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Post-doctoral and PhD opportunities, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
Applications are invited for two graduate research assistantships at the Ph.D. level (Fall 2018) and a postdoctoral fellowship (Jan., 2018) as a part of the National Science Foundation funded “PREEVENTS- Integrated modeling of hydro-geomorphic hazards: Floods, landslides and sediment”project, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington.
The overarching objective of this project is to improve our ability to forecast flood and landslide risks by integrating recently developed geomorphic modeling components (LandLab <http://landlab.github.io/#/>) into a mountain to coastline flood modeling framework (DHVSM <http://dhsvm.pnnl.gov/?TSPD_101_R0=06d92864b94be637f183671913bed056zg70000000000000000ca02164cffff000000000000000000000000000059debdea00f86b64a4>
and DELFT3D <https://oss.deltares.nl/web/delft3d>). The work specifically targets the challenges associated with incorporating sediment sources and fluxes into flood prediction and the multi-hazards associated with the co-occurrence of landsliding with flood events. The integrated modeling framework will be tested in two flood-prone coastal river systems in the PNW that  experience high sediment loading from hillslope and channel processes.
Selected candidates will work in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle, with a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in fluvial geomorphology and hillslope geology, hydrological, geomorphological and hydrodynamic modeling, hydrometeorological and climate science, and data and remote sensing analysis. This project also involves collaboration with federal and state agency partners from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS). Press release about the project and collaborators is posted on the UW Civil Engineering News <https://www.ce.washington.edu/news/article/2017-10-17/flood-and-landslide-risk-research-funded-nsf-grant>.
Three specific positions available
A Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) postdoc will be responsible for developing Delft3D hydrodynamic models of the Skagit River and Delta as well as select reaches in the White and Carbon Rivers. Demonstrated expertise in DELFT3D or 3D gridded hydrodynamic model application development and skills in MATLAB and PYTHON are desired. Candidates with PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences and related fields are encouraged.
A PhD level graduate student in CEE will work on Landlab model development and integration with the DHSVM distributed hydrology model (years 1, 2, 3, 4). Another 3-year PhD student in CEE (years, 2,3,4) will integrate the hydrodynamics model with the DHSVM-Landlab model and perform coupled simulations.
The CEE postdoc and PhD students will also work closely with a postdoc in Earth & Space Sciences (ESS), who will focus on investigating the upland geomorphic response and the role of glacier retreat.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in the CEE postdoctoral position and the PhD position on numerical model integration should email both Dr. Alex Horner-Devine (
arhd@uw.edu) and Dr. Nirnimesh Kumar (nirni@uw.edu).  Candidates interested in Landlab model development and integration should contact both Dr. Erkan Istanbulluoglu (erkani@uw.edu) and Dr. Christina Bandaragoda (cband@uw.edu).
Please provide a complete CV with your email. Graduate students are encouraged to apply directly to CEE: https://apps.grad.uw.edu/applForAdmiss/
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