Postdoctoral and post-Master’s applicants (J. Philip Keillor Flood Resilience - Wisconsin Sea Grant Fellow)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Application DeadlineJanuary 10, 2021

The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program (housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center), in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), seekspostdoctoral and post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to climate change, water resources, flooding adaptation, social science, urban planning, or preparedness and mitigation in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Together, these programs will fund this state Science-Policy Fellow position, named in honor of a longtime Sea Grant coastal engineering expert J Phillip Keillor, to celebrate his legacy in providing science to help build resilience in Wisconsin. This Fellow position will provide a unique educational and career opportunity for a recent graduate interested both in aquatic resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in Wisconsin. This program places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate within a state agency full-time for up to one year, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to address Wisconsin flood resilience issues while receiving valuable real-world science-policy experience from the resource professionals who will serve as mentors. These mutually beneficial partnerships will result in advancing science to support policy decisions as well as valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the work force.

The Fellow will work closely with WDHS staff and work groups, other state and federal agencies, and researchers from a variety of fields to tackle the important challenge of connecting science related to flooding with community planning efforts. The fellowship mentor team will include Dr. Roy Irving and Margaret Thelen (WDHS) and Drs. Natalie Chin, Adam Bechle, and Jennifer Hauxwell (Wisconsin Sea Grant).

There is significant flexibility in the specific questions and approaches that the Fellow will tackle and employ, and we seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds including public health, climate sciences, social sciences, water resources, communications, etc. Specific priorities for this position are:

  • Lead and coordinate piloting and full implementation of the Wisconsin Flood Resiliency Scorecard (FRS).
  • Create a resource sharing platform for end users (municipalities and county level governments) to share best practice resources and results from FRS.
  • Lead the evaluation of the Flood Resiliency Scorecard to assess usability and end user satisfaction and revise the Scorecard accordingly.
  • Work with federal, state, and academic partners to explore and implement moving the FRS into an accessible online platform.

The Fellow will have opportunities to discuss WDHS’s work with a variety of stakeholders such as other state agencies, local partners, and members of the public. Through this project, the Fellow will gain a better understanding of, and experience serving in, the role of a scientist in public health practice. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to expand their science and risk communication skills, learning best practices to effectively convey technical information to a broad range of audiences.

This Fellow is intended to be stationed in downtown Madison at the WDHS, and will work with researchers from across the state, region and country, as well as stakeholders and policy-makers in Wisconsin. The position requires occasional travel, including overnight stays. Work arrangements may need to be flexible and may evolve amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, adhering to all University of Wisconsin-Madison and state directives and guidance.

More detail on the fellowship is attached and here -

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Hauxwell at