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Senior Coastal Modeler

University of California Santa Cruz

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeLocation1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsFull Job Description

Senior Coastal Modeler

Position overview

Position title: Senior Coastal Modeler (Associate Specialist – Specialist ranks)

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, (see current rates, refer to the individual salary scale for the
Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year in the UCSC Salary Scales).

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: December 6, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jan 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position
Senior Coastal Modeler in the Coastal Resilience Lab. Under the direction of Drs. Michael Beck and Borja Reguero, the coastal modeler will model risks due to storms and sea-level rise in reef and wetland environments. The positions assigned duties include the following: develop and run model simulations for coastal hazard mitigation and ecosystem restoration scenarios; assemble and synthesize hydrodynamic, geologic, and ecologic data sets (both field- and model-based) for inclusion in an integrated spatial prioritization of sites where coral reefs protect adjacent human communities from flood and erosion risks; work on solutions-focused research alongside interdisciplinary experts on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Defense; and contribute to the preparation of publications

The selected candidate will have ample opportunities to work on projects supported by and done in collaboration with USGS, the US Army Corps, and researchers from other campuses and the private sector.

The position requires that the incumbent successfully collaborate and work as a member of a large team, demonstrate intellectual independence and critical thinking, possess programming and modeling skills, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

Applicants with expertise coastal protection design and engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Institute of Marine Sciences:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A masters degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in coastal engineering or a related field.
A minimum of ten years of experience in numerical modeling of coastal processes including the following: coastal modeling programs including X-Beach, Delft3D, or other similar models; Python, Matlab or other programming languages; GIS and geospatial analysis; coastal observation technologies; and numerical hydrodynamic and morphologic modeling (wave run-up, flood and storm-surge inundation, coastal erosion and sediment dynamics).

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter – Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

Reference requirements

3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSCs confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the Universitys equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

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