Post Doc position in coastal engineering/geology at UC-Santa Cruz in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy for Gulf of Mexico project- Please distribute widely
The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, invites applications for the position for reducing risks due to coastal hazards and sea-level rise in the Gulf of Mexico. The successful applicant will develop and run model simulations for coastal habitat hazard mitigation scenarios. They will assemble and synthesize hydrodynamic and geologic data sets (both field- and model-based) for inclusion in an integrated spatial prioritization of sites where ecosystem-based approaches are both feasible and provide maximum benefits to adjacent human communities. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be responsible for identifying and evaluating models helpful for understanding and predicting how habitat parameters influence hazard mitigation and climate adaptation. There will be opportunities to contribute towards similar approaches in tropical environments for coral reefs and mangroves systems.
RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar (1 position available) of Postdoctoral Scholar. This position is part of an interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding where natural solutions such as marsh and oyster reef restoration are practical alternatives to hard engineering structures
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, $50k to $60k
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or equivalent in coastal engineering, nearshore oceanography, geology, or civil engineering (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the research opportunity may be considered); the ability to work well independently and as part of a team; and strong communication and interpersonal skills.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge or experience with respect to some or all of the following will be advantageous:
• Numerical hydrodynamic and morphologic modeling (wave run-up, flood and storm-surge inundation, coastal erosion and sediment dynamics)
• Extreme sea level and wave analysis;
• Coastal protection design and engineering;
• Coastal geomorphology; and
• Climate change.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: One year, with the possibility of extension contingent on availability of funding and positive performance review. For appointments within the University of California, the total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including Postdoctoral service at other institutions.
POSITION AVAILABLE: Start date mid-November 2012.
TO APPLY: Electronic submissions are preferred. Applicants should send: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) a one-page statement of research interests, and 3) contact information for three references* to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive email verification that your electronic submission has been received; please inquire if you do not receive verification. Please always refer to position PS-IMSTNC.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm
Alternatively, mail submissions may be sent to: Dr. Michael W. Beck
Institute of Marine Sciences
100 Shaffer Road, LML
University of California at Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA
CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.