Mountain Asia. This region encompasses one of the world’s greatest watersheds, but it is also a highly active tectonic zone where big and fatal landslides triggered by earthquakes or monsoon rains often block rivers and cause downstream outburst flooding. Additionally, these rivers receive meltwater from the glaciers, which are retreating rapidly and producing abundant meltwater and creating large proglacial and supraglacial lakes. The lakes are commonly bounded by steep topography and unstable ice-cored moraine. Lake containment failures can lead to the sudden discharge of huge volumes of water and debris, which could severely impact downstream infrastructure and cause long-term
secondary environmental degradation. A successful candidate is expected to study and model the dynamics of these high mountain glacial and hydrology based hazards using remote sensing datasets (optical/radar/ICESat) and develop tools for integrating remote sensing data and model outputs. This position provides an opportunity to grow your skillset and also allows you to bring new skills and unique methods to study the impact of climate change on this region. Expertise in machine learning techniques and coding experience is not required but strongly preferred.

The appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress. The position is eligible for benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. - ABD by time of application in Earth or Environmental sciences/Engineering
(e.g., geology, geography, geosciences, glaciology, civil engineering)
Strong technical skills, particularly in the programming, machine learning, and handling big

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

- Ability to use at least some combination of these software/modeling tools (e.g., Google
Earth Engine, HEC-RAS, FlowR, RAMMS, GeoClaw, COSI-Corr, SfM) and
Python/Matlab/R programming for data analysis.
- Experience collecting UAV data, and working in structure from motion workflow.
- Field experience in the high altitude mountainous environment.
- Ability to think creatively and work independently as well as in a team.
- Articulated interest in and flexibility necessary to respond quickly to time-sensitive
research project requirements.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- Record of publication in a high-impact top-tier journal.
- Interest in collaborating with and mentoring students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Closing Statement:

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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