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Postdoctoral Fellow of Climate and Health
University of Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska
Date Posted 12/18/2021
Admin-Health and Medical Services
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:518585
Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA College of Health

Position Summary:
The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in research at the intersection of climate change and human health in Alaska. The fellow will primarily be working on an NIH-funded project to understand the converging impacts of wildfire smoke exposure and maternal stressors on birth outcomes. They will also contribute to ongoing projects on topics such as wild food consumption and food security, water and sanitation interventions in rural Alaska, and creating tools for climate adaptation planning. The fellow will be encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support additional research.

The postdoctoral fellow will primarily be responsible for the development of air quality exposure layers using the HYSPLIT model (related experience is preferred, but training is available), and the acquisition and management of a large data set that includes sensitive health information. Specific research activities include working with project partners to request secondary datasets, geocoding patient records, running statistical analysis including mixed effects regression, designing and implementing surveys, and assisting with the development of IRB applications. The fellow will be involved in manuscript authorship, presentation of findings at professional meetings, and with strategic grant proposal development as appropriate. There may also be opportunities to supervise graduate or undergraduate research assistants.

About the University of Alaska and the Institute for Circumpolar Health:
Located in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city (current population, ~289,000) and in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the State’s largest post-secondary institution. UAA is considered the “Health Campus” for the University of Alaska’s multi-campus system, with undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, nursing, allied health professional programs and social work. UAA also has a Master of Public Health program and participates in WWAMI, a decentralized medical school program among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary applied health research center within the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences. The missionof ICHS is to improve the health of peoples of Alaska and other circumpolar areas through instruction, information services, and basic and applied research in health and medicine. ICHS connects faculty with local, state, tribal, federal, and international partners to find solutions for pressing health concerns in Alaska and the Circumpolar North. Our applied research focus supports public health planning and provides opportunities for students to gain research experience. Our faculty and staff have expertise in epidemiologic study design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and community engagement.

  • PhD (required by the start of appointment) in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Environmental Sciences, or closely-related field.
  • Exceptional biostatistical, data analysis, database management, and programming skills.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience running air quality models or interest in learning how to run a user-friendly model.
  • Highly motivated and self-directed in advancing complex projects and a record of successful research.
  • Strong project management skills with outstanding attention to detail.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive and collaborative relationships with various partners and colleagues from different disciplines.
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience working with sensitive human subjects data.
  • Research experience in topics related to health impacts of climate change, health impacts of wildfire smoke, or air quality.
  • Interest in engaging with communities working on climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Experience working with Alaska Native communities or in other diverse research settings.
  • Creative approach to research methodologies and interest in learning new skills as needed.

Salary will be based upon level of academic preparation and experience.

Assignment Information:
Term-Funded, 12 month appointment, full-time but part-time may be considered, full employee benefits package, and one-year position with the possibility of extension contingent on performance and availability of funds.

The anticipated start date is February or March 2022.

Term Position:
This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Conditions of Employment:

  • To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States.
  • No work visas will be sponsored for this position.
  • Position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.  Remote work may be considered.

Applicant Procedure:
To be considered for position, applicants will need to upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter that describes your qualifications and research experience, professional goals, and specific interest in this position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One to three representative publications or other examples of your work
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Review Date:
To ensure full consideration, please submit application by January 16, 2022.  Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2022.  Posting will remain open until filled.  

Please direct questions about the position to:
Dr. Micah Hahn
Email: mbhahn@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-786-6577

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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