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USGS Mendenhall Fellowship 22-24. Simulation of granular fluids for cascading hazard investigation
U.S. Geological Survey, , United States
Apply before: 1 November 2023

The next cycle of the USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program provides several opportunities to study Earth surface dynamics and related research fields. More details on the program including other opportunities, qualifications, application procedures, pay and benefits, and a complete list of research opportunities can be found at

To be considered for this fellowship, candidates must have successfully completed a Ph.D. in an area described in the Research Opportunity before employment begins. The U.S. Federal Government gives *strong priority to U.S. citizens and nationals*, but for these two-year positions, noncitizens may be considered under certain circumstances. See further information on Qualifications at

The research proposal is the most important part of the application package, and applicants are strongly urged to coordinate the development of the proposal with the Research Advisors. Research opportunities will open on USAJobs ( on September 5, and applicants may apply after that date. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1, 2023. If interested, it is recommended that you contact the research advisors of the opportunities listed below immediately.

A summary of this position is as follows:

Simulation of the movement of granular fluids over complex terrain is a core tool for assessing a wide range of geophysical hazards, from the growth and runout of postfire debris flows to the generation of landslide displacement waves. We seek a Mendenhall to advance the theory, numerics, software, validation, or application of granular fluid modeling in service of hazard assessment.

Of interest for:
  • Marine Working Group
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Chesapeake Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Human Dimensions Focus Research Group
  • Geodynamics Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group
  • Coastal Vulnerability Initiative
  • Continental Margin Initiative
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Initiative
  • Modeling Platform Interoperability Initiative
  • River Network Modeling Initiative