Policy and Social Modeling Postdoc

Vermont EPSCoR/University of Vermont

Burlington, VT, US

A multi-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available in Policy and Social Modeling at the University of Vermont as part of an NSF-funded research project on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events.   Vermont EPCOR for its latest Track 1 award is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the research team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences and have access to significant resources including: Alan Alda Communicating Science workshops; undergraduate mentoring and training;  and over 30 research colleagues spanning numerous disciplines including hydrology, limnology, geology, engineering, environmental resources, economics, public policy and community development.

We seek a post-doctoral associate with demonstrated expertise in policy and social modeling using complex adaptive systems approaches, especially agent based modeling, network analysis and/or system dynamics modeling. The postdoctoral associate will work with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and stakeholders to develop agent based models of alternate policy, governance and social behavioral scenarios in the Lake Champlain basin relative to climate change, extreme events and regional resiliency of social-ecological systems. 

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, or a relevant social or engineering science discipline.  Experience or interest in developing and applying computational complex systems modeling approaches is also desirable.  Proficiency in JAVA programming will be considered a plus.

Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Anticipated start date January 15, 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  

Questions can be directed to Asim Zia ([email protected]).

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to [email protected] and reference Position ID PDA#002.