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The University of Florida is seeking applicants to fill 2 postdoctoral research associate and 3 graduate student positions. They will be part of a transdisciplinary project—in collaboration with Columbia University (CU) and East Carolina University (ECU)—entitled “Towards a Multi-scale Theory of Coupled Human Mobility and Environment Change.” The project aims at applying a mixed-methods approach to develop a modeling framework that integrates environmental modeling, social dynamics, and migration theories and then to use such a modeling framework to develop an integrative theory of coupled dynamics of migration and environmental change. Some of the methods include dynamical system modeling, multilayer network approaches, climate and hydrological modeling, and Bayesian inference analyses. Different aspects of the project will be conducted across the three universities. The team will meet remotely on a regular basis and annual workshops will be held where all the team members will meet in person.

 

Applicants for the postdoc positions must demonstrate strong interest in transdisciplinary research and a PhD degree in natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, or related/relevant fields. Applicants for the graduate student positions must demonstrate strong interest in transdisciplinary research and a Master’s degree in natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, or related/relevant fields; exceptional students with a Bachelor’s degree plus research experience in an appropriate discipline will also be considered. Persons from groups under-represented in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

 

Specifically, for the positions at UF the successful candidates should also possess some of the following qualifications: (i) strong mathematical background (especially in dynamical system modeling); (ii) strong background in network approaches; (iii) fluency in some programming languages; and (iv) open-mindedness and eagerness to learn from other disciplines. We explicitly specify the last qualification to reflect the importance of integration across disciplines in the project.

 

Potential candidates for the UF positions are encouraged to learn more about the three UF investigators (Muneepeerakul, Johnson, and Muñoz-Carpena) and submit a CV, a cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to one of the three participating UF faculty. The e-mail addresses are as follows:

 

Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul (PI): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The review process will start immediately. The positions will start as soon as June 1, 2018. The positions will stay open until they are filled.

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

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