Post Doctoral Scholar: Nature-based Solutions for Mitigating Flood Impacts

Position ID: PDS#411

We seek a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in ecosystem services and spatial modeling to join a NOAA-funded interdisciplinary project on the social costs of flooding. The researcher will lead an effort to integrate flood inundation modeling with ecosystem services frameworks to estimate impacts of flooding at regional to continental scales. Our goal is to assess the role of nature-based solutions (e.g. wetland or floodplain restoration) in mitigating flood impacts on downstream communities, with a particular focus on inequities of these impacts among racial, income, and other socio-economic groups.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in social or natural sciences with clear training and publications in ecosystem services. Strong skills in programming, geospatial modeling and analysis, and integrating large and diverse datasets are essential. Demonstrated experience and interest in collaborating within large interdisciplinary groups (i.e., natural and social scientists and engineers) is important. There will be opportunities to develop mentoring skills while working with undergraduate students and graduate research fellows.

The postdoc will be co-supervised by three UVM faculty: Beverley Wemple (, Taylor Ricketts (, and Brendan Fisher ( Please contact any of these people for more information.

Anticipated start date January 1, 2023, but there is some flexibility for the ideal candidate. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply: please send a CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID PDS#411.