This page lists the current available positions as part of the Network for Engineering With Nature. Please follow the links to apply or learn more about each individual position.

Modeling and Monitoring Position

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/222002

The College of Engineering wishes to appoint a Post-Doctoral Scholar to work on a grant funded research project: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineering with Nature Initiative for a period of 1 year with additional employment dependent on the needs of the project. In this role they will be work under the direct supervision of Dr. C. Brock Woodson, Associate Professor, and Associate Director for Engineering and Natural Science, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, at the College of Engineering’s School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (ECAM). This invitation is for the candidate to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Georgia who are engaged in a cooperative research project between the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

This project is highly specialized due to the incorporation of nature-based systems. Candidates should have a PhD in hydrology, water resources engineering, coastal engineering, or related field; and are expected to have a demonstrated high level of expertise in developing monitoring techniques and tools. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to thrive in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and the ability to conceptualize and implement high quality/high impact engineering research projects. In addition, applicants showing a demonstrated interest in working across disciplinary boundaries at the upland-aquatic interface to examine the physical responses of nature-based systems to coastal environments will be given preference. 

Education Position

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/221826

The Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems at the University of Georgia is hiring a 1 year postdoc position, with possibility of renewal, focused on science and engineering education. The individual hired will work as part of an interdisciplinary team from the University of Georgia and the United States Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC). The project is part of the Education initiative of the Network for Engineering with Nature (n-ewn.org). The postdoc will work with the broader team to train students and professionals in the theory and practice of nature-based solutions, emphasizing integrative systems thinking, interdisciplinarity, empathy, and equity to develop holistic, socially situated solutions to complex climate adaptation problems. This initiative will result in a variety of educational outcomes reaching multiple audiences and ranging in scale from transportable lectures and modules on Engineering With Nature to degree-scale curricula and internship programs. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating these activities with partners from diverse disciplines and sectors. 

Candidates must have a PhD in a related field (e.g., Science Education, Engineering Education, Anthropology, Geography, Ecology, Public Administration/Policy, Planning, Civil & Environmental Engineering). Experience working on interdisciplinary teams and working with novel forms of pedagogy is highly desired. Candidates should have outstanding communication skills and the ability to coordinate across large groups. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in informal education, professional training, curriculum development and/or outreach.  

Social Equity Position

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/225339

The Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems at the University of Georgia is hiring a 1 year postdoc position, with possibility of renewal. The individual hired will work as part of an interdisciplinary team from the University of Georgia, the Tribal Nations Technical Center for Excellence (TNTCX), Tribal partners, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC). The project is funded by the Network for Engineering with Nature (https://n-ewn.org/) and is part of the People and Policies research theme. The postdoc will work with the broader team to develop and direct research related to Nature-Based Solutions and water resources planning. The objective is to co-design and implement methodologies and methods to incorporate a range of worldviews on landscapes and waterscapes into the technical, procedural, and operational aspects of water resource management and engineering planning. The position will be co-supervised by Brian Bledsoe, Director, IRIS, and Professor, College of Engineering, and Don Nelson, Professor, Department of Anthropology.

Candidates must have a PhD in a related field (e.g. Anthropology, Geography, Ecology, Public Planning, Hydrology). Experience working with Tribal Nations and on interdisciplinary teams is highly desired.

Hydrodynamic Modeling Position

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/221825

The College of Engineering wishes to appoint a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on a grant funded research project: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Engineering with Nature® Initiative for a period of 1 year with additional employment dependent on the needs of the project. In this role they will be work under the direct supervision of Dr. Brian Bledsoe, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), at the College of Engineering’s School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (ECAM). This invitation is for the candidate to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Georgia who are engaged in a cooperative research project between the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center.

This project is highly specialized due to the incorporation of natural-based infrastructure systems. Candidates must have a PhD in engineering, hydrology, geomorphology, or related area; and are expected to have a demonstrated high level of expertise in modeling of hydraulics, sediment transport, and river processes. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to thriving in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and the ability to conceptualize and implement high quality/high impact engineering research projects. 

Spatial Prioritization for Nature-Based Solutions

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/232274

The postdoctoral research associate will develop a framework for the spatial prioritization of landscapes for their potential to benefit from natural infrastructure solutions (or nature-based solutions, NBS) to address flood risk, water quality, species habitat, and other social and ecological benefits. This postdoc will coordinate and execute our work with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to develop a framework and geospatial tool(s) for the prioritization of landscape elements with respect to natural infrastructure solutions in the context of engineering decision-making and civil works projects. This process will allow stakeholders to visualize and prioritize geographic areas where natural infrastructure solutions might maximize multiple ecosystem services. The postdoc will coordinate team members (faculty, students, USACE partners, NGO partners), review literature, build a conceptual model, collect and manage spatial data, conduct analyses, build a spatially-explicit prioritization tool, and write reports/articles for various outlets.

Candidate must have a doctorate in a relevant discipline (e.g., natural resource management, environmental engineering, hydrology, fisheries/wildlife) with expertise in geospatial analysis, particularly as it relates to support of conservation decision-making or the identification and prioritization of landscape elements for conservation, management, or engineering actions.

Biodiversity

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ERDC-EL-2021-0024

This postdoctoral scholar will generally examine how engineering and design practices can more seamlessly incorporate biodiversity as both a design outcome and a benefit to engineering performance. Specifically, this position will focus on long-term asset management of dams and other freshwater infrastructure (e.g., decisions about removal, repair, divestment, etc.).  Additionally, the position will collaborate closely with other NEWN investigators on a variety of other cutting-edge topics related to natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions. 

Candidates should be pursuing or have a Ph.D. in engineering, infrastructure planning, asset management, or other related sciences. You should demonstrate strong research skills and experience developing and/or applying these skills in the context of applied environmental and water management issues. Additionally, excellent written and oral communication skills are needed for close collaboration with a large team of scientists and engineers, presentation of findings, and preparation of manuscripts. Desirable qualifications include familiarity with natural infrastructure, engineering practices, dam management, and socio-ecological systems.