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Institute of Marine Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar, Economics of Flood Risk & Nature-based Solutions (Open until filled. Apply by 4/9/21)

Application Window

Open March 11th, 2021 through Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work on the economics of flood risk & nature-based solutions. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the direction of Professor Michael Beck in the Coastal Resilience Lab and will help assess flood risk and the risk reduction benefits of nature-based solutions such as reefs and wetlands at local to global scales. The incumbent will join a team of ecologists, engineers, geologists and spatial analysts to advance several collaborative projects with partners from the insurance industry (e.g., AXA), the World Bank, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The incumbent will advance the economic data used on a variety of flood risk analyses that consider past, present and future flood risk with and without habitats. The incumbent will have opportunities to work in and oversee components on projects that include nature in risk industry models; FEMA Benefit: Cost Analysis for coral reef restoration in the US Virgin Islands; development of risk analyses that consider the socio-economic impacts of floods and flood reduction benefits of marshes in south San Francisco Bay; and support the development of innovative financing tools that leverage the benefits of nature for flood risk reduction.

Applicants with experience or expertise in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Experience in economic assessment of flood risk and risk reduction benefits of mitigation and adaptation projects.
  • Experience in the valuation of flood reduction benefits from habitats.
  • Experience in environmental or ecosystem service valuation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work and develop partnerships across a suite of academic research groups, industry partners, Non-Governmental Organizations, and government agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interest in translating work into peer-reviewed publications in academic journals and other popular communication outlets.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Commensurate with qualifications and experience with a minimum annual salary of $55,000. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in economics or environmental & natural resource economics or similar discipline.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment. The duties of the position will be completed remotely, but once the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, work will resume on campus.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be emailed to Professor Michael W. Beck, AXA Chair in Coastal Resilience (

Please refer to Position #JPF00999-21T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required).
  • Curriculum vitae (required).
  • Please include a list of three references, containing their name, address, phone number and email (required).

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 9, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California