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CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Associate Fire Risk

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Associate Fire Risk

Requisition Number: 43972
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
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Job Summary

Earth Lab, funded by the University of Colorado Boulder's “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks a post-doctoral researcher to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science ( Earth Lab's mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt.

Earth Lab is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar to lead a research agenda in the following area: Fire risk assessment for resilience planning, evacuation preparation, and mitigation strategies. In collaboration with Deloitte, a leading global provider of consulting, risk and related services, we are looking to advance a fire risk research agenda in a solutions science context to improve the effectiveness of wildfire mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. Key research questions are:
  1. How has fire hazard and exposure changed across the U.S.?
  2. How has urban, suburban, and rural development affected evacuation routes in fire-prone areas?
  3. How can we incorporate social and settlement vulnerability into fire risk assessments? To answer these questions, we will use diverse data sources including satellite imagery and large social-environmental datasets, geospatial and time series analyses, and effective visualizations. Efforts will include local case studies and regional to national-scale analysis. By combining Earth Lab's research and advanced analytics and Deloitte's consulting experience with stakeholder groups, the research team will design and deliver innovative solutions that generate value and positive impact on our communities.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Earth Lab, partially funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks a post-doctoral researcher to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science ( Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with the research team to refine methodologies and lead and submit one manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of Year 1.
  • Contribute to discussions with Deloitte and other industry, federal, state, and academic partners.
  • Contribute to opportunities to make Earth Lab visible in the community (e.g., blogs, conferences, etc).
  • Contribute to the open, reproducible science objectives of Earth Lab, which include creating and publishing well-documented datasets and code workflows that could serve multiple users within Earth Lab or other audiences.

What You Should Know

  • This position is a one year full-time appointment, with the possibility of an additional one year extension (based on performance and funding availability).
  • The hired candidate must be ready to begin work, ideally by January 2023.
  • This will be a hybrid position with some in person work and some remote work. Hybrid work arrangements will follow current CIRES and university guidance and policies. This is not a fully remote position. The in-person work will be conducted in the Earth Lab offices in the SEEC Building on the CU Boulder East Campus.
  • For questions about the position, please contact Natasha Stavros ([email protected]).
  • To learn more about Earth Lab, visit Earth Lab’s website ( and Earth Lab’s learning portal (
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position due to the project timeline.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $54,000 - $59,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in statistics, data science, computer science, geography, environmental science, remote sensing, urban or regional planning, or other related field.
  • Experience working with diverse spatial datasets from satellite data to model outputs and incident records.
  • Strong quantitative background and advanced analytics capabilities (e.g., AI, ML, Bayesian approaches, or other).
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary & cross-sector team.
  • Experience in R and/or Python programming and appropriate analytic tools.
  • Background experience in natural hazards and/or risk.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated contributions to open science (i.e., publicly available and/or reproducible data, code, workflows, and/or tools) or willingness to contribute to open science.
  • Experience in integrating and analyzing large, and/or heterogeneous datasets. Preferably, this will include experience with both rural and urban land-use types.
  • Demonstrated publication writing skills.
  • Team spirit and interest in working in interdisciplinary settings, including across sectors with industry partners.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you once asked after interviews. If you are selected as a finalist, a total of 3 letters will be requested.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment. Candidates must be able to legally work in the U.S. on a full-time basis; we will not sponsor visas due to the project timeline.

Applications submitted by the end of the day on January 30, 2023 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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