Postdoctoral Research Associate - Coastal Geomorphology

Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number G0072V
Role Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Coastal Geomorphology
Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Research Associate – Coastal Geomorphology position is to conduct research on how marshes and other coastal landscapes respond to sea level rise, with an emphasis on understanding how humans impact the coastal zone.

Other possible research topics include migration of wetlands into terrestrial ecosystems and the influence of geomorphology on coastal carbon cycling. One primary objective is to develop and/or run existing numerical models of marsh migration and elevation change.

The responsibilities of the position include interaction with students, and developing independent research topics consistent with the goals of the coastal wetlands group.

Required Qualifications

*PhD in an environmental related field (e.g. geology, biology, environmental science), or a PhD in a computational related field (e.g. physics, engineering) coupled with experience in environmental applications.


  • A broad knowledge of how ecosystems respond to global change, including biological, hydrological, and geomorphic processes.
  • Strong quantitative skills and a proven research background with strong writing ability are also required.
Preferred Qualifications


  • numerical modeling,
  • a combination of the following:
    (GIS /remote sensing, data mining, field experiments, and other methods associated with marshes, ecogeomorphology, ecohyrdology, environmental economics, and/or carbon cycling).
  • The successful incumbent in this position is expected to learn new biophysical and computational techniques and be able to teach them to students and other members of the wetlands program.
Department Physical Sciences - 191100
Location VIMS - Gloucester
Job Open Date 06/01/2017
Review Begin Date 06/25/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Category Instructional Faculty
Special Application Instructions

Applications should include a 1-2 page statement of potential research ideas related to coastal ecology or geomorphology, a cover letter identifying timeline for PhD completion and/or availability for this position, a CV, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received within 1 month of the date of posting (6/25/2017).

Background Check Statement

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Supplemental Questions

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Other Doc
  2. Research Statement
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents