Seeking new co-leads for the Early Career Community of Practice

Liz Weinberg January 4, 2023

We are seeking applications for co-leads for the Early Career Community of Practice. These are volunteer positions. @Alex Taitt (UAF) and @Angela Bliss (NASA) are currently co-leading this team and new co-leads will join this amazing leadership team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Early Career Community of Practice provides a space where those who identify as early career can connect with the broader research community and share opportunities and announcements within the community. The community of practice works closely with the US National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS). It will also work with IARPC collaboration teams to pursue their objectives as outlined in the recently released implementation plan for the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. Early Career Community of Practice co-leaders will interact with IARPC Collaborations team leaders from multiple federal agencies conducting or supporting Arctic research as well as from academic and industry backgrounds.

Collaboration Team Co-leader Responsibilities:

Collaboration team leaders have cyclical and ongoing responsibilities that include:

  • Leading the IARPC early career research community in a thoughtful and inclusive way
  • Regularly communicating and working in a collaborative way with fellow co-leads
  • Acting as a resource and coordinator for community members’ questions and ideas on community activities
  • Contributing to and help create monthly newsletters in collaboration with USAPECS
  • Reaching out to potential speakers for meetings and working with co-leads and IARPC Secretariat on meeting agendas and announcements
  • Organizing and chairing community meetings
  • Supporting reporting on community activities
  • Participating in annual leadership workshops

Co-leads can expect to devote between 5 to 10 hours per month on average to their leadership role. We ask applicants to be prepared to commit to serve at least two years as a co-lead. If there are unforeseen circumstances that require leaders to step down before two years, we request they help find a replacement in discussion with the other co-leads. All those selected to be co-leads will be trained and onboarded. Early career researchers (including students) with interests in any aspects of Arctic science are welcome to apply.

To Apply

Please email Liz Weinberg ( with the following information by February 3:

  • Brief statement of intent stating why you are applying for a leadership role, what you hope to gain from the leadership experience, and what you want to contribute to the team
  • Up to date resume/CV