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Postdoctoral Scholar (Hydrologic Modeling with DRAINMOD)

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Job Title:
Postdoctoral Scholar (Hydrologic Modeling with DRAINMOD)


Department:
FAES | Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University (OSU). The postdoc will lead application and source code improvement for field-scale hydrologic process representation in poorly drained soils using models such as DRAINMOD, HYDRUS, and RZWQM. The primary research focus for this position will be to use and modify the DRAINMOD model for optimizing the design of agricultural drainage, on-site wastewater treatment, and urban stormwater management systems. The selected candidate will work on projects funded by state and federal funding agencies such as the Ohio Sea Grant and the United States Department of Agriculture. This work will be undertaken in partnership with USDA Agricultural Research Service and research collaborators at multiple institutions.

In addition to leading modeling efforts, the postdoc will be expected to disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop new research ideas within the broader context of the projects and develop new research proposals.

This is a term position subject to annual renewals based on availability of funding and performance. The position will be located on the Columbus, Ohio campus. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Vinayak Shedekar, Research Scientist in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. by date of hire with a strong academic background in agricultural engineering, ecological engineering, environmental engineering, soil physics, hydrology, or closely related field
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Experience disseminating research findings through a variety of channels

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of theories of drainage, soil-water dynamics, and hydrologic processes in the soil matrix and at landscape scales
  • Experience using the hydrologic model DRAINMOD or an equivalent simulation model (HYDRUS, RZWQM)
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as FORTRAN, R, MATLAB, and Python

How to apply: Electronically submit a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references via the OSU careers site: /https://hr.osu.edu/careers/ .

Contact information: Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Vinayak Shedekar (shedekar.1@osu.edu ).   


Additional Information:

70% FTE: Conduct core modeling work including data collection, processing, and synthesis; model parameterization, calibration, validation, and evaluation; and evaluation of scenarios. Conduct additional analyses to support the core modeling work (e.g., further assessments based on weather data or soil data).

30% FTE: Prepare research papers and manuscripts for submission, publication, and presentation at conferences or workshops; participate in proposal writing and submission processes.

Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement .

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.


Location:
Agricultural Engineering Building (0298)


Position Type:
Term (Fixed Term)


Scheduled Hours:
40


Shift:
First Shift


Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.  A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.



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