Coastal Risk and Climate Change Modeler

University of California, Santa Cruz
November 21, 2023
Offerd Salary:$79,300
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Working Time:Full time
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Position overview

Position title: Coastal Risk and Climate Change Modeler (Assistant Project Scientist)

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Project Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $79,300 - 95,600.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: January 8, 2024

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for two (2) years, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: August 25, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Sep 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 21, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Coastal Resilience Lab and the Institute of Marine Sciences (https: // at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invite applications for a coastal risk and climate change modeler , who will work under the direction of Dr. Michael Beck and in close collaboration with Dr. Borja Reguero. The Coastal Risk and Climate Change Modeler will play a vital role in modeling and assessing the risks associated with storms and sea- level rise in reef and wetland environments around the world.

The successful applicant will develop and implement large-scale methodologies for evaluating flood risk in coastal areas across different climate change scenarios, and at regional to global scales, to better understand the potential impacts of climate change on coastal communities. The project scientist will also create and run model simulations that explore various coastal hazard mitigation strategies and ecosystem restoration scenarios. This work will contribute to enhancing the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities in the face of climate-related challenges.

Another crucial aspect of the role involves assisting with the development of climate services that can be readily integrated into the insurance industry. This integration will help foster a better understanding of coastal risks within the industry and facilitate more informed decision-making processes. Lastly, the modeler will perform data synthesis and geospatial analysis, which will include gathering and synthesizing diverse datasets encompassing hydrodynamic, geologic, ecologic, and socioeconomic factors, both from field observations and model-based sources. These datasets will be utilized in an integrated spatial prioritization approach to identify sites where coastal habitats can effectively protect adjacent human communities from flood and erosion risks.

The selected candidate will have the exciting opportunity to perform solutions-focused research on projects supported by organizations such as: the World Bank, USGS, the US Army Corps, FEMA, The Nature Conservancy, and alongside researchers from other academic institutions and the private sector. This collaborative environment will provide unique insights and networking opportunities within the field of coastal risk and climate change modeling. As such, the position requires that the incumbent successfully collaborate and work as a member of a large team, demonstrate intellectual independence and critical thinking, possess advanced programming and modeling skills, demonstrate strong communication skills, and contribute to the preparation of publications.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Experience with modeling programs like X-Beach, Delft 3D, SWAN, SFINCS, IH2VOF, IHFOAM.
  • Proficiency in statistics for wave climate analysis.
  • Experience with computational clusters.
  • Demonstrated experience in participation in multidisciplinary projects that involve ocean climate analysis, hydrodynamic modeling, geographic data processing, and socioeconomic analysis.
  • Familiarity with climate change models.
  • Demonstrated experience working with CIMP6 waves and storm surge projections.
  • Demonstrated publication record in high-impact journals.
  • The Coastal Resilience Lab : https: //


    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • A PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in coastal engineering, environmental engineering, or related field.
  • A minimum of four years as a postdoctoral scholar/fellow in coastal engineering, environmental engineering, or in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with numerical modeling of coastal processes; sourcing and processing geospatial data; and scripting language programs such as Python, MATLAB, etc.
  • Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include your publication record (required).

  • Cover Letter

  • Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required
  • Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

    All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at https://

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    Help contact: [email protected]

    Campus Information

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

    Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https: // www. The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https: //

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    Santa Cruz, California

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