We are seeking a highly motivated scholar to join a multi-disciplinary 
research team at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) to 
participate in an NSF Coupled Human-Natural Systems award 
entitled, “Restoration and Resilience in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: 
Reciprocal Dynamics of a Coastal Lagoon” (NSF Award #1617374). The project 
is focused on the impact of community-based oyster reef restoration and 
living shoreline stabilization on the broader ecosystem and the people of 
the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Research is located along the east coast of 
central Florida in Canaveral National Seashore and directly north of the 
park boundaries in Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve.  Although the IRL is 
federally listed as an “estuary of national significance”, many now refer 
to it as an “estuary in peril” due to recent harmful algal blooms, fish 
kills, and habitat loss. The research team consists of biologists, 
biogeochemists, engineers, social scientists, and GIS experts 
collaboratively seeking to understand of the mechanisms by which human 
engagement in ecosystem restoration promotes beneficial feedbacks within 
CNH systems to enhance resilience. 
*Position Description*

Applicants should be willing and able to work across traditional scientific 
boundaries to address coastal questions with intertidal oyster reefs and 
estuarine shorelines on some or all of the following: integrating system-
wide impacts of restoration on the estuary, the role of sea level rise in 
restoration success, local invasive species and harmful algal bloom 
ecology, and the impact of restoration on threatened and endangered wading 
birds and their prey.  There is also significant scope for novel, related 
project ideas. Outreach is essential to the success of this project and it 
is hoped that applicant is willing to engage with community members at 
restoration events and preK – 12 educators to share information on the 
project as well as other aspects of estuaries and restoration 
significance/success.  Examples of community engagement events can be found 
on Facebook at: UCF Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab.

Individual should be available to start by November 1, 2017.  Funding 
sources are NSF CNH program plus the new UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral 

Term of appointment will be for two years, contingent upon continued NSF 
support and above satisfactory performance and productivity metrics.  
Stipend will be commensurate with experience and based on available funding.

The postdoctoral fellow will devote most of his/her time to collaborative, 
interdisciplinary research.  If desired, a teaching opportunity may be 
possible later in the postdoctoral appointment (though not required).


Postdoctoral scholar must have PhD in relevant field (e.g. Biology, 
Environmental Science, Conservation, etc.) at time of hire as well as 
excellent quantitative, organizational, communication (written and oral), 
GIS and field skills.  Applicant must be knowledgeable or willing to learn 
small boat handling skills, and be willing to work collaboratively with 
faculty, other post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates supported on 
this award.

*How to Apply*

Please send the following information to Dr. Linda Walters via email at 
linda.walt...@ucf.edu as a single pdf document: 1) brief cover letter 
describing interests, motivations and career goals, 2) CV, 3) names and 
email addresses of 3 references, and copies of 2-3 peer-reviewed 
publications.  Please include “Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity” in the 
subject line and include the applicant’s last name in the file name.  
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with strongest 
consideration given to candidates that submit applications by 5 PM EST on 
August 31, 2017.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified 
applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans 
and individuals with disabilities.

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