Post Doctoral Associate for Dr. Purkis

University of Miami

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The Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science, situated within the University of Miami has an exciting full time position for a Post-Doctoral Associate for at least one year in Prof. Sam Purkis lab.

BACKGROUND:This project will study hydroclimate and watershed dynamics in the “NEOM” area which encompasses the mountainous region of the northern Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba. The past is highly relevant for modern climate change because it helps us to understand the mechanisms regulating climate and, therefore, to correctly attribute the relative importance of the many factors contributing to climate change, including natural and anthropogenic forces. Key in the Middle East is the trajectory of increased temperature and aridity, interspersed with an increasing frequency of extreme weather – specifically winter rain/flood events. These extreme events deliver copious quantities of sediment onto nearshore reefs via wadi networks. Since sediment stifles reefs, understanding the frequency of extreme weather is crucial for understanding the spatial distribution of reef resilience, but will also yield important lessons for the urbanization of the Red Sea coastline with regard to the risk of flash floods.In the spirit of ridge-to-reef, the project will consider the wadi network of the NEOM watershed. This network is key to understanding the movement of sediment into the coastal zone and the flood risk posed by high-magnitude low-frequency flood events.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The candidate will: 1. Use state-of-the-art remote sensing methods to develop digital terrain models of the NEOM area.2. Merge these terrain models with offshore multibeam surveys.3. Assist in the assembly of climate records for the area and analyze these data to identify hydroclimate extremes.4. Analyze deep-sea sediment cores for climate proxies, including deposition of aeolian dust.5. Assist in the development of a geohazard record for the NEOM area (earthquakes, tsunamis, floods).6. Write peer-reviewed publications, reports, and assist in the ideation of proposals.

A Ph.D. in a related field is required.I seek a highly numeric candidate and favorably view a background in remote sensing, GIS, and computer science. Key factors in my hiring decision will be creativity, motivation, and productivity

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