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Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Postdoctoral Researcher in Galveston, Texas

Job Title

Postdoctoral Researcher


Texas A&M Engineering


Ocean Engineering

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Galveston, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The primary role of the Postdoctoral Researcher is to perform field research and data analysis of nearshore hydrodynamics and morphodynamics in Texas shallow bay systems near wetland boundaries.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for performing research as part of a team related to a project dealing with the prediction of TX wetland erosion through remote sensing, field surveys, and numerical modeling. This position is based in the Ocean Engineering department on the TAMU Galveston campus. Emphasis will be on the field work and data analysis components of the project. These include in-situ observations of shallow bay hydrodynamics and morphodynamics near target wetlands in Galveston and Corpus Christi Bay systems. Specifically, the Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for planning and carrying out field research campaigns using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), research vessels, and real-time kinematic differential GPS equipment, as well as acoustic, optical, mechanical, conductivity, and piezo-electric field instruments. The Postdoctoral Researcher must assist with the design of field moorings and fixtures, collect, analyze, and archive the relevant field data. Furthermore, the Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to help synthesize the data with remote satellite observations and numerical simulation results and assist with archival manuscript and report preparation.


  • Plan and conduct field measurement campaigns using a variety of instruments including UAS, RTK DGPS, acoustic Doppler velocimeters, acoustic Doppler current profilers, pressure transducers, tilt current meters, etc., to evaluate short-term and seasonal drivers of wetland edge evolution.

  • Process and analyze collected field data using standard software packages and self-created techniques to assess water level, wave, current velocity, and turbulence variations and link them to observed wetland shoreline evolution.

  • Assist in writing monthly progress reports, final technical report, archival journal manuscripts.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education:

Doctoral degree

Required Experience:

No experience required.

Preferred Education:

Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental/Ocean Engineering

Preferred Experience:

  • Field work, UAS, hydrodynamic and morphodynamic data analysis; some boating experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in wave and current hydrodynamic analysis; expertise in field measurements of waves, currents, morphologic change; familiarity with surveying techniques (UAS and RTK DGPS systems); familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Familiarity with acoustic, mechanical, optical, and piezo-electric measuring equipment; UAS and RTK DGPS systems; Research vessels.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

At Texas A&M Engineering our employees are meeting new challenges every day. Through partnerships with industries, communities and academic institutions, the Texas A&M College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) work to enrich the lives of residents of the State of Texas, the United States and the World. Texas A&M Engineering staff and faculty members strive to uphold the universities core values of Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Selfless Service, while working to fulfill the program’s efforts to transform engineering education.

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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