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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Emergency Management and Disaster Science

University of North Texas

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System. The UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton and Frisco, the University of North Texas at Dallas and UNT Dallas College of Law, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region. We are growing with the North Texas region, employing more than 14,000 employees, educating a record 49,000+ students across our system, and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

We are one team comprised of individuals who are committed to excellence, curiosity and innovation. We are transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We champion a people-first values-based culture where We Care about each other and those we serve. We believe that we are Better Together because we foster an inclusive environment of respect, belonging, and access for all. We demonstrate Courageous Integrity through setting exceptional standards and acting in the best interest of our communities. We are encouraged to Be Curious about opportunities for learning, creating, discovering, and innovating, and are encouraged to learn from failure. Show Your Fire by joining our team and exhibiting your passion and pride in your work as part of our UNT System team.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Emergency Management and Disaster Science


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ORP Eligible

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Department Summary:

The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas, distinguished as one of the few Tier One research universities designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), prepares graduates to address diverse and complex social issues such as aging, disability, disaster management and recovery, criminal justice, health disparities, and public safety, and find solutions to challenges in public administration, public health, and urban planning. We have seven academic departments with undergraduate and graduate programs, the Center for Public Management, the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, UNT Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (WISE) and a number of professional development and clinical training programs to facilitate careers to address a global society.

HPS students are trained to lead nonprofits, become educators, researchers and professionals who strengthen the diverse communities we serve with thoughtful, inclusive and equitable practices as audiologists, behavior analysts, city managers, emergency managers, health care administrators, public safety administrators, public health specialists, rehabilitation counselors, speech language pathologists, social workers, urban planners and more.

Located within HPS, the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science offers the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in Emergency Administration and Planning and a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science. With eight faculty and one staff member, the department aims to advance disaster science and practice through high quality collaborative research, an evidence-based curriculum, and meaningful engagement with the scholarly and practitioner communities.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary:

As a part of a project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, the principal investigator seeks a full-time, motivated post-doctoral researcher to coordinate qualitative data analysis and stakeholder engagement activities for a research project on wildfire recovery. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary research team from the University of North Texas, USDA Forest Service, and the University of California Berkeley. We offer a flexible start in summer or fall 2024. Funding includes full-time salary and benefits for up to 16 months.

Using a coupled social-ecological approach, this research seeks to understand how post-wildfire recovery and mitigation alters future wildfire vulnerability. The successful candidate will take a leadership role in analysis of stakeholder interviews and inventory of post-fire programs and outcomes in two counties in northern California (Lake & Sonoma Counties). Qualitative data on risk reduction programs and geospatial wildfire risk modeling outputs will inform the incumbent’s work engaging with community stakeholders and creating tangible, written, and visual research products.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in geography, sociology, disaster science, public policy, urban planning, environmental science, forestry, fire ecology, risk communication, or a closely related field.
  • Proficiency in qualitative analysis (i.e., content analysis, policy analysis, or grounded theory) and use of related software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA).
  • Demonstrated experience with community engagement (e.g., workshop facilitation)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of wildfire science and mitigation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of basic GIS processes, data structures, and software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS).
  • Ability to travel to northern California for stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Desire to work with community stakeholders in promoting wildfire resilience.

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Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Communicating with stakeholder organizations about project aims, progress, and results

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Conducting field interviews and focus groups with participants from relevant organizations

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Coordinating public information requests for data collection

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Leading transcription and analysis activities for interview and geospatial data

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Supervising graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants in data management, analysis, and dissemination tasks

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Working with Institutional Review Boards to maintain compliance with human subjects requirements

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Designing creative visuals and media to be used in dissemination of research findings

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Planning and facilitating dissemination activities, including but not limited to community-based workshops, webinars, white papers, and peer-reviewed publications

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Preparing data collection instruments and relevant qualitative and geospatial data/metadata for inclusion in data repositories

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Preparing progress reports for the sponsor on grant activities

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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