Postdoctoral Scholars in Coastal Hazards
University of Washington, Washington, United States
Apply before: 6 December 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar in Coastal Hazards in the Pacific Northwest

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington seeks to fill multiple postdoctoral positions that will address coastal hazards in a subduction zone setting. The postdoctoral scholars will join the Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub (Cascadia CoPes Hub), which is focused on increasing coastal resiliency among communities in the US Pacific Northwest. We are seeking postdoctoral scholars to participate in this convergent research project that will address both chronic (climate-change-induced) and acute (earthquake-induced) coastal hazards along the Cascadia margin. The successful candidates will join a cohort of several postdocs spread across partner institutions who will work collaboratively on a wide range of project components from seismic hazards, to coastal inundation, to community planning and engagement.

The postdoctoral candidates will work on a variety of projects including:

  • Quantify the timing and locations of landslides within or adjacent to coastal communities and use landscape evolution models to explore long-term geomorphic response to earthquakes.
  • Develop probabilistic and time-dependent estimates of the vertical land movement over the next century for the Cascadia coastline; assess relative elevations of land and sea given interseismic and coseismic events, adjusted for glacial and water loading effects.
  • Develop unified earthquake-tsunami source models and coupled HPC simulations for a range of Cascadia earthquake scenarios.

Candidates will be expected to conduct research related to the project goals, design research products that can be utilized by others in the project team as well as end-users, and lead the production of peer-reviewed publications. Some postdocs will also be actively engaged in disseminating products and new knowledge to community partners and the public.

The postdoctoral scholar positions are a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term appointment. Reappointment for an additional year is possible, contingent on satisfactory research progress. The positions will be housed in the department of Earth and Space Sciences ( at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, Washington. The successful candidates are expected to start the position anytime between January-September 2022. Inquiries can be directed to any of the faculty who are involved in the project, including Dr. David Schmidt (dasc, Dr. Alison Duvall (aduvall, Dr. Erin Wirth (ewirth, Dr. Harold Tobin (htobin, or Dr. Juliet Crider (criderj

University of Washington (UW) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The UW is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( All UW employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment.


  • PhD (at the time of appointment) in geology, geophysics, engineering geology, or a related field.
  • Expertise in one or more areas:
    • Landslide mapping from digital products
    • Landscape evolution modeling
    • Strong ground motions and/or earthquake simulations
    • Synthesis of geodetic data and crustal deformation modeling
    • Statistics and probabilistic methods
  • Relevant skills include:
    • Analytic and/or computer programming skills, depending on the project.
    • Strong technical writing, communication, and time management skills.
    • The ability to work independently, while also collaborating with a large interdisciplinary research team, and a willingness to engage the community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge and experience working in coastal hazards projects.
  • Experience and interest in community engagement and transdisciplinary science.

Application Instructions
To submit an application, prepare a single PDF that includes the following information:

  • Letter of interest describing how your qualifications and experiences have prepared you for this postdoctoral position (1 page).
  • A research statement that highlights your research accomplishments and describes your career goals (2 pages or less).
  • Curriculum Vitae with publications and other research products (no length restriction).
  • Names and contact information for three references (1 page).

Application materials should be submitted to a Google form ( or emailed to, and will be evaluated beginning December 6th, 2021. New applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

Best Wishes,

Alison Duvall (she/her)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington, Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195-1310

Of interest for:
  • Coastal Working Group