• University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jan 15, 2022

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Job Description:

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida invites applications for a twelve-month, time-limited, full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Research Scientist in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment. This position is housed within the Center for Coastal Solutions.

The role of a successful candidate for this Research Scientist position is to advise and assist the Director and Associate Directors of the Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS) in planning, strategizing, managing, and reporting activities related to the Center’s research and technology development program. The successful candidate will conduct and manage cutting-edge research focused on integrating observations and biophysical models via innovative data assimilation techniques to identify drivers of coastal water quality hazard formation and behavior. These models are being applied to track and forecast coastal hazards and to simulate the effectiveness of potential policy, infrastructure investment and management actions, as well as to project changes in coastal ecosystems and landforms in response to future climate and management interventions. The candidate will be tasked with identifying opportunities and coordinating activities between the CCS field operations team (new data collection), data management and analytics team (data synthesis), and modeling team, as well as targeting opportunities to partner with groups within and outside of UF to accelerate the pace and impact of CCS research and development. Central to success in this position is experience in assimilating data into physical or biophysical models and managing large, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector partnerships. The research and project management activities required of this position will be collaborative and will involve developing and maintaining partnerships with private industry, government, NGO, and other academic organizations, which are critical for accelerating the development of innovative research approaches and solutions to coastal water quality and ecosystem health challenges.

This position will work with the Director and Associate Directors of the CCS to identify and pursue a range of federal, state, local and philanthropic funding opportunities, and prepare materials required for successful applications for such opportunities. This position will also help design and lead workshops, summits, other in-person or remote activities and data visualization products to increase the value of partner engagement in the CCS and promote CCS initiatives, technologies, training programs and other activities to broader research and education communities.

Applicants with a PhD in Computer Science, Physical, Chemical or Biological Oceanography, Coastal, Environmental, Agricultural, or Biological Engineering, or related field are encouraged to apply. We are seeking applicants with experience facilitating research and communication between academic and non-academic partners along with knowledge of management principles and practices, coastal hazards, policy and federal, state, and local regulations and grant programs.

The preferred candidate will have skills in effective writing, graphic development, data analysis, statistics, data-model integration, and similar technical areas. Applicants should possess the ability to organize administrative tasks and identify work priorities; work independently; present research to non-scientific audiences; organize and evaluate information for administrative purposes; prepare evaluative and comparative reports, and communicate effectively with UF staff, faculty, and students, as well as partners. The proportion of research versus development responsibilities in this role will be tailored to the successful applicant’s goals and strengths. This position provides the successful candidate an opportunity to contribute to, and take leadership in, leading-edge research projects in an academic setting.

The University of Florida Center for Coastal Solutions seeks to leverage innovative technologies, applied Artificial Intelligence, workforce training programs, and multi-sector collaboration to enable local communities, the state, and the nation to better track, forecast, mitigate, and prevent coastal hazards, improving the quality of life and economic health of coastal residents (see more at: In pursuit of this mission, the CCS, established in October 2020 and led by faculty in the HWCOE, is integrating expertise, resources, and workforce training capabilities drawn from across the University of Florida, ranging from the Warrington School of Business to Levin College of Law, College of Design, Construction and Planning, UF|IFAS, and the College of Medicine. The Center is applying an open-source model to developing solutions to the most pressing environmental, economic, and public health hazards facing coastal communities, forming extensive and rich partnerships with the public and private sector to drive innovation.

The University of Florida is the flagship campus of the State of Florida university system and is ranked as the #5 best public US university according to US News and World Report. UF recently announced a $70 million artificial intelligence partnership with NVIDIA to create an AI-centric data center that houses the world's fastest AI supercomputer in higher education. For more information about the college, please visit

Expected Salary:

Salary to commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

PhD in Computer Science, Physical, Chemical or Biological Oceanography, Coastal, Environmental, Agricultural, or Biological Engineering, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience facilitating research and communication between academic and non-academic partners along with knowledge of management principles and practices, coastal hazards, policy and federal, state, and local regulations and grant programs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately with the first full committee screening occurring on January 28, 2022, and will continue to receive applications until the positions are filled. You must apply by submitting an application through Careers at UF via (Search Job 520009). The application consists of attached PDF files of the following required documents: 1. Cover letter (summary and introduction; relate to hiring emphasis areas) 2. Curriculum vitae 3. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references, 4. Diversity Statement (including experience in working with diverse and underrepresented groups in engineering). For additional questions, contact Dr. Christine Angelini at

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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