[ES_JOBS_NET] NCAR Postdoctoral Researcher: health risks to urban ozone and extreme heat

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Nov 23 10:18:44 MST 2015


Postdoc Researcher

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    *Postdoc Researcher*


    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a two year term, full-time position.  Initial
    consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00
    p.m. on Friday, December 18^th , 2015. Thereafter, applications will
    be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)

    Relocation benefits not provided

    UCAR/NCAR will NOT sponsor a work visa to fill this position



    The person hired for this position will conduct research on current
    and future health risks of an older population to urban ozone and
    extreme heat, indoors and outdoors.  The research will include
    analysis of current and future atmospheric conditions and air
    quality; analysis of demographic and housing characteristics as they
    relate to population’s exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity
    to extreme heat and ozone; development and application of
    statistical methods to model the combined effect of air pollution,
    climate, building characteristics, and social vulnerability on 
    relative risk of mortality and morbidity among older urban populations.

    Works closely with scientists and other professionals at NCAR,
    universities, and public health departments undertaking research on
    extreme heat, air quality and human health. Submits the results of
    the research to peer-reviewed journals and presents research at
    scientific meetings.



      * Performs independent and collaborative research developing
        statistical methods for analyzing environmental and demographic
        data and modeling health risks to ozone and extreme heat in
        indoor and outdoor urban environments. Tasks will include
        integration of diverse spatio-temporal data in a comprehensive
        modeling framework, multivariate analysis of air quality and
        health outcomes, measurements of the effect of characteristics
        of urban environmental and social systems on individual health,
        improved prediction of heat health outcomes in current and
        future climates, and quantification of uncertainty in
        predictions, based on future climate
      * scenarios.
      * Assists in developing survey sampling strategy and collecting data.
      * Participates in research development with internal and external
        collaborators across disciplines.
      * Communicates research results through publication in
        peer-reviewed journals, meeting proceedings, and presentations
        at scientific meetings.




    *Education and Experience:*

      * Ph.D. degree in statistics, applied mathematics, environmental
        sciences, geography or related disciplines

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * In-depth knowledge of spatio-temporal statistics
      * Demonstrated skill working with applications in environmental
        impacts on public health (e.g., statistics in epidemiology)
      * Familiarity with air quality research and experience working
        with chemical transport model output
      * Demonstrated ability to participate in an interdisciplinary
        project and interact productively with physical and social
      *    and public health practitioners.
      * Ability to establish and maintain a strong publication record.
      * Strong skills in written and oral communication of research
        results, including in an interdisciplinary context.

    *Technical/computational skills:*

      * Excellent programming skills in a statistics environment (e.g.,
        R, Matlab)
      * Knowledge of GIS packages (e.g. ArcGIS)
      * Familiarly with UNIX
      * Familiarity with netCDF data format

    *Decision Making and Problem Solving:*

      *   In consultation with research team, the new hire helps to
        shape the specific research tasks to be conducted as part of the
      * Solves problems that may arise in the course of completing
        research plan. Works independently to solve these problems,
        establishes schedules to meet deadlines as needed by supervisor.
      * Obtains guidance when she/he cannot make a decision or solve a
        problem independently.

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
    equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that
    strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is
    committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and
    applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of
    race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
    gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
    orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

    Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are
    committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that
    values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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