Postdoctoral Research Associate I RAPIDS
Company/Organization: Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will provide support and contribute leadership to various projects at the Water resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Water RAPIDS (Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program. The Research Associate will carry out both independent and collaborative research with University of Arizona partners and stakeholders to advance the understanding of water resources topics in Arizona and wider region. The position will require advanced knowledge of geospatial platforms, data management, and science translation for the development of resources to support water managers in their conservation and outreach goals. The successful candidate will have experience applying spatial concepts and technologies in their research and who have exhibited a strong record of independent research. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance. This is a grant-funded position with at least 24 months of existing support. The position may be extended depending on availability of funding.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:
- Perform geospatial research and analysis to support WRRC and Water RAPIDS initiatives, including, but not limited to, water management policy and planning; watershed restoration, management, and planning; and urban water use and conservation
- Adapt data and information on water supplies, water demands, management tools, scientific concepts, and policy strategies into public outreach materials
- Prepare maps and figures for research purposes and outreach materials
- Present information to regional and statewide stakeholder groups and collect information from stakeholders in both formal and informal venues
Develop program outreach plans, targeted stakeholder engagement tools and trainings to assist with water planning
Communicate with and assist key collaborators
- Write and/or edit materials for academic and general audiences
- In coordination with project team, seek opportunities for additional funding
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Qualitative and quantitative research synthesis skills, including ability to understand and interpret statistical techniques, models, and comparative research methods
- Excellent writing, editing, and oral communications skills
- Knowledge of public outreach and stakeholder engagement methods
- Advanced knowledge of ArcGIS applications, Microsoft Access, Excel, and Powerpoint
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat software
- Ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals and groups
- Substantial familiarity with groundwater management and Arizona's water policies and planning processes
- PhD degree in a field with relevance to the position description and requirements upon hire
- Research and/or professional experience in geospatial analysis, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement methods
Documents Needed to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to Applicant:
Upload a file with contact information (name, email address, telephone number) of three (3) professional references under the "Additional File" tab.
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