Ocean Career: ODU Research Faculty Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

The Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR) advances the practice of coastal resilience and adaptation by engaging with communities, organizations, and businesses to develop and deploy solutions based on integrated, innovative, and applied research.

These positions are part of the launch of a unique collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

In support, ODU seeks to hire four Research Professors (Associate or Assistant rank) who can serve as a cohort to launch this collaboration that will unite the resources of ODU and CBF to assist localities, communities, organizations, and businesses in meeting the Commonwealth’s coastal resilience goals. These faculty will be part of ODU’s ICAR in four areas identified in collaboration with stakeholders to fill critical gaps in innovation and technical assistance needed to build resilience and support adaptation at the local, regional, and state levels. In all positions, expertise on the use of natural and nature-based features is highly desired. One position will be filled in each of the following areas:

  • Geospatial Analysis for Resilience
  • Resilience Planning and Plan Integration
  • Resilient Engineering and Design, with a focus on natural and nature-based features
  • Natural Resource Economics for Resilience

Job Description

We seek faculty members with expertise in the theory, methodology, application, and implementation of resilience and adaptation action in the above areas. Most importantly, faculty members should have a specific interest in conducting applied research and translating science to action to assist localities, communities, organizations, and businesses with making measurable progress toward resilience and adaptation goals. These four faculty hires will work collaboratively as a cohort and with other ODU teaching and research faculty, CBF, other ICAR partners, and end users across Virginia to:

  • Co-produce applied resilience and adaptation research with ODU faculty, ICAR partners, and stakeholders
  • Identify innovative opportunities for resilience and adaptation engineered projects reducing natural hazard and climate change risk and assist localities with applying for grants to fund and implement these projects, with a focus on innovations that promote or layer natural and nature-based features
  • Identify novel ways to calculate the benefits and costs of resilience and adaptation projects, including valuing equity and natural and nature-based features.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to localities and organizations focusing on integrating plans and practices to improve resilience and implement climate change adaptation and on scoping and designing community-scale resilience and adaptation projects
  • Conduct design charrettes, knowledge exchanges, and engagements in communities on resilience and adaptation
  • Translate scientific and technical information for use by stakeholders in funding and implementing applied projects
  • Document best practices and progress in the scholarly and applied literature

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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