A postdoctoral position is available on a College of Engineering research project at the University of Georgia, Athens Campus. The candidate will work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-funded project: Engineering with Nature Initiative. This postdoctoral associate will anchor an interdisciplinary team of researchers at UGA and the US Army Corps of Engineers that is studying how large-scale nature-based infrastructure can contribute to biodiversity conservation and enhancement. Project elements could include:A case study of how levee systems can be designed and managed for biodiversity.Quantification and valuation of the historical loss of biodiversity due to large-scale grey infrastructure, and the potential for reversing or mitigating these losses.A study of the potential for biodiversity enhancement by “depressurizing” river systems.A vision for incorporating biodiversity into the design of nature-based infrastructure for managing freshwater at a national scale.The postdoctoral associate is expected to work with the team to help define the foci of the project, lead some elements of the project, and contribute to others.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology or a related field (although other disciplinary backgrounds are possible), a strong publication record, and the interest and ability to conduct integrative research as part of a large, interdisciplinary research team that includes ecologists, engineers, and social scientists.
Desired competencies include experience with structured decision making and a broad array of quantitative skills, including statistical analyses in R and facility with GIS. Knowledge of freshwater ecosystems and communities is a plus. Excellent communications skills are required.
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