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NASA ROSES Coastal Resilience Modelling Postdoctoral Position @ East Carolina University
The Department of Coastal Studies, in the Integrated Coastal Programs, at East Carolina University (ECU) is hiring a post-doctoral scholar with expertise in coastal hydrodynamic modeling and statistics as part of a 3-year NASA ROSES project investigating feedbacks between coastal ecosystems, cyclone activity, and coastal protection benefits in the Caribbean. The successful candidate will develop a modeling
framework to integrate remotely sensed datasets with coastal hydrodynamic models for dynamic assessments of the flood protection benefits of coastal ecosystems. The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. Siddharth Narayan and Dr. David Lagomasino at ECU and will work closely with colleagues at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The appointment is for one year, with the potential for extension for two more years contingent on performance and availability of project funds.

To apply, visit https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/postings/57005. Applicants will need to attach,

  1.  their CV or resume,
  2.  cover letter,
  3. 1 – 2 sample research papers and
  4.  names and contact information of 3 references.

Screening for the position will begin on December 09, 2022 and will continue until the
position is filled.


The primary responsibilities of the postdoc will be to develop a coastal modeling framework that will integrate novel remotely sensed data on meteorological, bathymetry and coastal ecosystems within 2-D and 1-D coastal numerical models, to assess how changes to offshore and ecosystem conditions will influence the flood protection benefits of these ecosystems along the coast. The successful candidate will lead activities for the parameterization and validation of numerical models to assess and map coastal flooding, integration of satellite-based datasets into the coastal models and build statistical models to assess the influence of meteorological, ocean and ecosystem variables on flood extents. The postdoc will be expected to work collaboratively as part of a larger interdisciplinary team, publish shared scholarly works, assist with project meetings and reports, and develop new collaborative proposals. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of coastal scientists with expertise in coastal modeling, engineering, ecology, human geography, and remote sensing.

The location of the position is flexible, and the successful candidate can be based either at ECU’s Coastal campus in the Coastal Studies Institute, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, or at ECU’s Greenville Campus.

The position will require regular travel between the two ECU campuses and annual visits to Washington D.C.

Required Skills and Experience:

  1. A PhD in coastal engineering, or a similar field
  2. Expertise in coastal hydrodynamic modeling in nearshore environments, flood mapping and
  3. Proficiency in written and spoken English
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  1. Familiarity with Python and Matlab
  2. Experience developing statistical models from large datasets
  3. Experience working with remote sensing data
  4. High motivation for, and previous experience with work on coastal resilience and ecosystems

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