Employment Opportunities

Led by East Carolina University, the Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University. The Coastal Studies Institute, located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus, focuses on integrated coastal research and education programming centered around the needs, issues, and concerns of coastal North Carolinians by bringing together interdisciplinary teams. The specific research expertise of CSI spans a variety of coastal disciplines including coastal dynamics, ecology, biology, economics, environmental geography, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering. CSI uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive.

Administrative Support Associate

The Coastal Studies Institute and ECU Outer Banks Campus are hiring an Administrative Support Associate. Job duties for this position include record keeping, financial management, organization of quarterly reports, serving as point of contact for general inquiries of the public or partner institutions; organization and planning of workshops and events; presence at board meetings and preparation of meeting minutes.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through previous office assistance and program planning are preferred; as is experience that demonstrates the ability to work independently, handle and organize multiple tasks, and prioritize work assignments with minimal supervision. Excellent customer service skills and experience with university or state business processes and procedures are also preferred.

The position is full-time and work hours are Monday-Friday, 8 AM- 5PM. The deadline to apply is March 22, 2023. For full job details and to apply, please click the button below.

Postdoctoral Scholar

The Department of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University (ECU) is hiring a post-doctoral scholar with expertise in coastal hydrodynamic modeling and statistics as part of a NASA-funded project investigating feedbacks between coastal ecosystems, cyclone activity, and coastal protection benefits in the Caribbean. The postdoc will develop a modeling framework to integrate remotely sensed datasets with coastal hydrodynamic models for dynamic assessments of the flood protection benefits of coastal ecosystems. The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. Siddharth Narayan and Dr. David Lagomasino at ECU and work closely with colleagues at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The main responsibilities of the postdoc will be to develop a coastal modeling framework that will integrate new remotely sensed data on meteorological, bathymetry, and coastal ecosystems within 2-D and 1-D coastal numerical models, to assess how changes to offshore and ecosystem conditions will influence the flood protection benefits of these ecosystems in coastal floodplains.

Duties include: setting up and validating numerical coastal models to assess flooding, integrating remote sensing datasets into the coastal models, mapping flood extents, developing a statistical model to assess the influence of meteorological, ocean, and ecosystem variables on flood extents, working collaboratively as part of a larger interdisciplinary team, developing independent and collaborative presentations and publications. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research, and human subjects training.

The postdoc will work under the mentorship of Drs. Siddharth Narayan and David Lagomasino at East Carolina University and will work closely with collaborators at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The location of the position is flexible, and the successful candidate can be based either at ECU’s Coastal campus in the Coastal Studies Institute, on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, or at ECU’s Greenville Campus. The position will require travel between the two ECU campuses and twice yearly to Washington D.C.

Approximately 100% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to the project activities described above and related scientific research.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.  Click on the links below for more information.




ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.