U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC)
Soil & Sediment Geochemistry Team
Post-doctoral Fellowship Notice
Post-doctoral opportunity available working with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory, Soil & Sediment Geochemistry Team in environmental soil/geochemical processes.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center helps solve our nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good.
DUTIES: You will gain experience in a variety of environmental research activities including, but not limited to, chemical, mineralogical, and physical characterization of soil and water, fate and transport of newly emerging organic and inorganic contaminants of concern, and data input and analytics You will receive mentoring from federal research scientists and assist in meeting research obligations with the opportunity to generate research proposals, publications, and/or technical reports. Some travel for research expeditions and/or meetings and conferences is likely. The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record, demonstrate an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and have a working knowledge of the USDA NRCS Soil Taxonomy classification system. Additionally, a background in geospatial/multivariate statistical methods is desirable. Position is temporary and up to 3 years.
Projects include life cycle considerations for new materials, soil contamination issues, physical and chemical characterization, soil inorganic and organic contamination (i.e. arsenic, mercury, pesticides, explosives), and soil processes in extreme environments. Project specifics include: (1) Identifying and quantifying changes in geochemical properties, and corresponding vis-NIR and mid-IR spectroscopic responses based on soil pedomorphological type, (2) utilizing a multidisciplinary approach (geochemical, geospatial, microbial, soil morphology, chemometrics, pedometrics) and cutting-edge analytical capabilities to develop theoretical and empirical approaches for describing soil processes, and (3) parameterizing the environmental fate and transport of newly developed munitions in soil.
REQUIREMENTS: PhD in Soil Chemistry, Soil Science, Geochemistry, or related fields. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
POC: Dr. Josh LeMonte, Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org