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Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Science & Environmental Justice

University of California - Irvine
United States, Irvine
June 28, 2023
Position overview
Salary range:
60,000 - 72,000

Application Window

Open date: March 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, May 8, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Irvine is seeking a creative and motivated postdoctoral scholar with interest and expertise in climate science, geoscience education, environmental justice, and/or community-engaged research. The postdoc will help co-develop and implement course curricula, workshops, and community-engaged research projects as UCI seeks to develop a Cultural, Learning, and Institutional Model to Accelerate Transformations for Environmental Justice (CLIMATE Justice). The postdoc will be expected to work across disciplines and with community partners to address local and regional issues related to climate and environmental change, to help train and mentor diverse cohorts of PhD and postbaccaulaureate CLIMATE Justice fellows, and to communicate results in peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and public-facing venues.

This is a two-year appointment that is potentially renewable for up to 3 years. The start date is flexible, ideally sometime in the Spring of 2023. The salary will range from 60,000 to 72,000 USD per year, scaling with experience as detailed here, and includes generous benefits. This position will be based in the Dept. of Earth System Science, but the candidate will work closely with the UCI Research Justice Shop, a social science postdoctoral fellow in environmental justice, and other faculty and staff across the UCI campus .

About the CLIMATE Justice Initiative:

UCI's CLIMATE Justice Initiative aims to culturally transform the geosciences through multidirectional programming that brings on-the ground challenges of environmental justice and sustainability into the heart of geoscience research and education. The specific project objectives are to: 1) Train and empower postbaccalaureate and PhD students from historically marginalized communities to pursue graduate education and careers related to climate change, 2) Increase participation of scientists from traditional STEM disciplines in environmental justice and community-engaged research, 3) Build strong cross-disciplinary collaborations between geoscientists and experts from other fields, such as social science, 4) Develop equitable partnerships with community-based organizations, and 5) Transform the culture of geoscience by building a learning ecosystem that spans traditional institutional, disciplinary, and hierarchical boundaries. The project is funded through the US National Science Foundation's Cultural Transformations in the Geoscience Community program.

About UCI:

The Department of Earth System Science (ESS), founded in 1995, is the first US university department dedicated to understanding the Earth as a coupled system. Current departmental research focuses on environmental and climate science, including biogeochemistry of the land, ocean and atmosphere; climate dynamics; atmospheric science; ecosystems; glaciology and cryosphere science; and human systems. The ESS mission is to contribute through research and teaching to a fundamental scientific understanding of the Earth as a coupled system, to train the next generation of Earth scientists, and to inform and educate policy makers and the public-at-large. We envision a society that understands the impact of human activities on the global environment and the interactions within the Earth system that preserve the habitability of the planet. Inclusive Excellence is a core value of the Department of Earth System Science and we aim to foster a positive, inclusive, and healthy climate for all of our departmental members.

The Research Justice Shop (RJS), co-founded in 2018 and housed in the Newkirk Center for Science & Society, seeks to transform research practices to be more inclusive by facilitating equitable collaboration between the university and the communities most impacted by our collective social and environmental problems. As such, the RJS contributes to UC Irvine's aspiration to be a Minority Thriving Institution, a great partner to Orange County's diverse communities, and at the forefront of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research. RJS trains individuals and organizations in research justice and community-based research methods; we consult on and implement community engagement strategies and conduct research projects that use community-based research methods such as participatory action research and photovoice; we also study community-campus partnerships and the pedagogy of engaged scholarship.

Questions can be e-mailed to Valerie Sanchez (vasanch2@uci.edu)

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

  • An expected or recent Ph.D. in the geosciences or related fields (e.g. environmental science, climate science, physical geography, atmospheric science, oceanography, meteorology, hydrology)
  • Experience with basic or applied research related to climate and global change (broadly defined), including Earth system observation and/or modeling, and investigation of climate impacts and solutions and/or environmental pollution through field, laboratory and/or data/model based studies.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with environmental justice issues.
  • Experience with teaching and/or mentoring students from historically marginalized communities.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and communication skills.

Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter explaining your relevant background, your interest in this project, and your immediate and long-term career goals

  • Statement of Research - One page summary of your doctoral dissertation

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Irvine, CA