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Postdoctoral Researcher, Urban Climate Adaptation

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Desert Research Institute
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Las Vegas, NV
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Added: April 18, 2024
The Desert Research Institute’s (DRI) Division of Atmospheric Sciences and the California Nevada Adaptation Program’s Southern Nevada heat Resilience Lab (SNHRL) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher, Urban Climate Adaptation to support and grow the SNHRL program. This position will be based at the Las Vegas campus and will support the SNHRL in achieving program goals related to research development, data collection and analysis, community engagement, policy, and grant writing to support heat resilient communities across Southern Nevada. The SNHRL is a rapidly evolving and emerging community of practice, and this role will support the co-creation of heat resilience by regional decisionmakers and our most heat-impacted residents. This program is a regionally focused social learning space developed around a community of practice on extreme heat management and health that brings together public service providers (social services, urban planners, emergency responders, etc.) who understand the needs of their communities and are active in implementation decisions with researchers, and experts who can bring new data, modeling, and design options in an iterative process of mutual learning. It builds on the “urban lab” approach, which brings together urban planners and community organizations with researchers who assist in designing potential solutions.The California Nevada Adaptation Program (CNAP) work focuses on adaptation, with an intentional transition from statewide climate research toward preparing communities for local-level action to address regional climate hazards. This emphasis on adaptation provides opportunities to address some of the most pressing climate issues in California and Nevada at the regional and community level.Required Qualifications: · PhD from an accredited institution preferably in public policy, communication, environmental sciences, education or geography· Experience with research design and execution, data collection and analysis· Experience with policy development and analysis, decision support research and activities, and community engagement strategies· Experience collaborating or working with communities, public agency personnel, or community-based organizations Preferred Qualifications (optional): · Research experience in climate resilience and adaptation fields· Knowledge of heat impacts in Southern Nevada· Valid driver’s license · Ability to attend off-site meetings and events as needed· Bilingual preferred (Spanish or Tagalog)Conditions of employment: The successful candidate must live in the Las Vegas, NV area or be able to relocate to the area within 3-6 months of accepting the position. Work will be performed primarily on the Las Vegas campus, with opportunities for remote and offsite location work. Compensation and Benefits:Effective 7/1/24, the minimum annual starting salary for the Postdoctoral Researcher is $65,000. Final salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, 12 paid holidays, educational benefits, the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account, and a retirement plan that is beyond compare. Postdocs receive a 6.2% retirement contribution match, 15 annual leave days, and a beginning balance of 15 sick leave days. You are 100% vested in the retirement plan on your first day. Additionally, there is no state income tax in Nevada and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance. A summary of Postdoc benefits can be found at https://www.dri.edu/wp-content/uploads/Post-Doc-Benefits-Summary-FY24.pdf. Additional information can be found at www.dri.edu/careers. Organizational SummaryDRI is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students/postdocs who work alongside them, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects around the globe. Since 1959, DRI’s research has advanced scientific knowledge on topics ranging from humans’ impact on the environment to the environment’s effect on humans. DRI’s cutting-edge science and inspiring solutions support Nevada’s diverse economy, provide science-based educational opportunities, and inform policymakers, business leaders, and community members. With campuses in Las Vegas and Reno, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Opportunities for Career AdvancementDAS postdoctoral researchers hired from this posting will be eligible for promotion to permanent faculty (Assistant Research Professor) upon the successful completion of their postdoc. To support the postdoc in working towards this goal, DAS will provide support for the incumbent to begin to develop their own research program as a postdoc. DRI postdocs are eligible to serve as PIs on research grants, and the incumbent will be encouraged to collaborate with colleagues across DRI and at other institutions. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to participate in both formal and informal early career mentoring programs provided by DRI Human Resources.Application ProcessQualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at:https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/DRI-External/job/DRI---Las-Vegas-NV/Postdoctoral-Researcher--Urban-Climate-Adaptation_R0141788 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERNAL NSHE CANDIDATESDRI employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Browse Jobs” report within Workday to find and apply for jobs at DRI and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Browse Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the job requisition number, “R0141788” in the search box. For more detailed information about DRI, DRI faculty, and research projects and publications, please visit us at www.dri.edu. For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please email jobs@dri.edu or call the recruiting office at 702-862-5548.
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