Postdoctoral Scholar in Coastal Hazards, University of Washington

David Schmidt dasc at uw.edu
Fri Oct 1 20:47:33 UTC 2021


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*Postdoctoral Scholar in Coastal Hazards in the Pacific Northwest*

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of 
Washington seeks to fill multiple postdoctoral positions that will 
address coastal hazards in a subduction zone setting.  The postdoctoral 
scholars will join the Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research 
Hub (Cascadia CoPes Hub 
<https://www.washington.edu/news/2021/09/07/research-education-hub-on-coastal-resiliency-will-focus-on-earthquakes-coastal-erosion-and-climate-change/>), 
which is focused on increasing coastal resiliency among communities in 
the US Pacific Northwest. We are seeking postdoctoral scholars to 
participate in this convergent research project that will address both 
chronic (climate-change-induced) and acute (earthquake-induced) coastal 
hazards along the Cascadia margin. The successful candidates will join a 
cohort of several postdocs spread across partner institutions who will 
work collaboratively on a wide range of project components from seismic 
hazards, to coastal inundation, to community planning and engagement.


The postdoctoral candidates will work on a variety of projects including:

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    Quantify the timing and locations of landslides within or adjacent
    to coastal communities and use landscape evolution models to explore
    long-term geomorphic response to earthquakes.

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    Develop probabilistic and time-dependent estimates of the vertical
    land movement over the next century for the Cascadia coastline;
    assess relative elevations of land and sea given interseismic and
    coseismic events, adjusted for glacial and water loading effects.

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    Develop unified earthquake-tsunami source models and coupled HPC
    simulations for a range of Cascadia earthquake scenarios.

Candidates will be expected to conduct research related to the project 
goals, design research products that can be utilized by others in the 
project team as well as end-users, and lead the production of 
peer-reviewed publications.  Some postdocs will also be actively engaged 
in disseminating products and new knowledge to community partners and 
the public.


The postdoctoral scholar positions are a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, 
fixed term appointment.  Reappointment for an additional year is 
possible, contingent on satisfactory research progress.The positions 
will be housed in the department of Earth and Space Sciences 
<https://www.ess.washington.edu/>at the University of Washington, 
located in Seattle, Washington.  The successful candidates are expected 
to start the position anytime between January-September 2022. Inquiries 
can be directed to any of the faculty who are involved in the project, 
including Dr. David Schmidt (dasc @uw.edu), Dr. Alison Duvall (aduvall 
@uw.edu), Dr. Erin Wirth (ewirth @uw.edu), Dr. Harold Tobin (htobin 
@uw.edu), or Dr. Juliet Crider (criderj @uw.edu).


University of Washington (UW) is an affirmative action and equal 
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive 
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, 
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, 
pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, 
disability, or protected veteran status.  The UW is committed to 
building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student 
communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity 
Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint 
<http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint>/).  All UW 
employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof 
thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This 
requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this 
recruitment.


Qualifications:

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    PhD (at the time of appointment) in geology, geophysics, engineering
    geology, or a related field.

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    Expertise in one or more areas:

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        Landslide mapping from digital products

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        Landscape evolution modeling

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        Strong ground motions and/or earthquake simulations

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        Synthesis of geodetic data and crustal deformation modeling

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        Statistics and probabilistic methods

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    Relevant skills include:

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        Analytic and/or computer programming skills, depending on the
        project.

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        Strong technical writing, communication, and time management skills.

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        The ability to work independently, while also collaborating with
        a large interdisciplinary research team, and a willingness to
        engage the community.

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    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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    Knowledge and experience working in coastal hazards projects.

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    Experience and interest in community engagement and
    transdisciplinary science.

Application Instructions

To submit an application, prepare a single PDF that includes the 
following information:

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    Letter of interest describing how your qualifications and
    experiences have prepared you for this postdoctoral position (1 page).

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    A research statement that highlights your research accomplishments
    and describes your career goals (2 pages or less).

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    Curriculum Vitae with publications and other research products (no
    length restriction).

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    Names and contact information for three references (1 page).

Application materials should be submitted to a Google form 
(https://forms.gle/HzhZRGCTh6EJhhoh6 
<https://forms.gle/HzhZRGCTh6EJhhoh6>) or emailed to dasc at uw.edu, and 
will be evaluated beginning December 6th, 2021.   New applications will 
be considered until the positions are filled.




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