UC3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Climate Action

Tucson, AZ
Feb 11, 2021
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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AZ Inst for Resilience

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:


Arizona Institutes for Resilience at the University of Arizona is in search of a UC3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Climate Action.

Overview of the position:

In collaboration with the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), we are offering a UC3 Fellowship to work on climate action initiatives in the Tucson community, advance coalition-wide activities, and learn from other fellows in the program. The fellow will be hosted by the Arizona Institutes for Resilience at the University of Arizona, will be responsible for an applied, collaborative project with the City of Tucson. The Fellow will also participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects relevant to the entire UC3 network of Research 1 universities. These coalition projects could include (with other fellows in the program) sharing best practices across universities and communities, coordination of workshops or events to present project outcomes, development of large-scale proposals, etc.

Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to work with civil society, industry, academia and multiple levels of government to develop strategies aimed at effective climate action. The position is available to be filled July 1, 2021 for one year. This postdoctoral position will be focused on the implementation issues associated with achieving existing municipal climate goals in the City of Tucson. A key focus will be harnessing the power of a collective partnership along these lines between the UA and other key stakeholders. Working collaboratively with these partners, the Fellow will help to identify and catalyze strategies and policy approaches.

Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR) coordinates interdisciplinary groups of faculty, students and projects across the University of Arizona’s campus, from climate science to public policy, law, the arts, water resources and beyond.

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:

Duties and Responsibilities: Plan and execute collaborative project with the City of Tucson to provide advice on strategies for meeting climate goals. Working with UA faculty and external partners, the Fellow will help to identify and catalyze strategies and policy approaches that can support the transformational changes that are required to achieve net zero emissions. They will also explore the potential to develop collaborative projects with other members of UC3 and be a lead contributor to peer reviewed publications, reports, conference proceedings, and participate in meetings with academic, civil society, private sector and government partners.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; urban planning and sustainability; climate action implementation; energy policy; integrated energy planning; applied economics; community resilience. Preferred candidates will understand climate and energy modeling, energy policy and economic instruments, basic approaches to resilience and energy planning. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies including faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required characteristics:

  • PhD degree in related field
  • Experience in working across disciplines and with non-academic partners
  • Interdisciplinary experience
  • Project management experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred experience in at least one of the following three areas, preferably more than one:

  1. Modelling
    a.Frameworks for assessing costs and benefits of alternative options, optimization
    b.Carbon intensity factors and analysis
    c.Life Cycle Analysis
  2. Global, national or regional energy policies and economic instruments
  3. Urban design and city planning
    a.Resilience and adaptation
    b.Integrated energy planning
    c.Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    d.Climate action plan implementation
    e.Multi-stakeholder engagement processes



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$52,000 - $60,000 DOE

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Kathy Jacobs
[email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

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 an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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