Postdoctoral position, Offshore Aquaculture and Coastal Ecosystems – University of California, Irvine

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Offshore Aquaculture and Coastal Ecosystems

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Salary Range: $47,268 – $51,120
Start Date: June 2018 (preferred, but negotiable)
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Prof. Kristen Davis in the Coastal Dynamics Laboratory at UC Irvine is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate offshore macroalgal cultivation and the influence of aquaculture on coastal ecosystems.  Heightened demand for macroalgae and derived products requires innovation in design and new solutions to support its sustainable cultivation in the ocean. The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers to develop a macroalgal growth model that accounts for hydrodynamically-mediated biological processes like the enhancement of nutrient uptake due to turbulence within canopy flows, plant motion, and waves.  The macroalgal growth model will be an important part of a larger modeling system that will be used for locating optimal farm sites, evaluating farm designs for structural soundness under rough ocean conditions, assessing new macroalgal cultivation techniques and operational procedures to maximize productivity, and for predicting the influence of cultivation on coastal ecosystems.

Qualifications: Organizational and communication skills, creativity in methodological development, and an understanding of basic experimental design and statistical analyses are required for this position. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as the postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with other PIs, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in oceanography, marine science, ecology, or a related field. The preferred candidate will have experience in fluid dynamics, ecology, and would have some numerical modeling experience, as well as the demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with Prof. Kristen Davis ( and her research group.  Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period, renewable subject to performance for another 12 months. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications, and contact information for three references. Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Information on postdoctoral appointments and resources at UC Irvine is available at

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