Postdoctoral fellowship - Study of Environmental Arctic Change

Brendan P. Kelly November 9, 2023

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.

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Additional information

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.