University of FloridaDepartment of Agricultural & Biological Engineering


Towards a Multi-Scale Theory on Coupled Human Mobility and Environmental Change

Funding:  2018 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative N00014-17-S-F006 Topic #8  (N00014-17-S-F006.pdf)

2 POSTDOCTORAL AND 3 DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE!! Please click on "Job Posting" tab below for detail and download announcement here : MURI_jobsAd.pdf


Two (2) postdoctoral research associate positions and three (3) graduate student positions at the University of Florida (UF)

The University of Florida is seeking applicants to fill 2 postdoctoral research associate and 3 graduate student positions. They will be part of a transdisciplinary project—in collaboration with Columbia University (CU) and East Carolina University (ECU)—entitled “Towards a Multi-scale Theory of Coupled Human Mobility and Environment Change.” The project aims at applying a mixed-methods approach to develop a modeling framework that integrates environmental modeling, social dynamics, and migration theories and then to use such a modeling framework to develop an integrative theory of coupled dynamics of migration and environmental change. Some of the methods include dynamical system modeling, multilayer network approaches, climate and hydrological modeling, and Bayesian inference analyses. Different aspects of the project will be conducted across the three universities. The team will meet remotely on a regular basis and annual workshops will be held where all the team members will meet in person.

Applicants for the postdoc positions must demonstrate strong interest in transdisciplinary research and a PhD degree in natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, or related/relevant fields. Applicants for the graduate student positions must demonstrate strong interest in transdisciplinary research and a Master’s degree in natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, or related/relevant fields; exceptional students with a Bachelor’s degree plus research experience in an appropriate discipline will also be considered. Persons from groups under-represented in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

Specifically, for the positions at UF the successful candidates should also possess some of the following qualifications: (i) strong mathematical background (especially in dynamical system modeling); (ii) strong background in network approaches; (iii) fluency in some programming languages; and (iv) open-mindedness and eagerness to learn from other disciplines. We explicitly specify the last qualification to reflect the importance of integration across disciplines in the project.

To provide the areas of expertise involved in this project, brief descriptions of the participating faculty’s expertise are provided in the Participating Faculty tab above..

More information about the project can be found in the "Project Details"tab above.

Potential candidates for the UF positions are encouraged to learn more about the three UF investigators (Muneepeerakul, Johnson, and Muñoz-Carpena) and submit a CV, a cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to one of the three participating UF faculty. The e-mail addresses are as follows:

Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul (PI):

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson:

Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena:

The review process will start immediately. The positions will start as soon as June 1, 2018. The positions will stay open until they are filled.

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