Post Doctoral Fellow

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  • Job Number:527104
  • Classification:UNAC Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Grade:UNAC Bi-weekly Assign.
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Post Doc
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Research/Science

Position Summary:

Are you a well trained research scientist looking to strengthen and diversify your skills? Are you interested in contributing to a complex collaboration synthesizing and communicating the consequences for people of environmental changes across the Arctic? Are you committed to rolling up your sleeves, exemplifying your belief that no job is too small, and contributing meaningfully to the synthesis, understanding, and communication of shared knowledge between Indigenous Knowledge Holders, policymakers, scientists, and industry leaders? Are you eager to find new and better ways of working across disciplines, cultures, and ways of knowing and then communicating creatively with diverse audiences? If this sounds like you, please consider applying to join the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) as our postdoctoral research fellow.

SEARCH seeks a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in a natural or social science and a dedication to addressing policy-relevant issues with the best available knowledge from science and other ways of knowing. That dedication should inspire confidence to work in a non-traditional, boundary spanning project. Under the supervision of the SEARCH principal investigator and in close collaboration with scientific, Indigenous, and policy-making colleagues, the fellow will synthesize existing knowledge across disciplines and knowledge systems and share the results in diverse formats to inform and drive policies and economic decisions.

The position is contingent on funding. SEARCH currently is funded by a grant to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) from the National Science Foundation. Additional funding from the Department of Homeland Security is pending. The fellow will be based at the International Arctic Research Center, UAF while collaborating with Indigenous researchers in rural Alaska and Greenland, the Eskimo Walrus Commission, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; scientific colleagues at UAF, Stantec Inc, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the National Center of Atmospheric Research, Terra Virens, ArcticNet (Canada), and the University of Michigan; as well as decision-making experts with the Wilson Center Polar Institute, the American Geophysical Union, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, governmental agencies, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (U.S. and Canada), and the Fram Centre (Norway).

To thrive in this position applicants should have demonstrated expertise relevant to understanding environmental change in the Arctic and the ability to place expertise in larger, societal contexts. Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, possess the ability to write effectively for diverse audiences and a demonstrated capacity and patience to work across disciplines and knowledge systems. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree in a Natural or Social Science at the time of appointment. 5 years of progressive research experience in a field relevant to the research (e.g. natural or social science, journalism, communications), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Position Details:

This position is ideally located on the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. A flexible work schedule may be considered upon discussion and in accordance with UA regulations. This is a full-time, exempt position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits
package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition
waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Please attach a resume, cover letter, up to three writing samples that best demonstrate the breadth of your writing skills, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Please submit your application no later than January 7, 2024 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The applications initial review for this job posting will start on January 8, 2024. This job posting will be closed once it is filled.

IARC's Diversity Statement:

At IARC, we value a culture of inclusion that leverages the research, educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all
individuals to help each thrive. Our strength and success as a research institute and university are built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences. IARC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, follow this link to IARC's DEI statement If you are interested in helping IARC build a deeper understanding of the Arctic and respond to society's needs through actionable science, we encourage you to apply.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Delia Lopez-Ketzler, IARC's HR Coordinator, at or 907-474-1960.

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