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[Met-jobs] Fwd: Post Doctoral Fellow Position in Marine Affairs at University of Rhode Island

From Austin Becker <>
To Austin Becker <>
Date Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:05:22 -0400

Post Doctoral Fellow Position in Marine Affairs

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Seeking to fill a post-doctoral fellow position to work under Prof. Austin Becker in the University of Rhode Island’s Dept. of Marine Affairs on funded research for risk assessment of coastal infrastructure systems. We seek to make an appointment on or around August 15, 2016.
In collaboration with the PI and team members, the post doctoral fellow will conduct mixed-methods qualitative and quantitative research to develop a risk indexing tool that contributes to a deeper understanding of storm resilience for maritime freight nodes (i.e., ports). Higher incidence of natural disasters due to climate change will result in storm consequences that disrupt communities, ecosystems, and economies of trading partners both domestically and internationally. The Post Doc will help to develop and test a methodology to work with an expert group to select, weight, and aggregate indicators of climate risk across the 23 high and medium-use coastal ports in the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Districts coastal inlets and navigation channels. The Post Doc will also work to advance other research projects under the direction of the PI. More information on this project may be found at and

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Contribute to an OMB- and IRB-approved, mixed-methods, research protocol to compare climate risk across a range of ports or maritime freight nodes. Oversee selection and convening of an expert group and work with PI and graduate student(s) to carry out a Delphi method for expert elicitation around a variety of potential indicators. Conduct and supervise field research at northeast seaports using standard qualitative and quantitative research methods. Assist in analysis and synthesis of data through the creation of algorithms and quantitative methods. Conduct site visits, interviews, and field work as required. Contribute to and help oversee the budget timelines and the production specified deliverables to the USACE, contribute to writing of journal articles and white papers, and other project outputs. Contribute to and oversee the development of new funding proposals to support ongoing related research.  Assist in management of graduate students and perform additional duties as required.

REQUIRED:PhD degree in relevant field, (e.g., social sciences, planning, policy, geography, risk assessment, engineering, human dimensions); demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate groups; strong verbal and interpersonal skills.

PREFERRED: Outreach experience; background in ports, maritime infrastructure, coastal management; familiarity with relevant theory in natural hazards, vulnerability assessment, and climate change impacts; publication record; experience mentoring students or overseeing staff; experience with budgeting and accounting; experience with grant and proposal writing; experience with statistical methods and data management. 

Applicants should send a statement of interest, CV, writing sample(s), the names of three references, and cover letter to Austin Becker at


Austin Becker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design
Director of Graduate Programs in Marine Affairs
Departments of Marine Affairs and Landscape Architecture
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
University of Rhode Island | Coastal Institute Room 213 | 1 Greenhouse Road, Suite 205 | Kingston, RI  02881
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