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Post Doc - Climate Adaptation Scholar
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 01/27/2021
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Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: EarthLab

Title: Post Doc - Climate Adaptation Scholar

Position Details
Position Description

Climate Adaptation Scholar Post Doc

Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Climate Impacts Group

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Postdoctoral Climate Adaptation Scholars (CAS) Program. The CAS postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Montana but will be supervised and mentored from the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The CAS scholar will lead regionally focused research projects related to climate-fire dynamics. In addition, the CAS scholar will collaborate with other CAS scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues. Finally, the CAS scholar will participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology and the co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines. 

This post-doctoral position is supported through the Postdoctoral Climate Adaptation Scholars (CAS) Program established by the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC). The CAS program is established to support management-relevant research and scientific synthesis of emerging research needs related to climate impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems. The objective of the CAS Program is to provide regional-to-national syntheses of climate change impacts on fire regimes, fire management and fire response; explore resulting impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems; and provide the scientific research necessary to help managers adapt to these changes. More information about the CAS program is available here: https://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/climate-adaptation-science-centers/science/casc-network-climate-adaptation-scholars . 

REGIONALLY RELEVANT RESEARCH: The CAS scholar will conduct research related to climate/fire/ecosystem dynamics and associated natural resource management in the Northwestern US. Possible research topics may include (but are not limited to) climate impacts and management responses related to post-fire vegetation/ecosystem transitions, threshold behavior in post-fire ecosystems, annual climate variability and links to disturbance and ecosystem dynamics and changing fire regimes. Examples of regionally relevant research topics are described in the actionable science priorities identified by the NW CASC’s Deep Dive on managing post-fire vegetation transitions in a changing climate: https://nwcasc.uw.edu/resources/ecological-transformation-deep-dive/ .  We are looking for a talented scientist with a passion for delivering research that informs decision-making, whose interests broadly align with those of the PIs and the NW CASC. 

NATIONAL-SCALE RESEARCH: As part of a national cohort of postdoctoral Scholars, the CAS scholar will also engage in national-scale research. This will include participation in a national synthesis research effort, where Scholars will collaborate with members of the NRCASC network to produce national synthesis products. 

TRAINING: As part of the CAS program, and through work with mentors at the NW CASC, the CAS scholar will also engage in training, professional development and mentoring activities in topics like translational ecology and the co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, team science and interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines, creativity in research, science facilitation, traditional ecological knowledge and science communication. 

In addition to research duties, collaborations with the CAS cohort, and interactions with natural resource, fire, or other managers, the successful candidate must manage data and metadata for the project following USGS protocols, document research status through regular reporting, and complete other organizational duties as assigned in a professional and timely manner.  Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website .

TERMS: This two-year position (with second-year funding contingent on satisfactory completion of responsibilities and continuation of funding) will start as soon as possible. It will be based at the University of Montana with limited travel to the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The position includes competitive benefits and funding for supplies and travel.


The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see http://advance.washington.edu/ ).

The University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation is one of the nation’s top natural resource institutions. The College’s faculty and students conduct basic and applied research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines and have ready access to Montana’s extensive wild and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational opportunities. The City of Missoula (population approx. 70,000) is regularly featured as one of the most livable cities in the United States.

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Center is housed in the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington.  The Climate Impacts Group is a member of EarthLab.  EarthLab catalyzes innovative collaborations between the University of Washington and public, private and nonprofit sectors to convert knowledge to action to solve our biggest environmental challenges. Through these partnerships, EarthLab inspires increased engagement and urgency for transdisciplinary, community-based research and action to adapt to and mitigate climate threats and build a transition to a just and equitable future.

EarthLab acknowledges the systemic racism that exists in the environmental field and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment for all our employees where all voices are considered and valued. Thus, we are seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to equity and justice and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.


QUALIFICATIONS: Competitive candidates will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline including ecology, climate science, geography, or other relevant earth sciences.
  • A strong record of relevant peer-reviewed publications, data products, and commitment to scholarship.
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct quantitative analysis with geo-spatial data including (but not limited to) experience with modern data analytics using R or Python, machine-learning techniques, numerical simulation approaches, and experience with physical process-based models.
  • The ability to effectively communicate research findings with scientists and practitioners alike.
  • Experience (or a demonstrated interest in) working with decision-makers to produce actionable science for informing natural resource management.
  • A track record of independence, leadership, motivation, and problem-solving skills.

  • Instructions

    INQIRIES: Applicants with inquiries regarding this position should contact: Dr. Solomon Dobrowski (solomon.dobrowski@umontana.edu ) and Dr. Meade Krosby (mkrosby@uw.edu ).  All applications should be submitted through Interfolio.

    For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or dso@uw.edu

    This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied at which point we will invite finalists to interview for the position. The position will be filled as soon as possible.  Applications received by February 28, 2021 will be prioritized.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
    qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
    religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
    gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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