Job Detail

Organization: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Title: Research Associate or Research Intern
Location: Madison, WI USA

Posted: 2021-05-27
Application Deadline: 2021-06-18

Position Description:

Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey
Deadline to Apply
June 18th, 2021
Please note that this position is being cross-listed a Research Intern position. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Requirements:
• A PhD in hydrogeology, water quality, water resources engineering, geography, or a closely related field of study.
• Degree must be completed and verified prior to the start of employment.
• Training and experience in collecting and manipulating large spatial data sets.
• Training and experience in geographic information system (GIS) applications and data analyses, including spatial statistics.
• Ability to work independently and creatively to draw inferences from large spatial data sets.
Job Duties
We seek a Research Associate to work on the project “Advancing the use of nitrate findings to inform groundwater protection and improvement strategies”. This 14-month project is designed to test the hypothesis that sufficient information and tools exist and are accessible for use by counties to develop and implement targeted strategies to ensure good quality groundwater. The project will focus within Wisconsin’s Central Sands region that comprises portions of Adams, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Waushara, and Wood Counties.
This project offers a unique opportunity for an individual to work and learn at the intersection of groundwater science, water quality, public policy, and outreach at the state and local levels.
The researcher will undertake an extensive information review and synthesis focused primarily on nitrate and on neonicotinoid pesticides in groundwater, beginning with numerous key data sources. The researcher will report to the project co-PIs and will also coordinate with Dr. Kenneth Bradbury, Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) in Madison. Dr. Bradbury will assist and mentor the researcher in gaining access to and navigating the Survey’s data sources, including unpublished and open-file sources. The WGNHS has also agreed to provide the researcher physical workspace in its offices, as allowed under COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. Principal duties include:
Collects data according to established specifications (approximately 50%)
1. Search and download data from public databases and other records
2. Review reports and publications related to groundwater quality in the project area and develop annotated bibliography summarizing findings.
3. Review land-use data, state, county, and local ordinances related to groundwater quality, and zoning ordinances for the project area.
4. Visit state, county, and local land-use officials to understand local groundwater quality issues.
Develop databases and GIS coverages (approximately 30%)
1. Organize data into appropriate databases and data layers
2. Develop and document map-based GIS coverages using Esri GIS software
3. Conduct simple statistical and spatial analyses to understand data patterns and spatial trends
4. Relate groundwater quality conditions and trends to previously mapped or modeled groundwater flow patterns and dynamics.
Reporting (approximately 15 %)
1. Working with the project PIs, prepare, edit, and assemble interim and final reports and document project findings.
2. Attend periodic meetings of a steering committee to report on project progress
Outreach (5%)
1. Work with PIs and outreach committee to plan periodic outreach events related to the project.
2. Participate in outreach activities.
3. Provide updates to the six-county groundwater organization

How to Apply
Submit the following materials to [email protected] by the deadline.
• Submit a cover letter, explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position
• Submit a CV or resume
• Submit the names and contact information for three potential references

Salary (full-time annual)
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Contact Address
Contact Phone
(608) 263-7921
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