Position Opening: Postdoctoral Researcher in Snow Avalanche Hazards

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The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) are seeking an early career researcher interested in snow avalanches, climate change, and natural resource management in Alaska. The postdoctoral research fellow will join a collaborative, regionally focused research effort and lead a research project that includes delivering actionable science that meets the needs of stakeholders and decision-makers.

Research Direction and Experience

The prospective postdoctoral research fellow will contribute to an internationally collaborative research project involving AK CASC, UAF, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS), and WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF (Switzerland). The fellow will have considerable latitude in developing a research plan that matches their expertise and interests with the needs of Alaska’s stakeholder and management community within the context of the broader research focus, which seeks to improve scientific understanding of the effects of a changing climate on snow avalanches and related hazards in Alaska and the impacts on natural resources and people in their natural and built environments.

We seek a research fellow with an understanding of avalanches, cryosphere change, experience in field-based experiments and analysis and/or modeling, and a background in geophysics, hydrology, remote sensing, physical geography, or closely related fields. The candidate should have a demonstrated record in scientific writing and will be expected to lead publication writing and contribute to reports. The candidate should have a developed skill set that includes large dataset management, geospatial and statistical analysis, scientific programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, and R), and experience with GIS. Experience with RAMMS or other geophysical numerical modeling tools is not required but would be considered an asset.

The position will be based at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at UAF and will be supervised by Dr. Gabriel Wolken at UAF and jointly mentored by Dr. Wolken and Dr. Yves Bühler at WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF (Switzerland). This is a one-year position with an opportunity for a second year.

How to Apply

Apply now to join the AK CASC and contribute to regionally relevant science for a changing climate. Applications can be submitted to the IARC postdoctoral pool and should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references. Applications received by January 7, 2022 will be prioritized.

Other Details

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