Post-Doctoral Opportunity in Estuarine Sedimentation – Center for Coastal Studies

All, I am excited to announce a Post-Doctoral opportunity in estuarine sedimentation to support tidal restoration. The full position description is attached.  

Project: The Herring River Restoration Project is being planned and will be undertaken by a partnership comprised of the Town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts; Cape Cod National Seashore; several other federal and state agencies and local advocacy groups. Restoration of tidal influence to the Herring River through the replacement of tidally restrictive flow structures is expected to promote reestablishment of hundreds of acres of inter-tidal salt marsh and associated habitats and ecological functions. However, there are several concerns about uncertain outcomes and potential unintended consequences. Among these are changes to sediment transport and nutrient flows that may negatively impact local resources. Potential impacts to the abundant and financially valuable aquaculture operations in the receiving waters of Wellfleet Harbor are a particular concern. Development and implementation of rigorous, science-based monitoring protocols are needed to fully understand and document the pre-restoration baseline conditions and to support meaningful projections of future conditions with the Herring River undergoing tidal restoration. Data and analyses derived from this study will also be incorporated into the project’s detailed, quantitative decision-analysis process and adaptive management plan. Detailed information about the Herring River Project can be found at http://www.friendsofherringriver.org

Position: The primary focus is study design, implementation, and deployment of field instrumentation and other data collection that will quantitatively capture the processes that drive fine-grained (suspended load and bedload) sediment transport between the river and the harbor. This position is based at the Center for Coastal Studies’ Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown, MA. This is a fully funded, full-time position with benefits for a 3-year appointment. Extension of the position beyond the 3-year term is anticipated, pending future funding and project needs. A rough breakdown of work-related duties is 40% field, 30% lab, 20% data entry/management and 10% other duties as assigned. The PD will be guided by a post-doctoral review committee comprised of the primary CCS supervisor and staff from Cape Cod National Seashore, the Herring River project team, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the USGS at Woods Hole. 

•    To apply, send CV, Letter of Interest, references, and writing sample to:

Post-Doc Review Committee
Center for Coastal Studies, Hiebert Marine Lab
5 Holway Ave., Provincetown, MA 02657

Or by email to: mark.borrelli@umb.edu
Cc: mborrelli@coastalstudies.org

•    Applications are due no later than close of business June 19, 2020.

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