School of Marine and Environmental Affairs – Research Associate (NN25398)


Position Overview


Organization: School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN25398


Position Details


The College of the Environment invites applications for a Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow. The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. Established by the Department of Interior in 2010, the NW CSC is newly hosted by the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, which leads a multi-university consortium including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Working closely with the UW director and deputy director of the NW CSC, the Actionable Science Fellow will play a leading role in the NW CSC’s efforts to foster the region’s actionable climate science workforce. Specifically, the NW CSC Actionable Science Fellow will support the NW CSC’s education, training, and capacity-building efforts by: 1) facilitating the actionable science efforts of the NW CSC’s graduate fellowship program, including leading fellows’ capacity-building activities, supporting fellows’ co-production and communication efforts, and promoting synergistic opportunities among fellows’ projects and other regional research and management activities; 2) supporting the NW CSC regional dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as actionable science webinars and the Climate Boot Camp (an annual, multi-day workshop for regional scientists and decision-makers), including designing an agenda that supports participant learning and engagement and assisting in development of Boot Camp products (e.g., white papers, research agendas); and 3) evaluating the efficacy of these activities in promoting regional communities of practice and actionable climate science capacity. Evaluation insights will be used to adjust NW CSC co-production activities over time.

The position requires a PhD or foreign equivalent in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science), with demonstrated experience conducting research, assessment, and stakeholder engagement related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation. The position requires demonstrated experience in the co-creation of knowledge, co-definition of research problems, and successfully linking science and decision-making. In addition, the position requires demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring, engagement with diverse stakeholders, and superior writing and oral communication skills.

Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

 Job Duties:

  • Lead implementation and assessment of the NW CSC’s graduate fellowship program’s actionable science capacity-building activities (e.g., facilitating cohort meetings, developing and delivering training modules, and supporting engagement of fellows with regional management efforts)
  • Plan and implement the Climate Boot Camp (an annual, multi-day workshop for regional scientists and decision-makers), including designing an agenda that supports participant learning and engagement and assisting in development of Boot Camp products (e.g., synthesis papers, research agendas)
  • Direct other NW CSC regional dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as actionable science webinars
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the NW CSC’s efforts to build actionable science capacity and regional communities of practice
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree, in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science)
  • One to three years’ experience working at the interface of climate science and decision-making
  • Familiarity with climate change issues and contexts
  • Significant teaching and/or mentoring experience
  • Project coordination experience, with proven attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Energetic, self-starter
  • Commitment to a collaborative, team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Science communication training/experience
  • Familiarity with the state of knowledge of climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest, and with adaptation efforts underway by public and private sector organizations
  • Experience with efforts where knowledge is co-produced by researchers and practitioners through close collaboration.
  • Skills and demonstrated experience as a boundary spanner, working across disciplines, sectors, and levels of governance
  • Skills and demonstrated experience in convening and facilitation

Culture of the NW CSC at UW:
Qualities and attributes that our part of our culture and highly valued include:

  • Being timely and professional in all interactions
  • Treating others with dignity and respect
  • Taking leadership and initiative
  • Holding sensitive information in confidence
  • Being willing to pitch in as needed to ensure success of team
  • Maintaining a sense of humor

Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

The College of the Environment promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see http://advance.washington.edu/).

This is a full-time position. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Adrienne Karpov at karpov@uw.edu or 206-616-5350.

Application Instructions

Applicants should supply a curriculum vitae, a statement of experience and interest to: Amy Snover, Ph.D., at aksnover@uw.edu.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.