Research Associate

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder and the Earth Lab initiative, part of the University of Colorado Boulder's "Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future," seeks post-doctoral researchers to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled earth and social system science ( Earth Lab's mission is to harness the wave of Earth data generated by aerospace platforms and other sources to better understand the pace and pattern of environmental change.

Earth Lab will:
Capitalize on the data deluge from space to accelerate science;
Reduce environmental risk and surprise by using this wealth of data to understand and predict both slow and abrupt Earth System change to help society manage and adapt;
Train a new generation of data scientists in Earth Analytics.

Earth Lab's Analytics Hub is a state-of-the-art computing facility that leverages existing cyberinfrastructure investments at the University of Colorado-Boulder and houses data science specialists and support staff who assist researchers and students with data management, analysis and visualization needs.

Post-Doctoral Research Scholars are responsible for carrying out Earth Lab's research program. Successful candidates must have content knowledge and data analytics skills relevant to each theme, as well as an eagerness to bridge among the themes and interact with specialists in data analytics, visualization, and informatics in a high performance computing or cloud computing environment. Interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is a plus, as Earth Lab is committed to advancing education and developing the Earth Systems data analytics workforce. Interest in interacting with the private sector, especially with companies providing environmental sensing data and analysis, from space, aerial, and in situ platforms, is also desirable.
These positions will be filled as Research Associates at the University of Colorado-Boulder, with salary appropriate to qualifications and experience, and with eligible employee benefits. Initial appointment will be for one year with high likelihood of renewal for an additional year.

Theme 4. Settlements and Environmental Change
This project seeks to leverage access to massive data on environmental change and property location and other attributes to advance our understanding of interrelationships between natural hazards risks and our built environment. Central questions are how changing settlement patterns relate to exposure to natural hazards but also how extreme events and other types of environmental change impact housing stock and potential value change. The study of such bidirectional dynamics helps to advance our understanding of social vulnerability such as housing market response to extreme events and climate change indicators. Settlement distributions and real estate markets are characterized by a spatio-temporal development in response to external factors, and we are particularly interested in how environmental events change settlement pressures and patterns through time. Moreover, important questions of social and environmental justice arise due to external pressure, development, and environmental risks.

Natural hazards risk analysis and exposure assessment are important components of this project. The successful candidate will explore one or more of the following natural hazards and the vulnerabilities in existing settlements: 1) Sea level rise, its impact on structures potentially affected along coast lines and how settlement and occupation has evolved over time. 2) Changing wildfire patterns: Explore the interrelationships between settlement distribution and fire frequency and occurrence over time using wilderness-urban-interface (WUI) concepts; 3) Increased Droughts: Investigate the response of urban development to persistent droughts.

Applications received by June 9th will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled


Specific Qualifications for Settlements and Environmental Change:
• Ph.D. in geospatial science, geoinformatics, computer science, economics, natural hazards, or other related field
• Strong quantitative and programming skills and knowledge in data science, statistics, demography and coupled human-natural systems
• Eagerness to develop models of improved understanding of interrelationships between urban processes and environmental settings in the context of hazards, risk assessment and extreme events
• Interest in spatio-temporal analysis and in interdisciplinary research, housing markets and demographic analysis

Contact for this theme: Stefan Leyk, Department of Geography,

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 -One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 9, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00676621


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