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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (CLIMAS)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Posting Number: req19172

Department: Sch of Landscape Architecture

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning is in search of a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program, funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The primary research focus for this Postdoctoral Research Associate is bridging climate science and decision-making to advance heat resilience in rural, tribal, and border communities in the U.S. Southwest. Candidates with experience with U.S. local policy and decision-making and an interest in heat resilience from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work with interdisciplinary researchers, decision-makers, and community members across the U.S. Southwest on research that advances equitable decision-making to improve climate change resilience. This position is full time with renewal contingent on performance and funding.

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program was established in 1998 as part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. CLIMAS is a collaboration between University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. The CLIMAS team has experts from a variety of social, physical, and natural sciences working with partners across the Southwest to develop sustainable answers to regional climate challenges.

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

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct collaborative and independent research on climate resilience in the U.S. Southwest.
  • Collaborate with the PI and research team, including supporting and potentially leading manuscripts and proposals.
  • Represent the research team at workshops, conferences, and forums.
  • Conduct tasks as directed by the principal investigator.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in climate change resilience.
  • Demonstrated interest or expertise in heat-related research areas such as field data collection, mapping, public health outcomes, and/or policy and governance.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with rural, tribal, and border communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, including executing research objectives, paper publication, and proposal development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a doctorate degree in geography, urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental sciences, or a related field as applicable upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in working with non-academic partners, including local decision-makers and community stakeholders.

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: $54,835

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

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

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Ladd Keith |

Open Until Filled: Yes

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

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety.

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