Postdoctoral position at the University of Waikato, New Zealand
The University of Waikato, , New Zealand
Start reviewing process: 22 November 2022

The University of Waikato is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr Julia Mullarney from the Coastal Marine Group (Hamilton, New Zealand) and Associate Investigators Dr Rafael Tinoco (University of Illinois) and Dr William Nardin (University of Maryland). The project is entitled “Bridging the laboratory-field divide to accurately predict the evolution of coastlines” and is funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund. We seek scientists interested in studying turbulence and sediment transport in vegetated coastal environments over a variety of scales, with the aim of linking predictions of sediment transport across the small to large scale in a numerical model.

The ideal candidate will be able to provide evidence of the following skills and attributes:


  • Strong background in quantitative coastal physical sciences, with a high level of numerical ability.
  • PhD in physical oceanography, sediment transport, fluid dynamics, coastal engineering, marine sciences or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one (preferably two) of the following: (1) leading and conducting field work in an estuarine or similar environment, including understanding of calibration and deployment of suspended sediment, current and wave meters, and understanding of health and safety protocols, or (2) undertaking laboratory experiments of physical processes, (3) numerical modelling or data analysis of hydrodynamics and/or sediment transport.
  • Ability to analyse timeseries data in Matlab (or Fortran, Python).
  • A team-player who has a demonstrated ability to communicate professional and effectively with other team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects to deadlines and produce outputs of a high standard.


  • Demonstrated publication record in physical oceanography, sediment transport, fluid dynamics, coastal engineering, marine sciences or a related discipline.
  • Thorough understanding of small-scale turbulence, flows in vegetated environments, and estuarine sediment transport.
  • Experience with Delft3D modelling suite.
  • Experience with image processing.
  • An understanding of LINUX.

This is a 1.5 year, fixed-term position, with start date from 1 February 2023, (some flexibility anticipated). For more information on the research group see or questions may be addressed to

All applications must be submitted online at

Vacancy number: 420440

The position is open until filled but review of applications will start on 22 November (NZ time).



Associate Professor Julia Mullarney
Coastal Marine Group,
Co-leader, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Te Aka Mātuatua - School of Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Of interest for:
  • Marine Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group