Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Renewable Energy & Environment

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Temple University (PA, USA) is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in the general area of environmental impacts of renewable energy development.

The successful applicant will investigate sustainable solutions to lower the environmental and economic cost of solar energy development by providing novel analysis methodologies and field data on solar energy – agriculture colocation approaches from multiple sites. The project will evaluate environmental impacts of solar energy development on soil and water resources and explore opportunities to colocate agriculture/range crops with solar infrastructure. This NSF-CAREER funded project will create research, educational and public outreach opportunities related to environmental sustainability by – training graduate and undergraduate students with novel tools and analysis, creating test sites for technology demonstrations of solar energy-agriculture colocation, providing opportunities for public outreach, science communication and teaching (including international), and broadening participation of underrepresented groups. Opportunities will also be provided for collaborating in other ongoing projects and for developing independent projects.

Learn more about our work on colocation of solar energy and agriculture: Ravi et al 2012, 2014, 2016, Choi et al, 2020, 2021, Bertel et al 2021, Towner et al 2021.

The postdoctoral scholar will be advised by Dr. Sujith Ravi (Temple University, PA The postdoctoral position is available immediately. Initial appointment will be for one year with likely renewal pending satisfactory performance. Requirements include a Ph.D. in earth sciences, hydrology/water resources, environmental science, environmental engineering or similar fields, strong organizational, communication and writing skills. Experience or interest in quantitative data analysis (using R or Python), sensor networks, science education/outreach activities is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to proposal writing and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sujith Ravi, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (, with your current CV and sample publications.

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university located in Philadelphia, PA. Temple University is a dynamic urban university with around 40,000 students and provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. Temple is classified as a university with the highest research activity (R1) and is ranked by the National Science Foundation as among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. More information about our department is available at .

For more information contact Sujith Ravi, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (

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