Postdoctoral Scholar in Coastal Hazards, University of Washington
dasc at uw.edu
Fri Oct 1 20:47:33 UTC 2021
*Postdoctoral Scholar in Coastal Hazards in the Pacific Northwest*
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
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:
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.
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.
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 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
<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
PhD (at the time of appointment) in geology, geophysics, engineering
geology, or a related field.
Expertise in one or more areas:
Landslide mapping from digital products
Landscape evolution modeling
Strong ground motions and/or earthquake simulations
Synthesis of geodetic data and crustal deformation modeling
Statistics and probabilistic methods
Relevant skills include:
Analytic and/or computer programming skills, depending on the
Strong technical writing, communication, and time management skills.
The ability to work independently, while also collaborating with
a large interdisciplinary research team, and a willingness to
engage the community.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Knowledge and experience working in coastal hazards projects.
Experience and interest in community engagement and
To submit an application, prepare a single PDF that includes the
Letter of interest describing how your qualifications and
experiences have prepared you for this postdoctoral position (1 page).
A research statement that highlights your research accomplishments
and describes your career goals (2 pages or less).
Curriculum Vitae with publications and other research products (no
Names and contact information for three references (1 page).
Application materials should be submitted to a Google form
<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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