[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Position in Decision Support for Climate Risk Management; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Katerina Kostadinova katerina at psu.edu
Tue Nov 15 10:06:37 MST 2016

*Postdoctoral Position*
Decision Support for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

A postdoctoral position in decision support for sustainable climate risk
management is available in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at
the Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will join a
transdisciplinary research team to support the social science analysis of
two central areas of concern: (i) the role of values in climate change
science and risk management and (ii) how attention to stakeholder values
can serve to improve decision making under conditions of risk and
uncertainty. The aim of the position is to better understand and improve
decision support and risk communication that takes account of the values
and goals of stakeholders and helps to ensure that decision makers are best
equipped to identify and assess trade-offs between values, objectives and
strategies. The project has been developing an approach to mental model
analysis that includes the mapping of values, both those of stakeholders
and experts. The postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to work in a
variety of settings, including coastal management in New Orleans and
forestry management with the Menominee Nation in the context of changing
climates. The scholar will assist in evaluating climate risk management
communication and decision tools in experimental as well as real-life
settings. The ideal candidate would have experience evaluating decision
support tools, a strong background in a social science field including risk
management, experience with mental model or related approaches to decision
making, an appreciation of the role values play in decision making, and
experience with decision support tools. An understanding of climate change
mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering strategies is desirable. The
successful candidate must be interested in and able to collaborate on
transdisciplinary research involving Earth scientists, statisticians,
decision analysts, economists, and philosophers. Postdoctoral scholars are
expected to collaborate on established projects and will have considerable
freedom to collaboratively design the research in the areas outlined above.
Information about ongoing projects as well as publications can be found at:
http://scrimhub.org/research/publications/. This position is part of a
larger-scale hiring initiative (see http://scrimhub.org/
opportunities/employment/). The position is available immediately and will
remain open until filled. The initial appointment will be for a period of
one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional
years. Please upload a letter of interest, CV, reprints or submitted
versions of two relevant manuscripts, and contact information for three
professional references. For questions about the potential projects, please
contact Dr. Nancy Tuana (ntuana at psu.edu).

*Apply to job #67682 at* https://psu.jobs/job/67682/

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants
without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Katerina Kostadinova

Administrative Support Coordinator

Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM

Earth & Environmental Systems Institute

219 EES Building, University Park, PA 16802

P: (814) 865-5007
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