Climate Change Research Associate (Research Associate 1)
August 28, 2018
The University of Connecticut
Full Time - Experienced
The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applicants for the position of Research Associate 1 in the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) to provide support for activities associated with the development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan. CIRCA is a multi-disciplinary center that coordinates applied research and engagement programs to develop and advance practical solutions to problems caused by changing climate (http://circa.uconn.edu/).
The Research Associate will work in a team developing science that supports a four-year project to develop a prototype resilience framework for Connecticut. With the supervision of the Executive Director, the PDRA will work on the development, testing and application of numerical models of circulation in complicated coastal areas to determine levels and patterns of flood risk. Assessment of the effectiveness of proposed risk reduction strategies will also be required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, test and execute simulations of wave impacts and flooding in coastal areas.
Participate in field work/observation campaigns.
Critically analyze results and prepare reports and publications.
Prepare journal articles.
Participate in workshops and meetings for municipalities and regional councils of government on climate resilience and adaptation.
Participate in capacity-building studies and engagement programs, including climate science communication, and training in design and engineering.
May be responsible for miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned.
May participate in the planning, development and implementation of grant proposals.
Ph.D. in Physical oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or a closely related field.
Experience with modern, community models of coastal circulation and wave dynamics.
Experience with computing technology (e.g. Matlab, FORTRAN) and data management.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with a team of collaborators.
Ability to work at multiple locations throughout the state and region, conduct oceanographic field work, and attend occasional evening and weekend meetings.
Experience with the FVCOM model and related tools.
A record of peer reviewed publications.
Experience in proposal preparations.
Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website and should include a letter of application, resume, a short sample of writing, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, please apply by 11:59 pm on September 17, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018690)
Additional Salary Information: This will be a 40-hours per week, 11-month, annually renewable, non-tenure track position at the level of Research Associate 1, with an expected commitment of four years, based upon availability of funding and performance.
Internal Number: 2018690
About UConn CIRCA
The mission of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment.
CIRCA is a multi?disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. The Institute will help coastal and inland floodplain communities in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast better adapt to changes in climate and also make their human?built infrastructure more resilient while protecting valuable ecosystems and the services they offer to human society (food, clean air and water, and energy). The Institute will combine the world?class research capabilities of UConn and the progressive policies and practical regulatory experience of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) to translate sound scientific research to actions that can ensure the resil...ience and sustainability of both the built and natural environments of the coast and watersheds of Connecticut.
While Connecticut and the Northeast are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and associated severe weather events, the problem exists at the national and international scales, with droughts and flooding worldwide. Severe storms in the United States cause 110 deaths per year in flood-related accidents and an average of $3.8 billion annually in property damage. In addition to floods, droughts, pollution of water resources and coastal areas, ocean currents and severe weather (ice/snow/hail storms, hurricanes, etc.) are the most costly and deadly of all natural disasters. Climate change affects the water cycle increasing the frequency of abnormal weather, including heavy rains and droughts, around the world with particularly severe impacts in developing countries. While its immediate attention will be in Connecticut and the Northeast, the Institute will develop comprehensive approaches to climate change research and its impacts at the national and international scales.
In collaboration with local, regional, and national partners, the Institute’s multi?disciplinary research, outreach, and education programs will strive to:
Improve scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its local and regional impacts on coastal and inland floodplain communities;
Develop and deploy natural science, engineering, legal, financial, and policy best practices for climate resilience;
Undertake or oversee pilot projects designed to improve resilience and sustainability of the natural and built environment along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways;
Create a climate?literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and which uses that knowledge to make scientifically informed, environmentally sound decisions;
Foster resilient and sustainable communities – particularly along the Connecticut coastline and inland waterways – that can adapt to the impacts and hazards of climate change; and
Reduce the loss of life and property, natural system and ecological damage, and social disruption from high?impact events.