water quality, sanitation, and environmental health

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Job Institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Job Description

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst in the field of water quality, sanitation, and environmental health.

Job Description

The Butler and Kumpel Labs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invite applications for a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the field of water quality, sanitation, and environmental health. The Post Doctoral Research Associate will work on an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded Navigating the New Arctic project focused on bridging Indigenous Knowledge and science to develop community resilience to future water cycles, river systems, and coastal change. We seek candidates who have knowledge of community-engaged research, small water and wastewater systems, and/or Arctic communities. The project will involve working with community staff in two Alaskan communities to co-develop and carry out a science plan that addresses local priorities for research and joins Indigenous Knowledge of the landscape change with western science methods. The goal is to forecast the rates of landscape change and their impacts on the community to inform our partner communities’ planning for future water/sanitation and other infrastructure and provide a predictive framework for similar communities over the coming decades. Specifically, the Post Doctoral Research Associate will contribute to a household survey to measure the costs households incur to cope with irregular water supply and assess preferences related to water and sanitation services, collect samples of water and wastewater for analysis, and model the health and financial impacts of water and sanitation infrastructure changes. The Post Doctoral Research Associate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, geoscientists, Indigenous Knowledge-holders, educators, environmental scientists, and economists.
The position is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is in collaboration with Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of South Carolina, and community partners in Alaska. The Post Doctoral Research Associate will be co-advised by Dr. Caitlyn Butler and Dr. Emily Kumpel. There may be opportunities to contribute to other projects in the Butler and Kumpel labs.
Engage in co-developed, community-engaged research.
Contribute to data collection through a household survey of water and sanitation costs and preferences.
Co-design sampling and testing plan for evaluation of water and wastewater quality analysis, and provide guidance, training, and direct analysis of samples.
Risk assessment modeling of environmental health impacts of water infrastructure.
Collaborate with students engaged in this project at other institutions (UMass, APU, UAF, USC).
Participate in NNA community events and trainings.
Author scientific publications from research outputs and present at scientific conferences.
PhD in civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, environmental sciences/conservation, public health, or other related field.
Experience conducting independent fieldwork in culturally and environmentally sensitive manners.
Experience working in collaborative, team environments.
Experience with at least two of the following, and a desire to learn new skills: community-engaged research, environmental water sampling, water and wastewater laboratory methods, health risk assessment modeling, co-design of research integrating Indigenous Knowledge and science, community water or wastewater system design and operations, household survey data collection.
Effective oral and written communication.
Additional Information
Applicants with lived experience in Indigenous and/or Arctic communities are highly encouraged to apply.
Target hire date is before 5/1/2023, with flexibility through Summer 2023.
Application Instructions
Please send questions to Emily Kumpel (ekumpel@umass.edu) and Caitlyn Butler (Caitlyn Butler ) and submit applications via: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0qzSlUn1xGUROLx5TNRAW8mizPIj…

About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

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