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POSTDOC VACANY IN COASTAL RISKS AT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA

I am currently offering a 2-year postdoc position at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. The successful candidate will be working in the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department (CECE) and recently founded National Center for Integrated Coastal Research (NCICR). The latter offers the unique opportunity to work with a highly interdisciplinary team, including colleagues from multiple departments and colleges at UCF.

50% of the funds for the position come from a NOAA project (under their Climate Indicator Program). The project will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Don Chambers at the University of South Florida and Dr. Francisco Calafat at the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK. As part of the project we will develop an extreme sea level indicator to track inter-annual to multi-decadal variations in mean and extreme sea levels (using non-stationary extreme value models) along the U.S. coast, and explore how much such fluctuations affect coastal flood risk. We will also use climate model data and statistical downscaling techniques to test the predictability of the indices that we develop.

The other 50% of the funds are covered by a UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Scholar fellowship (including a 5k stipend for travel or other expenses). The funds are not attached to any particular project, which leaves plenty of room to pursue own research ideas (aligned with the supervisor’s background and interests), produce high-level publications, assist in student advising, and be involved in other projects we are currently working on (ranging from local/regional erosion and flood risk assessments, through large-scale storm surge modelling, to multi-hazard events). The successful candidate will gain experience and be expected to assist in grant writing and teaching activities.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Geosciences, Physical Oceanography, Statistics, or other relevant field. The selected candidate should have experience in applying extreme value models, data and time series analysis, technical programming (ideally MATLAB or R), and a strong interest in the broad field of coastal risk analysis.

Please send your application package (including a cover letter with a short research statement, updated resume, and contact details of two professional references) to t.wahl@ucf.edu. The anticipated start date is January 2018 and the position will be open until filled (review of applications will begin 15 October).

Please don’t hesitate to contact me in case you have additional questions.
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