Urban water sustainability

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral researcher
Job Institution: 
Rice University
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral researcher position in urban water systems modeling

Rice University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position under the joint supervision of Drs. Qilin Li and Lauren Stadler. The postdoctoral researcher will work on an international collaboration project supported by NSF and the City of Houston to develop quantitative models and associated databases to 1) characterize and evaluate urban water infrastructure systems of different design/configurations, 2) assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of fit-for-purpose treatment and reuse strategies, and 3) enable data-supported decision-making tools for design and operation of integrated urban water systems.  The research project will use the City of Houston and a similar sized city in China as case studies to perform analyses that guide the development of future urban water management strategies and decision-making tools. The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with the City of Houston and international collaborators in China. International travel will be involved.

We seek candidates with experience in a) urban water system hydrological modeling; b) life cycle analyses; and/or c) theoretical and computational probabilistic methods in infrastructure engineering to work on this highly collaborative, interdisciplinary project. Applicants should have a doctorate in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or a related field of study, and a well-established academic record. The ideal candidate also has excellent oral and written communication skills, and is capable of working with a highly interdisciplinary team.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  The position is available as early as September 1, 2017, for duration of one year, and is renewable depending on satisfactory progress and funding availability. 

Interested individuals should submit a single pdf file that includes a cover letter that describes the applicant’s research and career goals, a CV, copies of two relevant publications, and contact information for three references electronically to: lauren.stadler@rice.edu. Questions may be directed to Dr. Qilin Li (qilin.li@rice.edu) or Dr. Lauren Stadler (lauren.stadler@rice.edu).