Three Postdoctoral Researcher Positions-Purdue University

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:15

We are looking to hire 3 postdoctoral researchers, with appointments from 1.0-2.5 years, to participate in a soil, river sediment, and water vulnerability and impairment research project within the newly created Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment. Initial appointments are for 1 year with potential for renewal upon review. Purdue University’s Center for the Environment and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in Arequipa, Peru will, over the course of this multi-year, multi-disciplinary partnership, investigate key environmental, land use, agroeconomic, and social challenges limiting the development of adaptive, profitable, and sustainable food-energy-water systems in the Arequipa Region of Peru. 

The three successful candidates, who will be part of a cohort of 13 new postdoctoral researchers hired within the Nexus Institute in 2018, will investigate the interacting controls of agricultural and mineral ore extractive land on the erosion, contamination, and health of soil and water supporting the agricultural activities of grazed and cultivated lands of the Arequipa Region of Peru. 

The Purdue labs dedicated to this research maintain the analytical instruments and necessary preparatory labs needed for this project and include capabilities for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, soil and water nutrient analysis, ICP-MS, LC-MS, powder X-ray diffraction, laser Raman, ion chromatography, thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, and light gas stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry.  Stable isotope measurements will be performed at the Purdue Stable Isotope Laboratory which includes a variety of electron impact/magnetic sector and laser based isotope systems with peripherals for flash combustion (13C,15N, D), pyrolysis (18O, D), compound specific stable isotope analysis (13C, 15N, D), trace gas (15N2O, 13CO2) analysis, and dissolved organic and inorganic 13C analysis. Successful candidates will also have opportunities to utilize and develop spatial geochemical visualization and mapping tools like Purdue’s Soilexplorer platform for the Arequipa region.

Candidates for this position should have recently completed their PhD, or should expect to complete their degree requirements by the negotiated start date, in either soil science, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, soil ecology, agriculture, terrestrial ecosystem science, or environmental engineering.  Scientific or technical fields providing training in environmentally-related remote and ground-based sensing, as well as data visualization and mapping of soil and landscape properties are also desired.  Candidates interested in this position should have a record of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment geared toward investigating problems related to environmental sustainability. Past participation in international research projects and Spanish language skills are highly desirable. While the postdoctoral positions are based at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA the successful candidates will be expected to engage in field and laboratory work in Peru, primarily in the Arequipa region, for extended, multi-week periods of time.


Applicants should supply (a) a curriculum vitae (b) a statement of research interests and goals (maximum 2 pages) and (c) e-mail address of three references to: Timothy Filley -   Application review will begin immediately with appointments beginning as early as April 2018.

Arequipa Nexus Institute 

Center for the Environment 





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