Requesting applications for a PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary project entitled "Sustainable Community Oriented Stormwater Management (S-COSM): A Sensible Strategy for the Chesapeake Bay" sponsored by the EPA-STAR program. Outstanding M.S. candidates may also be considered. Research will focus on identifying water pollution in spatially variable urban environments and the development of a diagnostic decision support system to better prescribe effective management. Work will involve using process-based biodynamic hydrologic models to evaluate responses of urban areas to environmental stressors, but also integrate social, economic, and human health data collected by other project participants into the decision support system. The successful applicant will need a desire to consider their specific research within the broader framework of social and environmental sustainability, and clearly demonstrate interdisciplinary skills. The student will be based in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, but work closely with Co-PIs in Departments of Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, and the School of Public Health. Applicants will also work closely with community partners given a strong community-based participatory research component to this project.
Applicants must have a M.S. in hydrology, engineering, computer modeling or relevant field. Requirements also include: a) demonstrated experience using SWAT and SUSTAIN tools of the EPA BASINS framework; b) demonstrated superior written (e.g., publications) and oral (e.g., presentations) communication skills; and c) demonstrated ability to be a committed team player. A start date of Spring, 2013 is the target. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please send the following to the email address below: (1) Curriculum Vitae, (2) statement of research interests (1 pg), and (3) names and contact information of two references familiar with your research abilities. These application materials should be sent and addressed to Dr. Paul Leisnham (Leisnham@umd.edu) in the Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland. Paul Leisnham will be attending the upcoming Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Or, and will be available to talk about the position with potential applicants.
Paul Leisnham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Health
University of Maryland
Department of Environmental Science & Technology
1443 Animal Sciences (Bldg 142)
College Park, Maryland 20742-2315
301.405.8569 TEL 301.314.9023 FAX