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Environmental Policy Research Scientist (Extended Temporary Employment)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724

Posting Number: req17680

Department: Udall Center

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

The Udall Center at the University of Arizona is in search of a Environmental Policy Research Scientist (Researcher/Scientist III). This position offers the opportunity to explore the impacts, contributors, and evaluate policy effectiveness across several efforts underway at the Udall Center. The Environmental Policy Programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy engage in applied research and outreach on public policy topics relating to economic development, environment, public health, public lands, and energy transitions and extends to such themes as social justice, gender equity, human well-being and quality of life, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and energy and renewables. In addition, there is considerable room for the researcher to design and seek funding to implement their own research initiative under this broad umbrella of environmental policy.

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy is a University-wide Research Institute/Center reporting to the Office for Research, Innovation & Impact. The Center's primary mission is to facilitate, analyze, & provide evidence-based options for solutions to major policy issues through research, education, & public service. The Center specializes in issues related to environmental policy & Indigenous nations policy, bridging disciplines & connecting backgrounds to create a comprehensive understanding of the determinants, impacts, & further development of public policies. The Center maintains a close & permanent relationship with the Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Foundation, a federal agency based in Tucson. The Udall Center's work is motivated by the legacy of Arizona's Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall, who as advocates & public servants worked on behalf of the environment, the Southwest & U.S.-Mexico border region, Indigenous Peoples, & other issues including public health, public lands, & energy resources. The Center employs between 35 & 40 staff, including faculty members (most of whom have joint appointments in other units), other professionals, & support personnel, plus about 10 graduate research assistants & several undergraduate students. The Center is supported from a diverse portfolio of funding - grants, contracts, private donations, & program revenue.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for
the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

The research scientist will be tasked with:

  • Collaborating in an interdisciplinary and diverse research group
  • ┬áDeveloping and where appropriate, overseeing project design
  • Planning, administering, and implementing research projects engaging with a variety of PIs and stakeholders
  • Synthesizing and integrating across diverse bodies of public policy, geography, political science, and other relevant disciplinary literature
  • Conducting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative research
  • Partnering with local, regional, and national stakeholders
  • Presenting research results at national and international conferences
  • Organizing and facilitating project meetings and broader community engagement efforts
  • Coauthoring academic articles with research group members
  • Co-supervising 1-3 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in collaborative efforts
  • Co-developing proposals for extramural funding to continue and expand the line of research
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for studying affects, impacts, and best practices relating to environmental policy and natural resources governance
  • Comfort working independently as well as in teams, leading team meetings, and supervising students
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Strong methodological skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's or PhD degree or equivalent in geography, environmental policy, planning, political science, or a related field.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $60,000 - $70,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Molli Bryson /

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide 2 writing samples e.g., thesis or dissertation, term paper, or manuscript for publication

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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