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Available Positions

There are many opportunities at NC State to grow and gain experiences in coastal resilience and sustainability. Student and professional opportunities are available.

Students and Post-docs

Dr. Erin Seekamp is currently recruiting a postdoctoral research scholar with strong social science disciplinary training for interdisciplinary research on coastal resilience and sustainability. There is substantial flexibility to carve new approaches and an opportunity to substantively contribute to the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative at NC State University.

Professionals

The Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems wishes to appoint a Limited Term Research Professional/Social Sciences to work on a grant-funded research project funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineering with Nature Initiative. This position is a 12-month staff position and will be under the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), at the College of Engineering’s School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (ECAM).

IRIS is an interdisciplinary hub focused on co-designing, implementing, and monitoring infrastructure systems that support thriving communities. At IRIS, infrastructure encompasses people and communities as well as conventional and natural infrastructure features. IRIS emphasizes community engagement and cultivating equity into our research and work environment.

The successful incumbent will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Georgia who are engaged in projects between the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They will be working closely with Don Nelson, Meredith Welch-Devine, and me. This position will work as part of a highly interdisciplinary team and will contribute to research and applied activities across Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. This work will include reviewing literature; conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups; engaging with communities; analyzing data; and writing / creating products for both academic and non-academic audiences. This position will be supported by, and work closely with, associated social science faculty across UGA.

The ECU Water Resources Center seeks to hire a full-time Community and Program Coordinator.

The Community and Program Coordinator will take a lead role in implementing programs within the ECU Water Resources Center. About 50% of the position will be focused on program coordination for the Coastal Community and Environmental Data Scholars National Research Traineeship program. The NRT coordinator will be responsible for a broad range of activities in this graduate education program, including student engagement and records management, partnering with faculty on curricular design and program implementation, student recruitment, and outreach development (e.g., seminars, internships, partnerships, etc.). The remaining 50% of the position will focus on the management of projects in support of the Center’s community engagement and relationship development activities. These activities include building partnerships within and external to ECU, coordinating stakeholders to support the development and implementation of Center programs, project planning and assessment of outcomes, leadership and coordination of student programs across the Center, and supervision of student participants and employees. The Coordinator will be responsible for organizing community building events within and external to the University, including the annual Tar River Community Science Festival. The position is located in Greenville, NC. Travel is required in the performance of duties. Annual salary is expected to be in the range of $50,000-60,000.

The mission of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is to deliver ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources in direct support of National Ocean Service (NOS) priorities, offices, and customers to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

NCCOS conducts nationwide, multidisciplinary research that integrates a broad spectrum of physical, biological, chemical, and social sciences to inform and guide resource and community managers, while seeking a balance among resource use, economic development, restoration, conservation, and human health. By providing science products and tools, NCCOS helps communities plan for, adapt to, and reduce risks from the multiple challenges facing coastal communities. NCCOS’s mission has never been more important than it is today

NCCOS seeks to hire 2 time-limited employees to support NCCOS field and lab research and monitoring activities at the Beaufort, NC (1) and Oxford, MD (1) facilities. Successful candidates will provide general project support to NCCOS science staff to further the understanding of ecological linkages between coastal environmental conditions, habitats, and species, and stressors such as climate variability.

Qualified candidates should be able to:
• Work in a team environment.
• Carry out limited professional assignments in a technical professional field under periodic technical supervision on all phases of assignments, applying established methods, tests, procedures, and techniques, and recording actions and results.
• Provide preliminary data analysis, statistical data analysis, and report synthesis for characterization and monitoring research.
• Assists other scientific or research staff with priority scientific or research activities and responsibilities including: planning for and assisting with fieldwork related to coastal monitoring; biological sampling and surveys; and summarizing data
• Assist with field projects associated with assessing climate impacts, coastal resilience, habitat restoration, and ecosystem services
• Assist in assessing the relationship between living coastal/marine resources and the physical and chemical aspects of these ecosystems.
• Assist in general laboratory analyses using basic techniques

To be considered for employment, applicants should have:
• A background in coastal or marine biology with experience working in multiple ecosystem types
• Familiar with different field sampling, processing and laboratory techniques.
• Ability to work in harsh environments.
• Excellent scientific communication skills, and a strong, proven ability to collaborate effectively;
• Ability to effectively work collaboratively and independently on multiple projects simultaneously in a self-directed environment;
• Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with external partners;
• Strong problem solving and organizational skills, and attention to detail;
• Scuba certification preferred.
• Experience in small boat operation and trailer towing/maneuver/positioning preferred.

Application Information
We anticipate that one-two positions will be hired with a start in October 2022, though the start date is negotiable. The position will be for an initial time-limited appointment of 14-months under Schedule A(r), and is potentially renewable for up to 4 years. The duty station will be Beaufort, NC or Oxford, MD. Recent graduates will be hired at the ZP-2 (GS- 9 equivalent) level. Applications be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Tomma.Barnes@noaa.gov and John.Jacobs@noaa.gov.

NCCOS seeks to hire 1 time-limited employee to develop a suite of science communication products focused on impacts from coastal inundation, including the interactive effects of sea level rise, storm surge, and high-tide flooding to allow for more accurate understanding of vulnerability and to evaluate changes in this vulnerability under a suite of mitigation scenarios. The TERM employee would work with project teams across NCCOS to support NCCOS Coastal Resilience work through the development of products and services that assist coastal
communities in planning for sea level rise. Examples of data and information delivery products include story maps, data dashboards or viewers, infographics, archived data, and/or other tools that leverage ongoing coastal inundation related projects within NCCOS.

The employee will serve as a liaison to leverage projects from the NCCOS internal and external science programs and will interface with internal and external partners via written and oral communication.

Qualified candidates should be able to:
• Independently create clear and engaging data visualization products, using non-technical language to convey technical scientific concepts around inundation and sea level rise;
• Utilize co-production processes throughout product development to maximize data utility. This includes regularly consulting with both data producers (e.g., project teams/scientists) and data users (e.g., clients, stakeholders such as community planners).
• Effectively use ESRI ArcGIS products (such as ArcPro) and develop geospatial web applications (using ArcOnline), such as story maps or other online data visualizations;

To be considered for employment, applicants should have:
• A background in environmental science and geospatial data science with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field. The successful candidate must have a strong background in science communication, data management, and GIS;
• Excellent scientific communication skills
• Ability to effectively work collaboratively and independently on multiple projects simultaneously in a self-directed environment;
• Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with external partners;
• Strong problem solving and organizational skills, and attention to detail.
• Programming experience with Python or R and html for data manipulation, analyses, and visualization is a plus. (Python is preferred for this job, but R could also be helpful.)

Application Information
We anticipate that one position will be hired with a start in October 2022, though the start date is negotiable. The position will be for an initial time-limited appointment of 14-months under Schedule A(r), and is potentially renewable. The duty station will be Beaufort, NC. Recent graduates will be hired at the ZP-2 (GS- 9 equivalent) level. Applications be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Tomma.Barnes@noaa.gov.