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Applied Limnologist

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RESEARCHER 7 (PhD required)
Job Opening 325677

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks a full-time researcher (professional staff) specializing in Applied Limnology with an emphasis on freshwater quality issues in the Upper Great Lakes region of the U.S. Research at NRRI is focused on our mission of delivering research solutions to pressing problems associated with the sustainable use and development of Minnesota’s natural resources, balancing the environment, resources and economy for the benefit of communities. Projects are likely to include, but are not restricted to, a mixture of basic and applied approaches to finding cost-effective solutions to the region’s most pressing water resource issues. The program may involve the development of predictive tools and/or technologies to improve decision-making by lake, stream, wetland, and watershed managers; field and laboratory experimentation; environmental impact analyses; monitoring and assessment programs, and will include cross-Institute collaboration to develop water quality enhancement technologies associated with mining, logging, biomaterials and other resource-based industries. Environmental issues will include, but are not limited to, eutrophication and HABs; nutrient cycling; contaminant fate and transport; food web alterations, manipulation, and/or contamination; climate change resiliency; urban/agricultural/mining-related point and non-point source pollution; protection and/or restoration of pristine and degraded waters, and multi-stressor/response relationships in inland waters and the nearshore waters of the Upper Laurentian Great Lakes. We seek an applied limnologist with a broad set of skills who can collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary groups of Institute, agency, industry and academic scientists; engineers; social scientists; and environmental educators.

NRRI’s mission ( ) is to deliver research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities. The successful candidate will join a strong water resource research group at NRRI that integrates its work across the Institute. The researcher will also engage a diverse community of aquatic scientists, engineers, and outreach educators at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Twin Cities campuses, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the U.S. EPA Mid-continent Ecology Division Research Laboratory, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Minnesota Sea Grant, other State, Tribal, and Federal agency scientists, NGOs, and both agency and private sector natural resource managers in the region.

The candidate will be expected to develop his/her own externally-funded research program within the framework of the NRRI mission and strategic goals . Responsibilities include publication and grant writing; management of a State-Certified Water Quality Laboratory; field, lab and data analysis; interaction with business, industry, natural resource-related agencies and the general public; and supervision of technical staff working on a variety of projects. Immediate responsibilities will include: overseeing current stream and lake monitoring assessment contracts; participating in local and regional technical committee work and initiatives; writing articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals; and participating in cross-Institute research initiatives. There may be opportunities for the successful candidate to participate in one or more graduate faculty programs (e.g. Integrated Biosciences [IBS] and Water Resources Science [WRS]), teach, and arrange symposia and workshops. This position is advertised as an open rank position; both early and mid-career candidates will be considered, in particular, those with administrative and leadership experience. Depending on the availability of research funds, the position will be funded from 40-100% through annual, renewable appointments. The position offers a competitive salary with a full benefit package. Salary is negotiable commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. PhD in the biological or earth sciences with emphasis in limnology, aquatic chemistry, water resource engineering or related field from a regionally-accredited college or university;
2. At least two years post-PhD experience in: limnology or closely-related field involving field sampling, laboratory sample analyses, data analyses, experimental design with experience
addressing water quality, water processing technologies, nutrient cycling and / or contaminant issues;
3. Record of scientific achievement as indicated by a publication record and extramural funding commensurate with time since PhD; OR a publication record of technical reports, patents or equivalent publications relevant to industry or government.
4. Experience working as part of a team conducting multidisciplinary research, collaboration and delivery in the fields of environmental engineering, geology, physics, hydrology, aquatic ecology,
limnology and/or social science;
5. Experience writing grant proposals, obtaining research grants, and managing projects and their budgets;
6. Experience working effectively with one or more of state, federal, tribal, industry and private organizations; experience developing collaborations and partnerships with other scientists (e.g.
from academia, governmental agencies, NGOs, industry, and the private sector);
7. Excellent written proficiency and communication skills in the English language as demonstrated by manuscript and report writing.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Supervisory experience, including experience advising (e.g. supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or technicians and support staff);
2. Demonstrated record of excellence in leadership, both by position and by influence, in the definition and leadership of research initiatives.
3. Evidence of application of advanced analytical technologies and concepts for solving environmental problems;
4. Experience with large-scale water quality monitoring and environmental impact assessments;
5. Experience related to engaging with and investigating and delivering potential solutions to industries whose activities and practices impact water resources; ;
6.Demonstrated skills with data management (database design, web technologies, etc.);
7. Experience with environmental risk assessment, nutrient or contaminant fate and transport modeling, climate change impacts, or acid mine drainage;
8. Demonstrated experience and interest in developing strong partnerships outside academia with local governmental units, non-governmental organizations, business or industry, and/or extension educators to find long-term solutions to chronic water quality issues;
9. General knowledge of environmental law, regulations and policies;
10. Familiarity with development of Quality Assurance Project Plans; experience implementing strong quality assurance/quality control in both laboratory and field settings;
11. Programming skills and/or multivariate and spatial statistics experience;
12. Demonstrated oral communication skills in the English language;
13. Two or more years of institutional administration or leadership responsibilities (e.g., program leader, departmental administration, other equivalent);
14. Record of scientific achievement as indicated by at least 10 publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature (at least 5 as first author); OR a comparable publication record of technical
reports or equivalent relevant to industry or management / regulatory agencies.