Job: Postdoc Position in Assessing Climate Change Knowledge Co-Production and Boundary Spanning in Alaska - University of Alaska / ACCAP - Fairbanks, AK


Climate change is occurring more rapidly in the Arctic than any region on Earth. Its impacts are being felt by Indigenous peoples as well as throughout a range of societal sectors, including wildfire management. Recent scholarship suggests that boundary spanning, translational ecology, and the process of knowledge co-production are effective in bridging the gap between science and decision-making and calls for building capacity by developing processes for effective evaluation and for training boundary spanning professionals.

We seek a post-doctoral research fellow to explore one or more of these inter-related research areas of knowledge co-production and boundary spanning assessment related to climate change in Alaska.

  • Actions, processes, and mechanisms for use-inspired science.
  • Metrics of success in knowledge co-production.
  • Scientist and practitioner training in knowledge co-production and boundary spanning.

Requirements: experience and/or demonstrated capacity to contribute in one or more of the following topical areas:

  • Indigenous evaluation, indigenous knowledge, cross-cultural communication
  • Climate change science, application, communication, and knowledge co-production
  • Wildfire science and boundary spanning
  • Mixed-subsistence economies and community development

The post-doctoral research fellow will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team), the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (a member of the Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Exchange Network), and the USDA Pacific Northwest Climate Hub.

  • Desired start date: September 2019
  • Duration: 2 year, term funded
  • Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Open until filled.  

How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include:

  • A description of the candidate’s PhD research;
  • A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the numbered research areas listed above;
  • A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the bulleted topical areas listed above;
  • A brief proposed plan for investigating one or more of the research areas listed above. This should include the data collection and analysis methods with which you are experienced and familiar as well as possible additional methods you have an interest in learning.

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Contact Name Sarah Trainor
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