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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Bilingual Risk Communication

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Bilingual Risk Communication

Norman, OK
Open Date:
Aug 10, 2023
The University of Oklahoma Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication, in close collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Severe & High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO, formerly CIMMS) seeks to fill a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position for a project funded by NOAA, led by Dr. Justin Reedy (Associate Professor, Department of Communication), Joseph Trujillo-Falcón (CIWRO Co-PI), and Dr. Joseph Ripberger (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will contribute to OU’s and CIWRO’s mission of understanding the societal impacts of high-impact weather systems by performing interdisciplinary analyses on how U.S. Spanish-speaking communities receive, understand, and respond to different extreme weather threats. The ideal candidate will actively participate in both quantitative and qualitative research efforts by designing and analyzing national population surveys and fieldwork studies of bilingual communities in the United States.



●      Conduct research using mixed methods strategies to better understand how U.S. Spanish-speaking communities receive, understand, and respond to different weather and climate hazards

●      Organize annual, nationwide surveys and conduct quantitative, statistical analyses of survey data

●      Participate in fieldwork with local populations prone to disaster inequity and analyze data qualitatively

●      Contribute to NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) experiments with practitioners and help develop a dashboard that can advance weather operations in the bilingual space

●      Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and present at professional conferences



Required Qualifications

●      A Ph.D. in Communication, Geography, Hispanic Studies, Sociolinguistics, Political Science, Meteorology, or other social, behavioral, or economic science (SBES)

●      Experience conducting mixed methods social science research, particularly population surveys and fieldwork/interviewing

●      Proficient with social science software used for the analysis of statistical data (e.g., SPSS, R, etc.)

●      Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others

●      Demonstrated track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals


Desired Qualifications (Not Required)


●      Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish

●      Research area focusing on risk communication, disaster inequity, or underserved communities

●      Demonstrated ability as an interdisciplinary scholar, cross-cutting various fields to provide solutions 



The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the


University of Oklahoma ( The position is funded for two years. 

Application Instructions:
To apply for the position, please submit your CV/resume, cover letter, and list of contact information for three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.


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