Postdoctoral Research Associate (Environmental Resilience Institute Water Futures Initiative: Water Security, Justice and Politics)

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, United States
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The University of Virginia’s pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) seeks to hire a postdoctoral research associate for a new project in Water Security, Justice and Politics, co-directed by Prof. Paolo D’Odorico at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor Willis Jenkins, at the University of Virginia.  The ERI is launching a Water Futures Initiative (WFI) to explore and develop new knowledge and solutions to a set of our most pressing challenges in the availability, quality and allocation of water in local to global communities.  This position is one of three offered by the WFI in each of three focus areas: Water Security, Justice and Politics; Urban Water; and Coastal Land Margins. The initiative is based on interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaborative teams which are led by a pair of Faculty Fellows: for the following projects: 1) Water Security, Justice, and Politics (this position), 2) Resilient Urban Water Systems, and 3) Coastal Water Futures. A full description of each of the working groups can be found on ERI’s website at

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A PhD on a water-related topic in a discipline relevant to the desired working group is required. Ability to work as part of a team is required, and previous experience with interdisciplinary teams is preferred. Strong verbal and written communication of scientific results, strong emotional intelligence, and ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are required skills. Each research associate will be mentored by both leads, and will interact with the full team.

The Water Security, Justice and Politics group seeks a research associate with a background in global hydrology and water resources, ability to handle large datasets such as the output from global climate and hydrological models. Preference will be given to candidates interested in the social aspects of water, including for instance water justice, equity, rights, sustainability, and economics.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at  and attach a cover letter including an indication of what working group you are interested in, CV, a statement of research interests within the broad area of environmental resilience and sustainability, and a list of three references including contact information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on June 15, but the position will remain open until filled.

This is initially a one-year appointment; renewable for an additional two, six-month increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the Environmental Resilience Institute, please contact Jonah Fogel, Program Manager,

For questions about the WFI positions, please contact Larry Band, Professor, at or Karen McGlathery, Professor, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The ERI is a pan-university institute supporting research teams that develop interdisciplinary approaches to research, connecting practice and policy to address major societal challenges such as climate resilience, water and energy futures, environment and health. The Institute supports research projects and student training with a strong emphasis on actionable science that can be translated to decision-makers and stakeholders by leveraging strengths across the university in environmental sciences & engineering, social sciences, business, law, policy, humanities, art, and design.

Additional information about the Institute can be found at

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and