Coastal Modeler; Institute of Marine Sciences

Job Title: 
Coastal Modeler
Job Location: 
Santa Cruz, California
Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the Coastal Modeler. Under the direction of Drs. Michael Beck and Borja Reguero, and in collaboration with the US Geological Survey (Dr. Curt Storlazzi), the Coastal Modeler will model risks due to storms and sea-level rise in coral reef environments. The successful applicant will develop and run model simulations for coastal hazard mitigation and ecosystem restoration scenarios. They will 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. The Coastal Modeler will work with a team of researchers from UCSC and USGS to run models for understanding flood risk along coral reef-lined coasts. There will be opportunities to contribute towards similar approaches in other environments and regions.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Numerical hydrodynamic and morphologic modeling (wave run-up, flood and storm-surge inundation, coastal erosion and sediment dynamics);
  • Experience with Deltares’ SWAN and XBeach models;
  • Programming (Matlab and Python);
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis skills;
  • Coastal protection design and engineering;
  • Coastal geomorphology;
  • Knowledge of GIS and geospatial analysis;
  • Knowledge of coastal reefs and other coastal ecosystem; and/or
  • Ability to work as part of a team with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Assistant or Associate Specialist, determined by qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications)

Minimum salary starting at $51,200, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • A MSc (or equivalent foreign degree) or a Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent foreign degree) with a minimum of two years’ experience post-baccalaureate at the time of application. Degree must be in coastal modeling, nearshore oceanography, geology, coastal engineering, or a related field that is relevant to the advertised position.
  • Experience with Matlab, Python and other programming languages as well as knowledge of geospatial analysis tools such as ArcGIS/ArcInfo.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Initial appointment will be full‐time for 1-year, 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.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00749-20T in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three 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 UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 30, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Please note that all jobs are automatically removed once the application deadline passes. Jobs without a deadline are automatically removed after 30 days.