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We are a partnership among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund, developing approaches and tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes.

Current open positions at The Natural Capital Project:



Internship Position: Development of the InVEST Seasonal Water Yield Model and Application in Kenya

The Natural Capital Project is a partnership among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund developing approaches for modeling ecosystem service change across land- and seascapes. We seek a motivated and diligent intern to support the development of water models for the InVEST software and their application in a project in Kenya.

The work will focus on the InVEST seasonal water yield model that is currently in development. The model aims to assess and value seasonal water provisioning services (water supply for irrigation, for hydropower with limited storage, etc.). The physical basis of the model is a five-parameter lumped rainfall-runoff model coupled with a water allocation scheme. The successful candidate will further the development of both modules by performing hydrological model testing, and refining the framework for the water resource management module.

This work will inform the ecosystem services assessment of the Tana watershed, Kenya, currently led by a partner organization. Following the model development, the candidate will apply the models to the Tana watershed and support NatCap scientists in their work.


Expected Tasks

  • Perform sensitivity analyses for the physical model and revise the proposed guidance for parameter selection (based on the relationships between calibrated parameters and catchment characteristics)
  • Review the water allocation scheme, compare it with current approaches found in the literature (e.g. WEAP)
  • Develop the practical methodology for the seasonal water model application for water funds
  • Run the model results for the Tana watershed, Kenya

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering
  • Experience with hydrological data management (processing time series of streamflow, concentration, etc.)
  • Experience working with collaborators with diverse backgrounds
  • Strong interest in water resources management
  • (Optional) Experience with WEAP, SWAT, or MIKE-SHE

Duration: 2-3 months
Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

How to Apply: Send a cover letter describing your experience and interest, as well as a CV and contact information for two references to perrine.hamel@stanford.edu with HYDRO INTERNSHIP in the subject.



Post-doctoral Coastal Engineer/Geophysicist

The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) and the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University seek a creative individual for a 1-2 year post-doc to develop and apply models quantifying the role that vegetation and reefs play in coastal hazard reduction.

The post-doc will work on models for quantifying the role that vegetation and reefs play in coastal hazard reduction. The post-doc will draw upon NatCap's existing models for coastal protection services provided by wetlands, segrasses, coral and oyster reefs, mangroves, and other coastal vegetation. Working with the SIGMA group (SImulations of Geophysical MultiphAse flows) led by Dr. Jenny Suckale, he/she will develop new computational approaches to modeling the interaction between the coastal ecosystem and the incoming flow. The position requires experience in wave, storm surge and/or nearshore circulation modeling, as well as knowledge of coastal erosion and sediment transport processes. Previous experience in developing numerical models for coupled systems of partial differential equations is highly desirable. The post-doc will also work with economists and social scientists to envision and specify novel connections with other disciplines to better value coastal ecosystems for hazard reduction and human well-being benefits. Finally, the post-doc will work closely with a team of software engineers to ensure the quantitative models are accessbile to users of NatCap's suite of ecosystem service models and contribute to the development of new web-based apps for environmental policy-makers. Thus, we seek candidates with broad interests and experience and curiosity for a diversity of fields of knowledge and types of projects.

The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is excited about working on collaborative projects for the social good.NatCap models are intended to aid in the support of coastal and marine management and to be general and widely applicable, so applicants must be passionate about creating simple, elegant, scientifically robust models for decision-making purposes.The successful applicant will support a variety of NatCap engagements that involve coastal hazard modeling, including development planning in the Bahamas and prioritization of investments in restoration and conservation in the US.

The position is located at Stanford University in the School of School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University. The post-doc with have a shared appointment with the Natural Capital Project and with Dr. Jenny Suckale's lab in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Some national and international travel is required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in civil engineering, coastal engineering, geology, geophysics, oceanography, or a similar field
  • Experience in wave, storm surge and/or nearshore circulation modeling, coastal erosion and sediment transport processes
  • Experience building and calibrating models, confronting them with limited data and expressing uncertainty
  • Excellent programming skills in C/C++, Matlab, or a suitable substitute
  • Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and interest in working with interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

How to Apply: For full consideration, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to Dr. Katie Arkema (karkema@stanford.edu) and Dr. Jenny Suckale (jsuckale@stanford.edu) with "Coastal Engineer/Geophysicist Post-doc Application" listed in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications August 1st, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled.

More information on the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among Stanford University, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Minnesota can be found at www.naturalcapitalproject.org. The webpage of the SIGMA lab led by Dr. Jenny Suckale is located at sigma.stanford.edu. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer, and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications.




Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications.