The University of Georgia (UGA) Odum School of Ecology and UGA College of Engineering are hiring a postdoctoral associate to anchor an interdisciplinary team of researchers 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.
This is a 2-year position that is part of the Network for Engineering with Nature (https://n-ewn.org/), a major new collaboration between the UGA Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The postdoctoral associate is expected to work with the research 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. Excellent communications skills are required. 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.
We particularly welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups. Questions may be directed to Seth Wenger (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will serve as the lead mentor. Review of applications is expected to begin by November 19, with a desired start date of, well, as soon as reasonably possible. To apply, follow this link: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/175566.