Job Title: Postdoctoral Position in Critical Zone Science (Immediate Opening Available)
Kansas State University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar for Critical Zone science at the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research Site. A PhD in relevant areas is required. The successful applicant will be involved in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort intended to provide the groundwork for a possible new Critical Zone Observatory aimed at improving quantitative prediction of the evolution of epi-karst systems in response to climate and land use/land cover change.
Key tasks will involve 1) identifying, compiling and integrating existing datasets relevant to key critical zone processes of the Konza prairie and High Plains aquifer, particularly those related to water; (2) undertaking one or more proof-of-concept style research projects; (3) in collaboration with faculty mentors, refining the questions that will form the focus of an integrated research proposal; (4) identifying new data sets / types that need to be collected; and (5) developing and submitting a research grant proposal. Interest in one or more of the following areas is desirable, although other areas of expertise that complement existing team skills will also be considered.
1. Geochemistry: field or computational aspects of weathering, solute transport, carbon cycling in carbonate and/or shale lithology
2. Hydrology: field and modeling aspects in karst subsurface flow and groundwater-surface water interactions
3. Geomorphology: ability to quantitatively assess the mechanics of hillslope and drainage pattern evolution, and their role on regolith formation/transport/deposition