Post Doctoral Fellow- Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC)

Post Doctoral Fellow- Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC)

  • 528178
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Hybrid
  • On Campus
  • Post Doc
  • UNAC Post Doctoral Fellow
  • UAF Intl Arctic Research Center

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC), you'll play a vital role in ensuring that climate science actively contributes to Alaskan’s efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This two-year postdoctoral position will investigate how the AK CASC supports climate change adaptation in Alaska. This research may involve working closely with AK CASC’s partners and affiliates to conduct interviews, surveys, or use other creative and innovative methods to study communication, actionable science, how scientific evidence is used in decision making, and evaluate AK CASC initiatives and activities.

To thrive in this position, applicants must have a PhD and a strong academic background in social sciences, complemented by proficiency in research methodologies, analytical skills, and transdisciplinary collaboration. We seek enthusiastic applicants that can demonstrate creativity, initiative, and strong oral and written communication skills. The successful applicant is enthusiastic about making meaningful contributions and is a motivated problem solver who enjoys working in a collaborative environment.

The post-doctoral fellow will have some latitude to develop research questions independently based on their expertise, but potential projects include the investigation of: 
  • Barriers and opportunities of an organizational approach to science communication
  • The roles of boundary spanners in facilitating actionable science 
  • Assessment of research-practice partnerships or co-production of knowledge 
  • Relationships between team composition, budgetary inputs, and actionable science outcomes

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in a relevant discipline (anthropology, sociology, human geography, psychology, political science, science and technology studies, public policy and planning, environmental studies, evaluation science, etc.). Demonstrated experience with social science research methods (e.g., interview, survey, comparative case studies, participant action, community-based research). Experience conducting research related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation is preferred.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth Yeddha' campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is a full-time, term-funded faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, faculty time off (FTO), and up to12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC)

Please submit: A cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, three professional references with contact information (phone number and emails). 

The initial review of applications will be Thursday, June 20, 2024. For full consideration please apply by Wednesday, June 19, 2024 by 11:55pm (Alaska Standard Time). To ensure full consideration please apply prior to the review date. The position will remain open until a successful candidates has been identified. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position 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 HR Coordinator, at or 907-474-1960.


*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or / 907-786-1214 or

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing

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