Three new post-doctoral positions available!

Want to join the IRIS team? Check out these job postings:

Postdoctoral Research Associate AD: Biodiversity within Nature-Based Solutions 

  • Status: Posted
  • Posting Number: G/R10504P 
  • Posting Quick Link: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/175566
  • Search Committee: Seth Winger (Chair), Brian Bledsoe, and Virginia Talati (Pending HR Approval *** For some reason there is something weird with your profile in UGAJobs, I sent a request for HR to fix it and then you will have access to the postings.***)

Postdoctoral Research Associate AD: Economic Aspects of Nature-Based Solutions 

  • Status: Posted
  • Posting Number: G/R10506P 
  • Posting Quick Link: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/175612
  • Search Committee: Susan Ferreira (Chair), Craig Landry, Brian Bledsoe, and Virginia Talati (Pending HR Approval)

Postdoctoral Research Associate AD (name change request sent – Pending HR approval) 

  • Status: Posted
  • Posting Number: G/R10374P 
  • Posting Quick Link: http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/173854
  • Search Committee: Matthew Bilskie (Pending HR Approval), Brian Bledsoe, and Virginia Talati (Pending HR Approval)

We’re hiring!

We’re seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the IRIS team, as part of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. The candidate will work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-funded project: the Engineering With Nature Initiative.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in civil or environmental engineering or related engineering or science discipline and be interested in coastal resiliency with particular focus on NNBFs. To learn more about the position, check out this page.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and University of Georgia announce Network for Engineering With Nature partnership

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and University of Georgia (UGA) recently announced a partnership that connects the interdisciplinary expertise of UGA’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), with the vast on-the-ground experience of USACE’s Engineering With Nature® (EWN®) Initiative to form the Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN).

Through this partnership and a new $2.5 million award to UGA from USACE, researchers are expanding and accelerating EWN and the practice of natural infrastructure in the public and private sectors.

EWN is an initiative developed by USACE to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental and social benefits through the use of natural infrastructure. By using a combination of natural and conventional processes and materials, natural infrastructure can protect people, homes and habitats. It can come in many forms and scales, including sand dunes engineered to prevent erosion, floodplains along rivers, which allow the river to ebb and flow without flood risk to communities, and coastal wetlands, which filter out pollution and provide habitat. 

Sixteen UGA researchers from 10 different colleges and departments will apply their expertise to N-EWN’s mission. The project leader for UGA is principal investigator Dr. Brian Bledsoe, a professor in the College of Engineering, who specializes in resilient infrastructure. The N-EWN partnership will also draw from the expertise of the UGA’s River Basin Center and Center for Integrative Conservation Research. In addition, an equal number of researchers from USACE will add their knowledge and skill to the network, led by Dr. Todd Bridges, the EWN National Lead and Dr. Jeffrey King, EWNDeputy National Lead.

“We are delighted to be working closely with USACE’s world class researchers. Together, we can take our research on natural infrastructure to the next level and inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists who will reshape the nation’s water resources infrastructure,” Bledsoe said of the partnership.

In an ambitious set of pilot projects, the researchers will improve methods for using natural infrastructure to strengthen community resilience, create models and dashboards that allow designers to map out how natural infrastructure can provide more benefits to society, and inspire a new generation of engineers, ecologists and social scientists to utilize natural infrastructure through education and workforce development.

To come along on the journey, follow the hashtag #N4EWN on Twitter and Instagram, where we will post updates on the individual projects, researcher profiles, and exciting innovations in the field. Find more information about N-EWN on our website, https://n-ewn.org/