21 October 2009

Post-Doc Wanted

University of Colorado
Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
CIRES/SPARC Research Associate

The Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate (SPARC) project is currently recruiting for a research associate. The successful candidate will conduct research on science policies for adaptation to climate change. This research will include evaluating the current supply of scientific and other information being generated for adaptation, as well as examining the demand for such information from those sectors and individuals who might be in a position to make decisions about adaptation on the ground. The research will therefore include a wide variety of methods, including reviewing reports, policy documents, scholarship and workshop findings, interviewing science policy decision makers as well as resource managers and others who may be considering or implementing adaptation measures, and other methods as appropriate. Institutional relationships, programmatic processes, and topic areas will also be examined.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has an opening for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate under an NSF-sponsored project called Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate that is investigating climate science policy. The position will be located in the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder. For further information related to the research activities envisioned within this position please see

• Engage in original research to characterize the existing funding structure and science policies for climate change adaptation-related research
• Engage in original research on the needs of decision makers at various scales and in various sectors for new
information on adapting to climate change
• Collaborate with colleagues within CIRES on research
• Collaborate with national and international partners
• Publish research results in peer-reviewed fora
• Assist and lead in the development of meetings and workshops in support of project objectives
• Contribute to other, related Center projects in research, education and outreach

• Recent Ph.D. in a related field
• Knowledge of climate science and climate policies
• Experience working on interdisciplinary projects
• Demonstrated ability to present and perform on a professional level through use of excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to work within a team of researchers
• Publication of articles in refereed journals and in the non-academic literature
• Presentation of papers at national or international scientific meetings
• International interests and experience
The position will be filled as a Research Associate in CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder, and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation per year. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: Applicants need to go to jobs@CU using this link to apply:


Applicants need to upload a letter of interest, complete resume and salary history, a letter of recommendation & proof of degree/or transcripts confirming degree. In addition, the applicant should furnish the names of three individuals familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications for the position to provide references.

Job Code SPARC-1
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