iUTAH Opportunities

 

iUTAH will have opportunities, resources and project activities available to support the involvement of students, teachers and researchers at all academic levels. Also check out the Related Opportunities page for additional opportunities that are not directly iUTAH related.

 

PhD Research Assistantship

Agent-Based Modeling of a Hydrological-Human-Ecological Water Systems

Utah State University (USU) invites applicants for a PhD-level graduate research assistant position beginning in August 2015. The research assistant will develop an agent-based model to couple hydrological, human, and ecological components of an integrated water system. The assistantship is part of a multi-year, National Science Foundation-funded iUTAH project aimed at understanding water resources sustainability in Utah’s urbanizing Wasatch Front.

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iUTAH Post-Doctoral Positions

Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry of Urban Watersheds

The iUTAH project anticipates hiring 2-4 postdoctoral fellows over the next 9 months to work with hydrologists, ecologists, biogeochemists, climate scientists, social scientists, planners, and engineers.  The successful candidate for this position will work with iUTAH faculty and students at a facility consisting of both a sub-watershed scale urban hydro-observatory and experimental bioretention systems. We are particularly interested in an individual whose research will focus on coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes in urban catchment ecosystems, using modeling, observational, and experimental approaches. It is expected that this postdoctoral research will help to 1) quantify the spatial and temporal patterns in how urbanization impacts water quality and quantity, and 2) assist in the development and evaluation of solutions (green infrastructure) to pressing water quality issues at the mountain to urban transition.

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Ecohydrological/Climatic Aspects of Utah’s Water Systems

The iUTAH project anticipates hiring 2-4 postdoctoral fellows in the coming year.  At least one individual will work with iUTAH hydrologists, ecologists, climate scientists, social scientists, planners, and engineers in Focus Area 1. All applicants must be comfortable working with large real-time datasets to answer ecohydrological questions. In this announcement, we seek postdoctoral applicants to work with faculty on one or more of the following topics:

  • Coupled processes in mountain aquatic/terrestrial ecology
  • Urban eco-hydrology and/or hydro-ecology
  • Ecosystem processes along montane through urban transitions
  • Coupled regional climate and urban climate modeling

The successful candidate will become a post-doctoral associate at either Brigham Young University, Utah State University or University of Utah. Postdoctoral positions are expected to be 2-year appointments. However, the position has an initial appointment of one year, with the option of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.
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Social and Engineered Aspects of Utah’s Urban Water Systems

The iUTAH project anticipates hiring 2-4 postdoctoral fellows in the coming year.  The successful candidate for this position will be a post-doctoral fellow with social and/or engineering science expertise to work with iUTAH social scientists, engineers, planners, hydrologists, and ecologists on our interdisciplinary team. We are interested in hiring an individual who will work with and expand upon existing iUTAH datasets on at least one of three possible themes:

  • Individual, organizational, and institutional drivers of water use and management behaviors
  • Responses of water actors to changes in environmental conditions
  • Impacts of built water infrastructure on urban water budgets and water quality

The successful candidate will become a post-doctoral associate based at either the University of Utah, Utah State University, or Brigham Young University. The position has an initial appointment of one year, with the option of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.

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Modeling coupled human-natural water systems

The iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability) project anticipates hiring 2-4 postdoctoral fellows in the coming year. At least one position will be a post-doctoral fellow with modeling expertise to work with iUTAH hydrologists, ecologists, climate scientists, social scientists, planners, and engineers on our interdisciplinary team.  

  • The primary focus is to lead development of and experimentation with modeling frameworks for investigating human-natural interactions related to the region’s water quality and water supply. iUTAH has hydrologic, ecological, climate, land use, and agent-based models under development, and opportunities for validating their coupling include sophisticated terrestrial and aquatic sensor arrays installed by iUTAH along the region’s mountain and urban environments.
  • As a secondary task, the selected candidate will work with stakeholders and scientists to investigate a suite of scenarios representing future changes in the water system that can be used as a common basis for model evaluations by the interdisciplinary project team, and guide development of frameworks that stakeholders can use to interact with the models and visualize water outcomes.

 

The selected candidate will become a post-doctoral associate at the University of Utah, and will interact with project participants at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and other campuses in Utah. The position has an initial appointment of one year, with the option of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and the availability of funds.

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Research Catalyst Grants call for proposals

Deadline: December 1, 2014

iUTAH Research Catalyst Grants (RCGs) provide opportunities for faculty and students from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions to develop partnerships with faculty at their own or other undergraduate institutions or with Utah’s research universities (USU, U of U, BYU), or with community or professional partners. The purpose of these partnerships is to engage with the research objectives of iUTAH: specifically, maintaining and improving water sustainability in Utah, and to build the capacity of participating institutions to conduct further research in the area of water sustainability. Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn more about iUTAH. Applications are especially welcome from people traditionally under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (women, ethnic minorities).

 

iUTAH Undergraduate Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Opportunities
    Learn more about the undergraduate opportunities available though iUTAH. Includes a Spanish version.

  • Internship Opportunities
    Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and mke connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. It also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

 

 

 

 

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