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Seeking Postdoctoral and Post-master’s Applicants for the J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellow

The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program seek postdoctoral and post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience across the Great Lakes region. Together, these programs will fund a state Science-Policy Fellow position, named in honor of a longtime Sea Grant coastal engineering expert Phil Keillor, to celebrate his legacy in building resilience in Wisconsin communities. The Fellow will work closely with Wisconsin Coastal Management Program’s Coastal Hazards Work Group, Sea Grant’s coastal engineer, local government representatives, and researchers from a variety of fields to tackle the important challenge of connecting science related to coastal processes – including flooding, erosion, and storms – with communities that could benefit from the information.

This Fellowship position provides a unique educational and career opportunity for a recent graduate interested both in coastal resources and the policy decisions affecting those resources in Wisconsin. The program places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate within a state agency full-time for one year, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to address water issues while receiving valuable real-world science-policy experience from the resource professionals who serve as mentors. These mutual partnerships result in advancing science to support policy decisions as well as valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the workforce. The fellowship provides strong mentoring and relationship-building with an emphasis on the Fellow’s professional development and success.

There is significant flexibility in the specific questions and approaches that the Fellow will tackle and employ, and we seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds including social sciences, engineering, resource management, geology, geography, meteorology, ecological modeling, limnology, etc. The Fellow should be prepared to pursue projects and opportunities according to their interests within the fellowship in addition to gaining experience addressing immediate programmatic needs. There are many opportunities for the Fellow’s work to help communities facing hazardous conditions. Some specific opportunities include:

  • Assist the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant in building resilience in Wisconsin coastal communities. Depending on skills and interest, the fellow may develop mapping tools, create educational materials, communicate with stakeholders, provide technical assistance, participate in community engagement or coordinate meetings.
  • Help finalize updates to and provide guided outreach on Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Coastal Processes Manual (3rd Ed). This manual demonstrates methods to assess the threat of hazards like flooding, shoreline erosion, and dangerous currents and waves to coastal properties and communities. Efforts may include assisting with editing and production, coordinating outreach events and trainings, and developing tools or hazard data to support use of the manual.
  • Provide support and participate in activities of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program – attend Wisconsin Coastal Management Council meetings, assist with annual grants program, update the grants program StoryMap, facilitate workshops and other trainings, and engage in other WCMP initiatives.
  • Provide support and participate in activities of the Wisconsin Sea Grant Program – attend team meetings, assist with research, fellowship, internship, or outreach projects.
  • Build on successful previous and ongoing efforts addressing coastal resiliency, such as Collaborative Action for Lake Michigan Resilience (CALM). Engage with and support existing networks of local, state, federal and university partners that are working collaboratively on coastal resilience.
  • Communicate coastal resilience science and policy work at state, regional, and national conferences.

This Fellow is intended to be stationed in downtown Madison with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program at the Department of Administration, and will work with researchers from across the state, region and country, as well as stakeholders and policy-makers in Wisconsin. The fellowship mentor team will include Kate Angel and Mike Friis (Wisconsin Coastal Management Program) and Drs. Adam Bechle and Jennifer Hauxwell (Wisconsin Sea Grant). The position requires occasional travel, including overnight stays. Most WCMP staff members work hybrid schedules, and a similar work arrangement may be available to the fellow, with the expectation that the fellow is regularly available for in-office work and meetings.

We welcome applications from underrepresented candidates and anyone passionate about using science to better serve Wisconsin’s Great Lakes communities. UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. Wisconsin Sea Grant is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

More detail on the fellowship is here – https://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Wisconsin-Keillor-Fellowship-Announcement-2023.pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hauxwell at [email protected].

Application Deadline: March 5, 2023