Climate Change Research Associate (Research Associate 1)

University of Connecticut - Avery Point, CT (30+ days ago)4.3

Position Summary

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.
Minimum Qualifications

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.
Preferred Qualifications

A record of peer reviewed publications.
Experience in proposal preparations.
Appointment Terms

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. The University of Connecticut offers a competitive package of salary plus benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website: (under Staff Positions), 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. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018690)

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