Below we highlight opportunities to partner with or join the Collaboratory.  

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding positions for graduate students, undergraduate interns, and community partners.

Seeking an Intern and Partner Organization for Summer 2020!

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Potential partner organizations:

Partner organizations interested in serving as community partners for Interns are encouraged to contact a member of the Collaboratory leadership team (https://www.water.pitt.edu/people).

Potential interns:

The Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a talented and motivated Pitt undergraduate for a four-month paid summer internship (May-August 2020). The intern will work with a partner organization that interacts with water systems (e.g., NGOs, municipality, agency, community, or other water practitioners), as well as with a faculty mentor that will provide academic guidance. The faculty mentor can be external to the Collaboratory leadership team and should have the scientific expertise needed to guide the intern through this project. The intern will receive a $5,000 stipend and a $500 research budget. Applications are encouraged from across the University of Pittsburgh campus, regardless of major, school or departmental affiliation. You can find out more about the Collaboratory here: https://www.water.pitt.edu/. Applicants are encouraged to meet with a member of the Collaboratory leadership team to discuss proposal ideas and identify potential partner organizations and faculty mentors.

Applicants should submit an application package that includes: (a) A short research proposal (as described below); (b) A cover letter that describes their interest in the position and includes three references; (c) College transcript(s), (d) A letter of commitment from the partner organization, (e) A letter of commitment from an academic mentor. Applications should be emailed as a single pdf to Cindy Niznik (niznik@pitt.edu) by 03/02/20.

Research proposals, not to exceed two pages in length, should address locally and/or regionally relevant water issues including but not limited to water quality, quantity, and the impact of water on local ecosystems, human health, or social equity. The proposal should describe the importance of the research question, the method through which it will be addressed, a timeline including intermediate benchmarks, and anticipated outcomes.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their proposal and application materials, and will be informed by 03/20/20 regarding acceptance of their application. The selected applicant, academic mentor, and partner organization will coordinate a meeting with representatives of the Water Collaboratory during April 2020 to discuss the internship scope, goals, schedule, and deliverables. The expected deliverables, including a written report and a presentation, should be completed by the end of August 2020.

This internship is a great opportunity to “get your feet wet” with independent research and to influence the critical intersection between water and urban environments. If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Collaboratory leadership team.

Community Partner Grant Opportunity

If you need a financial boost to help grow or create a service project, PittServes is currently accepting grant proposals in anticipation of Be a Good Neighbor Day (March 28). Ideal proposals will involve Pitt volunteers, address unmet community needs, feature collaboration between community-based individuals and agencies, and commit to environmental sustainability. Organizations may request between $200-$10,000.

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If you or your organization have an idea for a water related service event, we would be happy to serve as a partner as you prepare the proposal. Please contact us at pittwater@pitt.edu


Assistant Professor in Hydrology & Water Sustainability

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) seeks to expand its expertise related to hydrology and water sustainability and invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor pending budgetary approval.  Given the recent, profound shifts in water balance and those anticipated in the near future, the Department seeks to develop capacity to understand these issues of regional, national and global importance.  We are seeking a geoscientist with expertise in characterizing hydrologic changes (e.g., climatic or human driven shifts) and developing adaptation strategies allowing society to sustainably adjust to these shifts.  Our goal is to hire a colleague who uses a combination of field measurements and observations, modeling and/or remote sensing to better understand water-climate-human interactions.  Specific areas of interest could include, but are not limited to: catchment, surface water, or groundwater hydrology; land-atmosphere interactions; soil hydrology; the interacting roles of climate variability and land use change on hydrologic processes; or physical models of ecohydrologic and hydropedologic processes from the plot to the global scale.

The successful candidate will complement existing research clusters and establish an externally-funded, internationally recognized research program that complements existing strengths in the Department.  The Department hosts the Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach, a group developing research capacity to strategically interact with communities to address complex regional water challenges.  In addition, the University-funded Climate and Global Change Center provides strong opportunities for cutting edge, interdisciplinary climate-water science. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

Review of applicants will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  

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