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Postdoctoral Research Associate in GIS – Land, Water, Energy Infrastructures: Waco, TX

Baylor University

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Baylor University
Waco, TX
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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The McManamay lab (https://mcmanamaylab.weebly.com/) at Baylor University is a highly interdisciplinary group, generally studying human-environmental interactions, particularly the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on ecosystems and identifying solutions to balance societal demands with natural resources. Research objectives include quantifying societal dependencies on natural resources through infrastructure mapping, as well as understanding the potential ecosystem stresses and socioeconomic vulnerabilities arising from future infrastructure development, including future land use and land cover change, future water infrastructure development (e.g., dams and reservoirs, water supplies), and future renewable energy development. This includes evaluating subsequent stress to natural resources, such as water and land availability, but also biodiversity loss. To expand this line of inquiry, the McManamay Lab at Baylor University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with experience in geospatial analysis and modeling and a desire to creatively explore using spatial analysis to identify mutually beneficial solutions for meeting societal needs (urban growth, water infrastructures, etc) and maintaining ecosystem integrity. The successful candidate will work with the PI, graduate students, and an interdisciplinary team of scientists and faculty within multiple high-profile projects including the Integrated Multisector Multiscale Modeling (IM3) Program (im3.pnnl.gov), the Integrated Coastal Modeling Project (icom.pnnl.gov), and the Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales Project (COMPASS, compass.pnnl.gov). Model coupling is a critical element of collaborative experiments. Other areas of inquiry within the McManamay lab includes understanding the future impacts and tradeoffs of renewable energies on biodiversity, analysis that inform the development of environmental flows within Texas rivers, and biodiversity discovery using autonomous imaging. Postdoctoral scholars are expected lead technical components of the research, be scholarly productive, as well as co-mentoring graduate students, and collaborating on research proposals. Instructing and developing curriculum is also welcomed if candidates are interested.
Requirements include a degree in a degree in Geography, Natural Resources, Engineering, or other related disciplines. Experience with ESRI (ArcMap) software and open-source programming languages for geospatial analysis is required. Preferred qualifications include experience with Python and R programming environments. Previous research and experience in land use modeling, High-performance computing, and curating programming code and data in repositories is valued. The position is a 1-yr contract with potential for extension and a preferred start date of October 2022. Salary will be competitive and includes benefits. Interested candidates should email Dr. Ryan McManamay (Ryan_McManamay@baylor.edu) by 9/1/2022 with (1) CV, (2) letter or email of intent with research experience and goals for their postdoctoral experience, and (3) contact information for 3 references.
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