Postdoctoral Employee (Water Resources Policy)

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy, in the School of Social Ecology seeks applications to fill a full-time Postdoctoral Employee position in water resources policy. Candidates are required to have a PhD in such fields as natural resources management, environmental economics, water resources engineering, geography, or other fields related to water resources policy.

We seek a self-driven, creative thinker with strong quantitative and interpersonal skills to help accomplish an important and interesting set of research tasks. The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of graduate and undergraduate students working on a coordinated set of water resources projects that will manage large datasets. Topics of active research include drinking water quality policy and flood risk management. The postdoctoral fellow can engage in one or both of these topics. Areas of particular interest for drinking water quality include evaluation of the effectiveness of federal and state regulation to ensure safe water for all. Relevant topics related to flood risk management include a national assessment of social vulnerability and disparities in post-disaster assistance.

Excellent statistical analysis skills are preferred, including expertise in categorical data analysis using maximum likelihood estimation. Candidates should have knowledge of statistical software, such as Stata or R. A working knowledge of the literature related to water resources management (regardless of the specific discipline) is not required but desired; an intellectual interest in interdisciplinary study is essential.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Maura Allaire and will work closely with faculty collaborators and doctoral students. Overall, it is expected that the postdoctoral fellow will engage in high level research and be involved in analysis and publication on projects currently underway at the University of California, Irvine.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and is benefits-eligible. The initial appointment will be for one year with extensions for further years dependent on the availability of extramural funding. Expected start date is September 16, 2019; if necessary, modifications are possible. Applicants will need to submit a dossier including: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) sample publication, and (4) provide contact information for three references (please do not solicit letters).

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Candidates should apply online. To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by August 14, 2019. Priority will be given to applications received by this date. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Maura Allaire at [email protected].