Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Institute for Secure Sustainable Environment
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
May 22, 2018
The Papanicolaou Watershed Processes and Sedimentation Group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering with support from the Institute for Secure Sustainable Environment at the University of Tennessee are seeking an outstanding candidate for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Scholar position. The ideal candidate is a highly, self-motivated, individual with a PhD in Civil Engineering or relevant discipline. The candidate should also have a strong desire to examine fundamental natural processes through laboratory studies and field monitoring.
This candidate will work within a dynamic research team under the supervision of Thanos Papanicolaou. The candidate shall perform the following tasks: Project 1: perform aggregate stability analysis in upland erosion processes Outcome: journal paper Project 2: perform biostabilization techniques for bank and bed sediments Outcome: proposal and journal paper Project 3: examine methane and water induced fluidization processes behind dams Outcome: proposal and journal paper
All team members working in the Papanicolaou group are expected to publish in top-tiered journals and present yearly in national and international conferences, so the candidate should present proficient technical, oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Previous members from this group have joined different ranks of academia, federal agencies and the private sector.
The University of Tennessee's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has an ongoing commitment to excellence in scientific research and engineering education. It has recently experienced significant growth in enrollment, faculty, and national prominence. Along with this growth, the new John D. Tickle Building, which was dedicated in October 2013, has 24 laboratories, three conventional classrooms, one large lecture hall, and 63 affiliated faculty and graduate student offices, along with a high-bay area where environmental and geotechnical experiments can be performed. Additionally, the new Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory, run by Prof. Papanicolaou, has two new 50cm x 60cm x 9m water and sediment recirculating research flumes, with ADV, LDV, PIV, and geophone monitoring capabilities, as well as a state-of-the-art conduit flume and an open channel flume for measuring soil strength. The HSL also houses an assortment of field hydrological and sedimentological monitoring equipment including 3 rainfall simulators, a microtopography laser scanner, sedimeters, photo-electric erosion pins, and gamma spectroscopy detectors.
This is a one year position supported from current funding, with a competitive salary that may be renewed for a second year based on performance and funds availability.
Internal Number: 150806
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