|Salary:||£36,386 to £51,805 per annum (Grade 7/8)|
|Placed On:||3rd February 2023|
|Closes:||3rd April 2023|
£36,386 to £42,155 per annum (Grade 7) or
£43,414 to £51,805 per annum (Grade 8)
Impact of sea-level rise on atoll islands
The University of Plymouth is inviting applications for a 3-year Research Fellow position in coastal dynamics, with a possible 2-year extension for a suitable candidate. The position is associated with the 5-year UKRI-funded research project ‘Natural adaptation of coral reef islands to sea-level rise offering opportunities for ongoing human occupation’. This research project, referred to as ARISE, involves a large team of academics and PhD students based at the University of Plymouth, international collaborators, and project partners in the Maldives and the Pacific.
ARISE addresses the notion that coral reef islands are considered one of the most vulnerable environments to climate change with most of them predicted to be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century because of sea-level rise. However, these forecasts are based on relatively simple hydrodynamic models that consider the islands immobile, whereas, when overwashed during storms, the islands can vertically accrete due to sediment deposition. It hypothesised that overwash is key to atoll island survival, but further research is required to increase our quantitative understanding of overwash processes and transform the enhanced insights into practice by developing management tools.
The overarching aim of the ARISE project is to revolutionise our capability to model the physical impacts of sea-level rise on atoll islands to aid in the formulation, development and implementation of transformative climate-change adaptation strategies for atoll island communities. You will play a fundamental role in addressing this aim by being involved with all aspects of the project. Specifically, you will take a leading role in planning and conducting ground-breaking laboratory experiments in the Delta Flume and comprehensive field campaigns in the Maldives and Pacific. You will also be responsible for the analysis of these unique data sets and contribute to the development, calibration and validation of hydro- and morphodynamic numerical models by collaborating with other members of the ARISE team. This is an exciting chance to be part of a progressive and cutting-edge University in a beautiful location and work within a supportive team of world-leading coastal researchers.
You have a PhD in Marine Science, Oceanography, Coastal Engineering or cognate subject, and have published from your PhD resesarch. You have experience in collecting field data in the coastal/marine environment and posses excellent numeracy skills required for analysing large data sets. Numerical modelling skills are desirable, but not are not required (although a willingness to acquire modelling skills is necessary). You are someone who likes working in a team, but you are also self-motivated and able to work independently. Experience in supervising or mentoring junior staff/researchers/students is desirable, but is not required. A strong affinity for the coastal/marine environment is essential.
A relocation package is available with this role (max. £3,500), conditions apply.
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Gerd Masselink by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 12 Midnight, Sunday 2nd April 2023
Interviews are likely to take place week commencing Monday 17th April 2023.
This is a full-time working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 3 years due to funding.
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