Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Data-Driven Water Quality Risk Modeling



Essential Duties:


The Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to work on two projects related to data analysis and modeling of microbial pathogens transmitted from environmental exposures. Exposures focus on transmission of Legionnaires' disease from exposure to building water and development of predictive models for fecal contamination in surface water environments.


Essential Duties:

  • Perform sensor calibration and data collection from water quality sensors and probes, modeling of collected data, and communication of results
  • Perform laboratory analysis of environmental samples including microbial analysis, machine learning and risk analysis
  • Work with large pathogen dataset to develop predictive models of fecal indicator microorganisms for surface water quality monitoring and policy
  • Coordinate with project teams
  • Prepare manuscripts and reports
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a recent PhD (within the past four years).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with sensor calibration
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with analysis of large datasets
  • Interest in risk analysis including Monte Carlo modeling, bootstrapping, jackknife analysis, and probabilistic analysis
  • Interest in environmental sampling and analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Working Environment:

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating; a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distance to perform work.
  • Some field work is required.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and / or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes and respirator.

This is a open-rank position. Please apply at this link here if you are interested: 

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Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering