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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

The Albemarle-Pamlico NEP and Sea Grant NC are current accepting application for the 2023 jointly funded graduate student fellowship. The grant is for conducting applied research on our Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan focus areas (including wetlands, water quality, seagrass, resilience, and oyster habitat) within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management area (map below).

The Sunny Day Flooding Project is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with hydrodynamic numerical modeling experience to join a highly interdisciplinary and community-engaged research project. The researcher will develop a hydrodynamic model with stormwater infrastructure for a community that is prone to flooding from a combination of rainfall runoff, impaired stormwater networks, riverine flooding, and wind setup events in a large estuary. The model will be validated using water level data continuously measured in storm drains and images of flooding (go.ncsu.edu/sunny). The researcher will work closely with Dr. Katherine Anarde (Coastal Engineering, NCSU) to analyze flood data and with Dr. Antonia Sebastian (Hydrology, UNC-Chapel Hill) to develop the flood model. The researcher will then work with Dr. Miyuki Hino (Environmental Social Science, UNC-Chapel Hill) to compare modeled flood hazards to existing survey data of perceived flood risk and frequency. The position has guaranteed funding for one year but there is possibility for extension. The candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research group with active community-engaged modeling projects related to chronic flood hazards and climate adaptation. Preferred start: Fall 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Numerical modeling
  • Data analysis and QC
  • Mentor interdisciplinary graduate students
  • Disseminate scientific findings in publications and at conferences 
  • Assist PIs in organizing and leading community workshops 

Postdoctoral Researcher Qualifications: The candidate will have a PhD in civil engineering, coastal engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related field. The candidate must have: 1) significant numerical modeling experience (e.g., HEC-RAS, XPSWMM, 3Di, LISFLOOD, SFINCS), 2) experience in analysis of numerical and in situ data (preferably coastal water levels); 3) ability to disseminate results via peer-reviewed publications and presentations; 4) ability to travel locally in North Carolina and participate in sensor management and community workshops. Additional desirable skills include image analysis and troubleshooting sensors.

Professionals

Resilient Communities Specialist– North Carolina (Remote) | Full-Time | Intermediate | $49k – $86k/year

The selected candidate will provide direct technical assistance and connect CDRZ communities with services available to assist their resilience-building efforts. The candidate must have knowledge of public policy and planning principles that support climate and natural hazards resilience.

Resilience Outreach and Engagement Manager– Durham County, NC | Full-Time | Intermediate | $56k – $99k/year

The Resilience Outreach and Engagement Manager will strategize, develop, and lead the NCORR Resilience Team’s outreach and engagement activities with support from other staff. The selected candidate will also manage efforts to communicate to the public about the impacts of climate change, possible actions to reduce those impacts, and resources to help communities attain their resilience goals.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to represent the NCSCO across the research, outreach, and monitoring focus areas. This is a great chance to further climate services in North Carolina in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. We work closely with state and federal agencies, city and regional planners, and other professionals to help North Carolinians understand their climate risks. The office has experienced significant growth over the past few years, and received close to 2M in external funding in the last fiscal year. 

The Coastal Hazards (CHAZ) Research Associate will assist Dr. Anarde in managing two coastal monitoring programs in North Carolina: a shoreline monitoring program along the NC Outer Banks (using remote sensing techniques) and monitoring of chronic coastal floods (using in situ sensors and camera imagery). The position will involve project management – including writing reports, creating presentations and figures, data quality control, purchasing, organizing sensor deployments and manufacturing – as well as initial analysis and processing of geospatial and water level data. The Research Associate will work closely with undergraduate and graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as with colleagues and students in other disciplines as part of the Sunny Day Flooding Project. The position has guaranteed funding for two years with subsequent extension opportunities. The candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research group with active field and lab research interests in coastal evolution and climate change impacts. Preferred start: Fall 2023.

Research Associate Qualifications: This opportunity might suit a recently completed PhD student or a more experienced researcher interested in project management and producing knowledge that will support coastal and roadway management in North Carolina. 

Desirable interests/skills/experience include the following (the candidate may not have all skills/experience already, but should have most):

  • Strong background in geospatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Background in coastal science or coastal engineering
  • Leadership and mentoring skills
  • Strong English language skills, written & verbal
  • Experience developing and troubleshooting IoT sensors (can be learned on the job)

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.