The Socio-Economics Lab in the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida seek an applied economist or quantitative social scientist interested in integrative coastal natural/human systems modeling. We seek a candidate with demonstrated ability and experience with quantitative methods to conduct research into complex natural resource and environmental issues. Core disciplinary expertise in economics is a preferred qualification, as is experience working in multidisciplinary research groups.

This is a 2-year position with a competitive salary and benefits package, generous travel budget, and potential for renewal (depending on performance and available funding). The position will start as soon as possible but the start date is flexible.

Responsibilities: The post-doc is expected to make significant contributions and assume leadership of ongoing research projects that will lead to peer-reviewed publications. Preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations is the top priority of the position. In addition, the post-doc is encouraged to propose new research projects, seek external funding, and participate in educational outreach initiatives targeted at the community and the general public.

The post-doctoral researcher will join an interdisciplinary team of academics focused on applying evidence-based insights into policy and management of coastal areas. The position will be based at the University of Central Florida’s main campus in Orlando, and will be supervised by Dr. Sergio Alvarez.

Ongoing projects in the socio-economics lab include:

  • Assessing the impact of harmful algae blooms (HABs) on Florida’s economy using econometric methods.
  • Assessing damages from hurricanes and other extreme weather events.
  • Development of decision support tools to improve emergency management, particularly for hurricanes and HABs.
  • Identifying climate change related vulnerabilities in the tourism industry.
  • Integrating human behavior into quantitative models of marine and coastal ecosystems.
  • Interdisciplinary risk assessments of compound flooding (rainfall + storm surge).
  • Integrative modeling of land use changes and their impact on the Food-Energy-Water nexus.
  • Monitoring and assessing the impact of HABs on beach recreation using unmanned aerial vehicles.

Qualifications • Doctoral Degree in Economics (including Resource or Environmental Economics), Resource Management, Marine Science, Environmental Studies/Science, or other related social science fields. • Demonstrated skills in statistical modelling and analysis, particularly econometrics. • Demonstrated skills in simulation models of human behavior. • Experience with programming or scripted analysis such as R, Stata, or similar language. • Experience with geospatial data and analysis. • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently. • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills. • Strong interest in applied research and coastal sustainability.

Send the following application materials by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter stating interest and qualifications
  • Research paper
  • Names and contact information of at least three references

This position is based at the University of Central Florida’s main campus in Orlando.