Research Scientist (Asst)

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY, USA 🇺🇸

JOB DESCRIPTION

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives

JOB TITLE:                       

Co-Production Coordinator

JOB PURPOSE:   

The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for a Co-Production Coordinator for the Wyoming Anticipating Climate Transitions (WY-ACT) project with the Center for Climate, Water and People. This NSF EPSCoR-funded project builds the capacity of Wyoming residents to anticipate and prepare for significant and lasting changes in water availability (see additional details below). In our project, co-production refers to a place-based, pluralistic, goal-oriented, and collaborative process of knowledge creation with stakeholders and communities. The Co-production Coordinator will be instrumental in helping establish relationships and facilitate integrative knowledge creation related to changing water supplies and cascading dynamics across the project’s three-basin area in western Wyoming.  

This position is a 12-month appointment with the primary responsibility of coordinating co-production activities, contributing to the science of co-production, and building capacity and sustainability for the success of the Center for Climate, Water, and People. The project will be based in Laramie with travel to communities in western Wyoming.  

WY-ACT Project Summary 

Water resources in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region are under significant threat from climate change. A shift from snow- to rain-dominated precipitation over the mountains, higher rates of evaporation, and increasing interannual variability elevate risks to watershed and ecosystem functioning and diminish the quality of natural resources that underpin social and economic stability in the region. Our capacity to identify and quantify risks and predict societal consequences of shifting climate conditions in the nation’s critical headwater areas, like in Wyoming, are limited by uncertainties in how hydrological, ecological and sociological systems interact. Humans are central agents in watershed behavior but quantitative understanding of feedbacks between human actions and hydrological/ecological functioning in a warming climate is generally not available to decision-makers. Through high performance computing, we will quantify the likely range of responses of streamflow, aquatic ecosystems, and vegetation to a changing climate in America’s key headwater region. The gap between scientific understanding and community responses addresses the very nature of how scientific research is conducted. Our project will narrow this gap by adopting a transdisciplinary framework of knowledge coproduction that puts stakeholders at the center of the scientific enterprise. We will use this framework to improve representation of social, economic, ecological and hydrological interactions and processes in integrated models that incorporates underrepresented groups in STEM directly into research and workforce development. Sustained investments and outcomes include a new Center for Climate, Water and People at the University of Wyoming that engages the entire jurisdiction with research outcomes, enhanced place-based research and public engagement at the UW-AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National 

Park, and development of a Regional Earth System Modeling Lab with new faculty hires at UW to expand research opportunities with state, regional and national partners. Our project activities and investments in critical and sustainable facilities and personnel will enhance Wyoming’s research competitiveness and more effectively support the needs of people in Wyoming and the region by addressing the goals of the Wyoming Science & Technology plan to leverage high performance computing investments and water science into co-production of knowledge and economic development. 

EPSCoR Office 

This position will work with the UW NSF EPSCoR Office. For more information see: http://www.uwyo.edu/epscor/  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Managing and coordinating iterative processes for co-production including establishing, communicating, and facilitating a co-production committee of stakeholders; assisting with scenario planning workshops; tracking and evaluating emerging and seed funding opportunities; and interfacing with the data and modeling team to bring insights from co-production to create usable and useful decision-support tools and predictive models.  
  • Contributing to the science of co-production including bringing best practices and knowledge of co-production into the process, designing and writing research articles about the co-production process, collaborating with other co-production researchers, and considering new directions for co-production for the Center for Climate, Water and People.  
  • Writing grants to support future co-production activities of the Center for Climate, Water and People. The Center for Climate, Water and People is the organization that will carry on the public-facing work of the WY-ACT team beyond the duration of the current NSF-EPSCoR grant (5 years). In addition to helping to run the co-production activities of this 5-year project, the Coordinator will help lead grant writing efforts to secure long-term funding for the sustainability of the effort. This will include identifying funding opportunities, writing grants with the support of other team members, and meeting with potential funders.  

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNCTIONS:  

We seek an organized, personable, and adaptable colleague to serve in this core role of the effort. We welcome applicants with demonstrated experience in facilitation, co-production, and stakeholder engagement related to environmental issues and natural resources management, with a focus on water. Candidates may bring expertise from any number of applicable fields including communication, extension, public policy, environmental policy, political science, ecology, and collaborative governance, and could include experience in the public, private or nonprofit sector. The ideal candidate will have experience in outreach/engagement, some form of collaborative research, excellent communication skills and a desire to work with a wide variety of stakeholders across Wyoming.  

COMPETENCIES:  

Attention to Detail, Formal Presentation Skills, Initiative, Innovation, Oral Communication, Teamwork, Collaboration, Individual Leadership, Meeting Facilitation, Visionary Leadership, Judgement, Analysis/Problem Identification. 

REMOTE WORK ELIGIBILITY:

This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field of study; 
  • Experience in outreach and engagement;  
  • Knowledge of and interest in environment and natural resource issues (especially water); 
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication;  
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 
  • Interest in collaborative approaches to knowledge creation. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • A PhD in a relevant field of study; 
  • Experience leading collaborative research or community projects; 
  • Experience with water in the Mountain West; 
  • Experience with integrated modeling or familiarity with some form of modeling;  
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to natural resource-based economies, communities, and workforces; 
  • Experience in team science; 
  • Experience in working with tribal and/or Latinx communities;  
  • Experience raising funds from diverse sources including state and federal grants, foundations, and private donors. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  

Candidates should submit a UW online application with (1) a letter of interest; (2) a detailed CV; and (3) contact information for four references (to be contacted only for finalists) uploaded as one document.  

Address applications to the search chair, Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp, Assistant Professor, Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources. Nominations and expressions of interest in the position will be held in confidence until on-campus interviews are conducted. Questions about the position can be addressed to Corrie Knapp at [email protected] Application process questions can be addressed to Rick Matlock at [email protected]  Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The University of Wyoming is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, employment and motor vehicle history. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check. 

Review of applications begins on August 19, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 15, 2022, or as soon as the candidate can begin.  

HIRING STATEMENT:  

UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.   

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email [email protected].

ABOUT LARAMIE:

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.

Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/


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