Postdoctoral Scholar with Professor Kristen Davis

$53,460 – 55,596 * Based on qualifications and experience
Will remain open until filled

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position beginning September 2020.

The Coastal Dynamics Laboratory at UCI is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate offshore macroalgal cultivation and the influence of aquaculture on coastal ecosystems. Heightened demand for macroalgae and derived products requires innovation in design and new solutions to support its sustainable cultivation in the ocean. The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers to use a macroalgal growth model that accounts for hydrodynamically mediated biological processes like the enhancement of nutrient uptake due to turbulence within canopy flows, plant motion and waves. The macroalgal growth model is an important part of a larger modeling system that will be used for locating optimal farm sites, evaluating farm designs for structural soundness under rough ocean conditions, assessing new macroalgal cultivation techniques and operational procedures to maximize productivity, and for predicting the influence of cultivation on coastal ecosystems.

Qualifications: Organizational and communication skills, creativity in methodological development and an understanding of basic experimental design and statistical analyses are required for this position. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as the postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with other PIs, post docs and graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate must have a doctorate in oceanography, marine science, ecology or a related field from an accredited university. The preferred candidate will have experience in fluid dynamics, ecology and some numerical modeling, as well as the demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with Kristen Davis, associate professor, ( and her research group. Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period, renewable subject to performance for another 12-months. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications and contact information for three references. Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.