G2C Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA, USA 🇺🇸

The Environmental Resilience Institute at the University of Virginia (UVA) is launching a new Global-to-Community Climate Research Collaborative (G2C) Fellowship Program. The fellowship program seeks to recruit 15 postdoctoral scholars over the next five years and will grow UVA’s expertise in the research areas of climate dynamics, impacts, and action. We seek leading scholars to advance the connection between climate modeling and community-level decision making. Creating this capability will require scholarship spanning disciplinary, spatial, and temporal boundaries. 
Climate change is expected to increasingly affect disadvantaged, often underrepresented communities. Therefore, the G2C Fellowship Program is especially interested in including scholars with backgrounds that are underrepresented in climate change research. The postdoctoral fellows will work as a cohort and will receive professional support and training, technical support, and computational infrastructure tailored to the program. Fellows will each work directly with two faculty members in different Schools to build cross-disciplinary fluency in support of their own research. 
Research Areas
We invite applicants to further explore the G2C Research Areas and proposed projects on our website.

Climate Dynamics – Research that enhances prediction of climate change impacts at the regional and local scales where actionable information is most critically needed. Observational and high-resolution modeling studies of climate system interactions across scales using advanced data science techniques will be used to study community-level climate impacts and facilitate climate action. 

Climate Impacts – Research that provides a more complete picture of climate change impacts on communities, allowing them to better prepare for and mitigate these impacts in coming decades. Geospatial data science, real-time data generation and integration, and spatially explicit modeling of the community-scale energy and water nexus will allow us to build on our existing strengths in cyber-physical systems and socio-technical modeling.

Climate Action – Research that helps us understand more fully the feedbacks and tradeoffs between energy systems, land use, food policy, transportation systems. Decision-support modeling such as agent-based models, and geospatial data analytics, novel data science, and big data approaches will aid stakeholders with relevant, realistic, and politically and economically feasible information.

About ERI

ERI is the hub of interdisciplinary climate research at UVa. We provide seed funding and training to hundreds of faculty and students annually. With a focus on impactful research, ERI and its collaborators demonstrate our commitment to enhancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work. We partner regularly with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, UVA’s Career Center, and DEI staff across the university to provide career development and extracurricular opportunities to student and postdoctoral faculty. The University of Virginia is rated as one of the top 3 public universities in the nation and in the top 30 among all universities, public and private. Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best cities in which to live and work. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must have received or will receive their Ph.D. degree by June 2022. There is no citizenship requirement. Each G2C fellow will be appointed for two years contingent on a successful annual review.

Application Instructions

Please apply through Workday and complete an application online. Include the following documents:

  • A CV/resume
  • A cover letter (describe your research interest and describe how it aligns with a G2C Research Theme. Also list which of the projects are of greatest interest to you.)
  • A personal DEI statement

All documents can be loaded into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until positions are filled.  For additional questions regarding the program, please contact Andres Clarens, Professor and ERI Associate Director. For questions about and assistance with the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter. Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a background check per university policy.

Physical Demands

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.