Job Description: Start date is as soon as possible. The postdoctoral researcher will support several ongoing initiatives, including a project funded by NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System and a NASA-funded project to support Tribal decision making for fire preparedness and cultural burning.
These projects focus on integrating regionally-relevant information on ecological drought and fire risk, recognizing known linkages among drought and wildfire risk, water sustainability, and ecosystem dynamics, to develop an actionable climate adaptation framework for natural resource managers. The postdoc will contribute to data integration, spatial analyses, and the development of a structured decision support process to guide adaptation strategies and responses to extreme precipitation variability, drought, and fire risk. Other research opportunities for this position include development of practitioner-accessible conceptual frameworks for decision making, multi-metric evaluation and integration, and development of a climate adaptation decision support tool for natural resource managers. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Megan Jennings (SDSU) along with collaborators Rebecca Lewison (SDSU) and Amber Pairis (Desert Research Institute & Climate Science Alliance). The project may require travel within California.
Qualifications: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in related climate adaptation research, drought or fire data analyses, spatial analyses, decision support methods and tools to advance climate adaptation planning and implementation. A PhD is required as well as strong spatial analyses and programming skills. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project stakeholders at a variety of natural resource management organizations and Tribal governments or organizations. Familiarity with the Southern California ecosystems is desirable.
Appointment: 75-100% time appointment for one year from start date, with the possibility for additional year(s) of funding contingent upon performance. Salary is approximately $64,000 a year plus benefits (DOE).
To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Megan Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Climate Adaptation Postdoc" in the email subject heading. The position will remain open until filled, but application review will commence on July 27, 2023. San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer.