Date Posted: Jul 30, 2019
Postdoc for NSF study of storm tide dependence on estuary and climate changes
The Davidson Laboratory and Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology has a new postdoctoral researcher position starting in fall 2019. Stevens is based in Hoboken, New Jersey, ten minutes from Jersey City and New York City. A new project has been funded by the National Science Foundation's Prevention of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS), with the overarching goal of revealing and contrasting the mechanisms by which changes to estuary geometry and climate alter flood risk.
The successful candidate will create present-day, historical, and idealized estuary models and study how a range of storm and landscape characteristics influence storm tides. Dynamical parameters and simple models will be used to help interpret the effects of historical alterations to topography, bathymetry and wetland area. The project is a collaboration between Philip Orton, Stefan Talke (Cal Poly), James Booth (City College of New York) and Thomas Wahl (Central Florida), including additional related investigations of unique historical tide gauge datasets from the past two centuries, changes to storm characteristics caused by climate variability, and application of advanced non-stationary univariate and multivariate statistical models to assess how statistical properties respond to these changes.
A PhD is required in physical oceanography, coastal engineering, or a similar field, as are experience and publications using computational hydrodynamic modeling (e.g. ROMS, FVCOM) and computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Matlab, Python). The initial appointment is for two years, with the second year conditional upon performance, and with possible extension to a third year. The researcher will be responsible for working with other scientists and graduate students to accomplish this research, to manage the project meetings and a workshop, and to prepare peer-reviewed publications. Opportunities to collaborate on proposals, advise students, gain teaching experience, and build your own research program will be encouraged.
Applicants should submit (in a single PDF) a cover letter stating their relevant skills and career interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to Philip Orton, email@example.com. Please also send the PDF of a writing sample published in a peer-review journal. Full consideration will be given to applications received by July 14, 2019.
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