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Seeking postdoctoral and post Master's candidates for the Wisconsin Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellowship

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The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program seek postdoctoral and post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience across the Great Lakes region. Together, these programs will fund this state Science-Policy Fellow position, named in honor of a longtime Sea Grant coastal engineering expert Phil Keillor, to celebrate his legacy in building resilience in Wisconsin communities. The Fellow will work closely with Wisconsin Coastal Management Program’s Natural Hazards Work Group, Sea Grant’s coastal engineer, local government representatives, and researchers from a variety of fields to tackle the important challenge of connecting science related to coastal processes with communities that could benefit from the information.

There is significant flexibility in the specific questions and approaches that the Fellow will tackle and employ, and we seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds including engineering, social sciences, geology, meteorology, ecological modeling, limnology, etc. With the Great Lakes at record high water levels, demand for guidance on resilience is high and there are many opportunities for the Fellow’s work to help communities facing hazardous conditions. Some specific priorities include:

  • Assist Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant in building resilience in Wisconsin coastal communities. Depending on skills and interest, the fellow may develop mapping tools, create educational materials, communicate with stakeholders, provide technical assistance, participate in community engagement or coordinate meetings.
  • Continue the Wisconsin Sea Grant efforts to update the Coastal Processes Manual (3rd Ed). If the manual is complete during the fellowship, assist in promotion and outreach.
  • Provide support and participate in activities of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Attend Wisconsin Coastal Management Council meetings, assist with annual grants program, facilitate workshops and other trainings, and engage in other WCMP initiatives.
  • Pursue coastal hazards and resilience opportunities with local, state, and regional entities as they arise.
  • Communicate coastal resilience science and policy work at state, regional, and national conferences.

This Fellow is intended to be stationed in downtown Madison with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program at the Department of Administration, and will work with researchers from across the state, region and country, as well as stakeholders and policy-makers in Wisconsin. The position requires occasional travel, including overnight stays. Work arrangements may need to be flexible and may evolve amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, adhering to all University of Wisconsin-Madison and state directives and guidance.

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

More detail including application instructions is in the attached fellowship announcement and also linked here - The deadline for applications is March 26, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jennifer Hauxwell at