Primary position focus is on basic and applied research in process/response geomorphology, landscape dynamics (natural and anthropogenically driven), and geomorphometry in coastal, nearshore, and marine continental margin environments. Emphasis is on beach, coastal and nearshore dynamics, coastal sediments, and sediment transport, though projects further offshore are common. Research is largely quantitative in nature. Geospatial and geostatistical analyses, geostatistical modeling, and machine learning tools and techniques are typically used to characterize and model these environments, to answer complex questions tied to system dynamics, and to describe and predict spatial and temporal change.
Laboratory and field work are also a component of this position. Performing standard sediment analyses (e.g., sampling, grain size and texture characterization, mineralogy), setting up and deploying instrumentation, and collecting samples and data in the field, as needed. A knowledge of basic electricity and electronics, machines, mechanical systems, geodesy, and GPS is required.
Computing skills are fundamental to the position. Statistical description, analysis, and modeling are key among the requisite skills. Python is the language/environment most commonly employed for these [data analysis and modeling] purposes and experience with Python is required. Statistical computing using R also contributes. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is regularly used for tasks that range from data capture and inventory, to simple cartography, to photogrammetry, to sophisticated surface modeling and analysis. A knowledge of one or more additional computer programming languages (i.e. C) will be beneficial. Additional computing skills that may be helpful include: knowledge of the UNIX operating system (particularly using the bash shell), software version control (git), and a basic understanding of the web and HTML.
The position also involves writing research papers for publication, contributing to funding proposal preparation efforts and leading research design and protocols
Special Instructions To Application:
East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.
This position requires a minimum of a Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline), with at least 2 years of experience conducting significant original research, including serving as a senior collaborator on multi-scholar research initiatives and leading substantive aspects of the overall project under the general guidance of a principal researcher.
Full time or Part time: Full Time
Position Location (city): Wanchese
Position Number: 500121
Organizational Unit Overview:
The Coastal Studies institute (CSI) is located at the ECU Outer Banks Campus on Roanoke Island in Wanchese, NC. CSI is a multi-institutional partnership administered by East Carolina University in collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, UNC Wilmington and Elizabeth City State University. The mission of CSI is to undertake research, offer educational opportunities, provide community outreach and enhance communication about the history, culture and environment of northeastern North Carolina’s maritime counties.
ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs unit provides administrative oversight for CSI and leads the ECU coastal enterprise to advance the understanding of the complex coupled human-natural systems that affect coastal environments and the resilience of communities located within the coastal region. Northeastern NC provides a rich laboratory to investigate these processes and the interactions between human (individual and community) activities and the coastal environment and use the resulting actionable information to develop effective public policy.
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