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Postdoctoral Scholar, Economics of Water Resources
University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada
 
 
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Date Posted 04/15/2021
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.

  • Draft applications are saved automatically and can be accessed through your candidate home account. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu .

For UNR Med professional job postings, if you have questions or need assistance regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on research at the intersection of economics, water governance and policy, and basin-scale hydrologic modelling. The successful candidate would join SNOWPACS (Synthesizing Knowledge to Optimize Water Policy for Agriculture under Changing Snowpack), a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project on the impact of changes in mountain snowpack on agricultural production and water allocation institutions in the western United States. SNOWPACS includes scholars from Colorado State University, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Desert Research Institute, University of Connecticut, as well as University of Nevada, Reno. The successful candidate would collaborate on expanding the capabilities of an existing water allocation model developed by project team members from the Desert Research Institute to analyze what adaptation strategies, including modifications to water governance institutions, are likely to be successful in supporting continued agricultural production and vibrant rural economies in snowmelt-fed river basins where the viability of agriculture may be threatened by changes in mountain snowpack.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Michael H. Taylor in the Department of Economics.

The position is full-time calendar year. The position is for one year with anticipated renewal for a second year given satisfactory performance. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be August 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Principal Investigators to conduct proposed research and outreach activities and fulfill grant objectives.

  • Work with collaborators at the Desert Research Institute and Colorado State University to design expanded capabilities of an existing water allocation model of the Walker River Basin in California and Nevada to predict how changes in the quantity and timing of snowmelt will impact water deliveries under existing water-allocation institution.

  • Interpret water allocation model outputs of the Walker River Basin to explore how modifications to water governance institutions can be used to support continued agricultural production given the challenges posed by changing mountain snowpack.

  • Develop economic models to predict how changes in the seasonality of water deliveries influence agricultural producers’ decisions related to irrigation and the purchase and the sale of water rights.

  • Manage and analyze data.

  • Write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publications and present results at academic conferences.

  • There are no formal teaching responsibilities for this position but duties may include managing undergraduate student research assistants.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, and other closely related disciplines will be considered OR a Ph.D. in hydrology, civil engineering, operations research, and other disciplines with research experience working on interdisciplinary research projects and/or with integrated hydro-economic models by time of appointment.

Demonstrated programming skills.

Demonstrated data management and quantitative analysis skills.

Demonstrated strong written communication skills.

Demonstrated strong oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working on interdisciplinary research projects

Experience working with integrated economic/bio-physical models, with a preference for prior experience on integrated hydro-economic models.

Research experience in water economics and water policy.

Research experience focused on water governance institutions in the western United States

Previous professional experience, including coursework, in hydrology.

Compensation Grade

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Schedules

 

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Contact Information for this Position

Michael H. Taylor at taylor@unr.edu  

Exempt

Yes

Full-Time Equivalent

100.0%

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu .

Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Three Letters of Reference

4) A scholarly writing sample that represents your research

This posting is open until filledQualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received

or a hiring decision has been made.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 17th, 2021.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

  

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

  

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

  

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

  

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

    

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.


University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.

  • Draft applications are saved automatically and can be accessed through your candidate home account. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu .

For UNR Med professional job postings, if you have questions or need assistance regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on research at the intersection of economics, water governance and policy, and basin-scale hydrologic modelling. The successful candidate would join SNOWPACS (Synthesizing Knowledge to Optimize Water Policy for Agriculture under Changing Snowpack), a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project on the impact of changes in mountain snowpack on agricultural production and water allocation institutions in the western United States. SNOWPACS includes scholars from Colorado State University, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Desert Research Institute, University of Connecticut, as well as University of Nevada, Reno. The successful candidate would collaborate on expanding the capabilities of an existing water allocation model developed by project team members from the Desert Research Institute to analyze what adaptation strategies, including modifications to water governance institutions, are likely to be successful in supporting continued agricultural production and vibrant rural economies in snowmelt-fed river basins where the viability of agriculture may be threatened by changes in mountain snowpack.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Michael H. Taylor in the Department of Economics.

The position is full-time calendar year. The position is for one year with anticipated renewal for a second year given satisfactory performance. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be August 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Principal Investigators to conduct proposed research and outreach activities and fulfill grant objectives.

  • Work with collaborators at the Desert Research Institute and Colorado State University to design expanded capabilities of an existing water allocation model of the Walker River Basin in California and Nevada to predict how changes in the quantity and timing of snowmelt will impact water deliveries under existing water-allocation institution.

  • Interpret water allocation model outputs of the Walker River Basin to explore how modifications to water governance institutions can be used to support continued agricultural production given the challenges posed by changing mountain snowpack.

  • Develop economic models to predict how changes in the seasonality of water deliveries influence agricultural producers’ decisions related to irrigation and the purchase and the sale of water rights.

  • Manage and analyze data.

  • Write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publications and present results at academic conferences.

  • There are no formal teaching responsibilities for this position but duties may include managing undergraduate student research assistants.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, and other closely related disciplines will be considered OR a Ph.D. in hydrology, civil engineering, operations research, and other disciplines with research experience working on interdisciplinary research projects and/or with integrated hydro-economic models by time of appointment.

Demonstrated programming skills.

Demonstrated data management and quantitative analysis skills.

Demonstrated strong written communication skills.

Demonstrated strong oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working on interdisciplinary research projects

Experience working with integrated economic/bio-physical models, with a preference for prior experience on integrated hydro-economic models.

Research experience in water economics and water policy.

Research experience focused on water governance institutions in the western United States

Previous professional experience, including coursework, in hydrology.

Compensation Grade

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Schedules

 

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Contact Information for this Position

Michael H. Taylor at taylor@unr.edu  

Exempt

Yes

Full-Time Equivalent

100.0%

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu .

Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Three Letters of Reference

4) A scholarly writing sample that represents your research

This posting is open until filledQualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received

or a hiring decision has been made.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 17th, 2021.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

  

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

  

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

  

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

  

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

    

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.


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