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Organization: University of Central Florida
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Location: Orlando, FL
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2017-09-25

Position Description:

Postdoctoral Associate, Environmental Science and Public Administration

The University of Central Florida (UCF), School of Public Administration and Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster Initiative, in Orlando, Florida is hiring a postdoctoral researcher in Hazards, GIS, and Emergency Management with an expected start date of January 1, 2018. This technical position, sponsored by the Boardman Endowment for Environmental Studies and Public Administration and UCF’s Postdoctoral Preeminence Program, aims to bridge the gap between research and practice by building new tools and technologies for decision making in the face of extreme events.

At UCF, the postdoctoral researcher will develop cutting edge geospatial applications for the general public, public administrators, and the emergency management community and analyze current issues surrounding social vulnerability, medical vulnerability, disaster risk, and resilience. Responsibilities will also include co-mentoring and co-managing of graduate and undergraduate students; engaging in pre/post-disaster fieldwork; authoring manuscripts and conference presentations; creating and implementing a Web GIS tools and technologies for public policy makers, analyzing quantitative and qualitative datasets; and co-leading practitioner engagement and outreach activities. The researcher will be part of an, interdisciplinary team from geography, engineering, economics, public administration, political science, and biology.

The postdoctoral scholar will devote most of her/his time to research, analysis, application development around disaster risk and vulnerability measures and metrics. Successful candidate will also collaborate on interdisciplinary research with a heavy geospatial development focus, and if desired, may have a one-course teaching opportunity later in the postdoctoral appointment (though not required). The position offers an excellent opportunity to participate in transformative, interdisciplinary work with a hands-on, practical engagement component throughout the state, region, and nation.

Initially, the appointment will be for one year, contingent on continued university support and above satisfactory performance and productivity metrics evaluated by the mentor. Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on available funding. Selection will be based on the candidate’s record, scholarly potential, compatibility with the interests of the faculty mentor, and desire to be part of an interdisciplinary research team. Successful candidate will start Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

The selected candidate should have a research record that demonstrates expertise in undertaking spatial analysis, creating geospatial applications, and the use of mixed methods (qualitative, quantitative) with an emergency management focus, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Position Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution by the time of hire in Geography, Geographic Information Systems or a related social science field, and experience with JSON, Python, and application development.

Preferences
Experience with emergency management, hazards, disasters, or public administration. Environmental geography or emergency management is desired.

Special Conditions

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Applicant must be able to start in Spring of 2018

Additional Application Materials Required
Applicants must apply directly with mentor, Dr. Christopher T. Emrich (christopher.emrich@ucf.edu). Application must be a single pdf document containing the following:
1. a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
2. a 2-page statement of research interests connecting your existing work and future research plans to broad disaster/emergency management decision making,
3. 2-3 examples of peer-reviewed publications, and
4. a list of 3 professional references. PDF filename must include candidate’s last name and first initial (e.g. {Candidate_Last_Name_First_Initial}_Boardman_Postdoctal_Application).

Note: Incomplete/Multiple applications will not be considered. Please ensure that your complete PDF is in order before sending application.

Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled, but reviewing of applications will begin on October 15, 2017.

Questions about this postdoctoral fellowship position can be directed to the co-mentors: Dr. Christopher T. Emrich, christopher.emrich@ucf.edu

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.