Research Opportunity in Physical Sciences
Vicksburg, MS
Organization U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Reference Code ERDC-CHL-2019-0011
How to Apply

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The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) performs research on ocean, estuarine, riverine, and watershed systems in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Task Force in support of the Ocean Commission. A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and support personnel work in CHL's internationally known, unique facilities. This team has developed state-of-the-art experimental and computational models for solving water resource problems worldwide. Physical facilities of approximately 1.7 million square feet and high-performance computing facilities at the DOD Supercomputing Research Center ( are the basic infrastructure for producing cutting-edge products for successful coastal, inland water resources, and navigation management. CHL work, although primarily in support of the DOD and the Corp's districts, also interfaces with other federal, state and local agencies, academia, conservation groups, and the general public, as appropriate. The Research Participation Program for USACE-ERDC-CHL provides opportunities to participate in new and on-going applied research and development projects. Research projects range from design guidance to three-dimensional computational models. Focus is placed on inland and coastal navigation, military logistics over the shore, dredging, flood control, storm and erosion protection, waterway restoration, fish passage, hydro-environmental modeling, water/land management, and other water and sediment-related issues facing the nation. For more information about USACE-ERDC-CHL, please visit

This research project is related to USACE navigation research. The objective is to find innovative ways to utilize dredged sediment to keep within the system and enhance navigation benefits as well as create additional benefits related to flood risk management and environmental stewardship. Specifically these efforts are:

(1) Determine the ability of BUDM islands to resist erosion and sequester sediments. By these processes, such features can reduce sedimentation to navigation channels thus reducing the O&M funds needed for maintenance dredging and allowing those funds to be used for other efforts. A field deployment will analyze the sediment dynamics and hydrodynamics associated with the wind and vessel-generated wave climate and currents on a beneficial use island in the Barnegat Bay Estuary. This data will be utilized to optimize channel-island proximity and inform future beneficial use islands in other systems.

(2) Develop a framework that will utilize existing data and analyses, including the extensive body of work on SFBE sediment dynamics and intertidal habitat vulnerability, and integrate them with existing ERDC tools and expertise. In sediment-poor areas such as SFBE, this approach can be used to design BUDM practices that target optimizing use of the relatively small amount of dredged sediment (relative to the overall sediment budget) to improve wetland resilience while simultaneously providing sustainable dredged material management strategies. This framework will be utilized to address four questions:

What is the amount of sediment supplemental to the naturally available sediments required to achieve restoration and resiliency goals for intertidal habitats including marshes?
What is the amount of sediment available from USACE dredging, what are the dredging locations, and what proportion of that sediment is suitable for placement in intertidal habitats?
What proportion of the suitable dredged sediment is within a transportable distance to an intertidal habitat in need of sediment?
How can the intertidal habitat need and dredging locations be matched in such a way to minimize costs while aligning restoration and resiliency goals with navigation requirements?
Appointment Length

This ORISE appointment is for a 12 month period. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-CHL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
Relocation Allowance
Training and Travel Allowance
Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

Candidates with course work in or more of the following subject areas are preferred: geology, hydrology, hydrodynamics, and oceanography. Specific skills desired include, but are not limited to: field instrument deployment, maintenance, and recover; laboratory management and sample preparation.

Currently pursuing or received Master Degree required.

Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2019 11:59:00 PM.

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Age: Must be 18 years of age