PhD position in coastal dune restoration and barrier evolution

Arizona State University, Arizona, United States
Apply before: 16 October 2017

A funded PhD position is available at Arizona State University with Dr. Ian Walker on a collaborative research project with the US Fish & Wildlife Service on coastal dune restoration in Arcata, California. The position contributes to a larger ongoing project on coastal resiliency to climatic variability impacts and sea-level rise. The research will entail some combination of fieldwork, wind tunnel simulations, and modelling of beach-foredune sediment budgets, airflow-sediment transport interactions, and evolution of foredune barrier systems. Experience with landscape simulation modelling approaches grounded with empirical observations is considered a strong asset.

We encourage applications from enthusiastic and diligent students who enjoy fieldwork and have first class academic standing. Strong training in geomorphology (coastal and/or aeolian preferred) and sediment transport processes is necessary. Additional training in coastal dune ecology, terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), wind tunnel simulations, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and/or morphodynamic modelling is considered advantageous.

Duties may include: fieldwork in remote areas involving occasional lifting or hiking with equipment; long-haul and 4x4 driving; conducting GPS and TLS land surveys; field experiments with sensitive instrumentation; wind tunnel simulations; as well as project planning, data post-processing and analyses, and writing of technical reports and research manuscripts. The candidate must also work well in team settings with other students, researchers, and volunteers.

The student may register in a PhD program in either the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning (SGSUP) or the School of Earth & Space Exploration (SESE). More information on program requirements here:

Interested applicants should submit: i) copies of grade transcripts, ii) GRE scores if available, iii) a statement of interest that links your experience and training to the position, and iv) contact information for 3 references that can speak to your research ability and potential. Proof of English proficiency may also be required for international applicants.

Review of applications will begin 16 October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is May 2017, although this is flexible.

Please do not hesitate to email me at ( with any questions on the position.


Ian J. Walker, BSc, PhD, Professor
Arizona State University
School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning (SGSUP)
School of Earth & Space Exploration (SESE)
Room 5548 Coor Hall, P.O. Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302, USA
Phone: (480) 965-5658; Fax: (480) 965-8313
twitter: @ij_walker

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