Position description: The University of Rhode Island (URI) Dept. of Marine Affairs (web.uri.edu/maf) is seeking a PhD student to work with the Marine Affairs Coastal Resilience Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Austin Becker. The student will be part of an interdisciplinary team working on a project to develop new approaches to modeling societal consequences of hurricanes and other extreme natural disasters.  The student’s research will include a refinement of social science data collection methodologies, the development of decision support tools for emergency response and long-term resilience planning, and the testing/validation of our approach. The work is informed and complemented by hydrodynamic storm models developed by our partners at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and outreach activities coordinated with partners at the URI Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant. This work uniquely combines aspects of urban planning, natural hazards, policy, and sustainability science.

The doctoral student will study under Prof. Austin Becker (web.uri.edu/abecker) and receive interdisciplinary training in coastal planning and policy in the Department of Marine Affairs. This position has four years of funding provided by a RI Sea Grant Fellowship, Research and Teaching Assistantships, and grant-funded support. Start date is Fall 2020.

Qualifications: We seek a highly-motivated student with a master’s degree in environmental science, urban planning, or other related field, and a strong academic record who wishes to pursue interdisciplinary work. Exceptional candidates who do not hold a masters degree will be considered, but would apply to the Master of Marine Affairs program before transferring into the PhD program. The ideal candidate will have an affinity for social science and policy, with a focus on the urban coast and coastal infrastructure.  Familiarity with statistical techniques, GIS, and programming is also desired, but not required at the outset.

To be considered, please apply for Fall 2020 admission through the URI GradCAS system at http://gradcas.liaisoncas.org/apply/. Interested applicants should contact Prof. Becker in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for consideration is Jan. 15, 2020.

For more information, please contact Prof. Austin Becker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see web.uri.edu/abecker

As part of a strategic interdisciplinary initiative focused on marine coastal sustainability, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) in the College of Social Sciences, and the Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa invite applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track permanent appointment at the rank of assistant professor [position number 0084838 (0.75 FTE) and 0085952 (0.25 FTE)], to begin August 1st, 2020, subject to position clearance and availability of funds. We seek highly qualified candidates with expertise in the human dimensions of coastal management, planning and policy. Candidates should have a broad understanding of current and emerging environmental policy issues, with strong expertise in research methods. To facilitate cross-campus collaborations and outreach, this will be a joint appointment between DURP (0.75 FTE) and Sea Grant (0.25 FTE), with the locus of tenure in DURP.

Duties and Responsibilities: 1) Develop a research agenda that strengthens DURP's environmental planning stream and supports coastal management research in Hawai'i and the Asia-Pacific region; 2) teach courses in the master's and Ph.D. curriculums and · contribute to undergraduate curriculum development; supervise and mentor students; 3) teach in and contribute to the development of a new BA program to be offered jointly by the Public Policy Center, Public  Administration Program, and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning; 4) seek extramural funding and publish research in peer reviewed journals; 5) provide service to the departments, college/school, and the university; and 6) conduct extension and outreach activities that enable communities in Hawai'i and the broader Asia-Pacific region to advance their coastal management and environmental planning endeavors. Other duties as assigned by the DURP chair and/or Sea Grant director.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in planning or a closely related field from an accredited college, university or foreign equivalent; ABDs will be considered only if all degree requirements will be met before August 1, 2020; ABDs must submit a letter from their committee chair attesting that the dissertation and all degree requirements will be completed prior to the date of hire; demonstrated experience and knowledge in one or more of these areas: coastal management, coastal hazards, climate change adaptation, urban development and environmental quality, urban ecology; demonstrated ability to effectively teach courses on coastal management and environmental planning and policy, and to mentor students.

Desirable qualifications: Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research; demonstrated ability to generate extramural funding; ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team in cooperative, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary  endeavors; research and experience in coastal zone issues such as climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, coastal storms, hazard mitigation, and mitigating near-shore marine pollution; research and/or relevant experience in Hawai'i and the Asia Pacific Region; expertise in research methods including, but not limited to, survey sampling and research, statistical and econometric analysis, Geographic Information System (GIS), and in the human dimensions of ocean/coastal management, planning, or policy.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.To Apply:

Electronic applications only to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii.edu and search for Position Number 84838 (.75 FTE DURP) and 85952 (.25 Sea Grant) job# (2019-01081) to submit an application. A complete application package includes a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, curriculum vitae (signed and dated), statement of teaching interests, sample course syllabus (if applicable, to be uploaded to the "Add supplemental attachment" section of the document uploads), and contact information for three professional references. Finalists must be prepared to submit student evaluations for courses taught and official transcripts. Copies of transcripts are acceptable, = but the official transcripts will be required upon hire. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions: Associate Professor Priyam Das, Department Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Continuous Recruitment: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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