Postdoctoral Scholar

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Wanchese, NORTH CAROLINA
Deadline: ;

Posting Details
Position Information

Job Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Number PDS-DCS-03-23
Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Department AAH Department of Coastal Studies
Department Homepage
Advertising Department COASTAL STUDIES, DEPT OF
Division Academic Affairs
Classification Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Working Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Number of Vacancies 1
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Salary Range Commensurate with Qualifications
Position Location (City) Wanchese
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholars
Job Category Postdoctoral Scholars
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
East Carolina University is a public research university in North Carolina. Existing faculty in the Department of Coastal Studies have expertise in Geography, Ecology, Coastal Engineering, Geology, Physical Oceanography, Anthropology, and Fisheries Ecology. The Coastal Studies Institute is a growing inter-institutional research and education enterprise. CSI has active collaborations with North Carolina Aquariums, the National Park Service, UNC Sea Grant College Program, and several institutions across the University of North Carolina system. These relationships provide opportunities to leverage established nearshore data resources, a real-time coastal processes numerical modeling framework, and data management and dissemination infrastructure.
East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University and accommodates individuals with disabilities. Proper documentation of identity and employability is required at the time of employment.
Job Duties
The Department of Coastal Studies in East Carolina University (ECU) is hiring a post-doctoral scholar with expertise in social-ecological systems and/or ecosystem-based adaptation as part of an NSF-funded DISES project investigating coral reef and mangrove management in the context of adaptation to extreme storm events in Fiji and Puerto Rico. The postdoc will primarily explore the role of organizational and social factors in ecosystem-based adaptation to storm events in mangrove-reef social-ecological systems. The postdoc will be mentored by Drs. Nadine Heck and Siddharth Narayan at ECU and will be co-advised by, and work closely with Dr. Stacy Jupiter and colleagues at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Fiji.
The main responsibilities of the postdoc will be to 1) Coordinate social science project components in Fiji and between field sites in Fiji and Puerto Rico; 2) Lead development and implementation of interviews and surveys in local communities in Fiji; 3) Work collaboratively as part of a larger inter­disciplinary team; 4) Mentor and support PhD students and field team staff; 5) Conduct social science data processing and data analysis; 6) Lead collaborative peer-reviewed articles; 7) Communicate results at conferences, workshops, and webinars. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training.
The location of the position is flexible, and the successful candidate can be based either at ECU’s Coastal campus in the Coastal Studies Institute, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, or at ECU’s Greenville Campus. The position will require travel between the two ECU campuses and to Fiji.
Approximately 100% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to the project activities described above and related scientific research.
Minimum Education/Experience
PhD in natural resource management, environmental studies, geography, political science or similar field
Knowledge of social-ecological systems and nature-based adaptation
Research experience with quantitative and qualitative social science methods
Record of peer-reviewed publications
Demonstrated skills in working as part of an international, interdisciplinary team
Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
Willingness to travel and spend up to 25% of your time in the field
License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Candidates with knowledge of socio-cultural contexts of small island developing particularly in Pacific Island Nations
Demonstrated experience in coordinating research and fieldwork in remote areas
License or Certification Required by the Department
Special Instructions to Applicant
To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach, 1) their CV or resume, 2) cover letter, 3) 1 – 2 sample research papers and 4) names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one-year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at:
Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date 03/21/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date. If no closing date is indicated, the position may close at any time after the initial screening date.
Initial Screening Begins 05/01/2023
Rank Level Not Applicable
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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.
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