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Urban Resilience SRN Opportunities

Educational and Employment Opportunities

The UREx SRN is hiring staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows and undergraduate students across the network. Watch this space for opportunities.

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

A Postdoctoral fellowship position is available at Arizona State University beginning as early as summer 2018 to work jointly on UREx SRN and UWIN, two Sustainability Research Networks funded by the National Science Foundation.

Postdoctoral fellows will be full participants in annual All-Hands meetings, receive training in science communication and leadership, and lead the development of research projects. The goal of this training program is to provide an environment and programs in which diverse people (in terms of career stage, sector, ethnicity, culture, and discipline) may collaboratively learn about the impacts of extreme events on urban areas and how to promote the resilience of urban SETS infrastructure.

Inquiries: Prospective postdoctoral fellows should contact mentors listed in the table below. Hiring will be subject to the policies and procedures of the respective institutions. For full position details, click the link under the “Apply here” column.

Institution Mentor(s) Topic (Apply Here)
Arizona State University (partnering with Colorado State University) Mikhail Chester and Mazdak Arabi Data Science

Graduate Fellowship and Associateship Opportunities

We announce opportunities for Graduate Fellows and Associates to work with an exciting multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research project—Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN)—focused on generating the knowledge and promoting actions that will ensure resilience of cities in the face of extreme events. The UREx graduate program will be distributed among ten institutions with degree programs in ecology, social science, engineering, physical science, and sustainability. The cities in this network include Baltimore MD, Hermosillo (Sonora, Mexico), Miami FL, New York NY, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, San Juan PR, Syracuse NY, and Valdivia (Chile).

Graduate fellows in the UREx SRN program will have an opportunity to join a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research team working on cutting-edge science, knowledge exchange, and adaptation to extreme events affecting cities. UREx graduate fellows will be supported by stipends for two years, and must qualify for other support (i.e., teaching assistantships) for the remainder of their funding. As part of the program, fellows will participate in a postdoc-led reading group (Urban Resilience Reading Group) and other distributed seminars with their cohort across institutions and will develop independent yet networked doctoral research plans. Fellows will have opportunities to be active members’ research working groups, apply for short research experiences in Latin American countries, and participate in scenario-building workshops with practitioners and design studios for resilient urban infrastructure. Fellows will be full participants in annual All-Hands meetings, receive training in science communication, attend a summer institute with senior UREx fellows, and lead the development of research products. They will be eligible to apply for UREx summer funding and small UREx research grants for graduate students. The goal of this training program is to provide an environment and programs in which diverse people (in terms of career stage, sector, ethnicity, culture, and discipline) may collaboratively learn about the impacts of extreme events on urban areas and how to promote the resilience of urban SETS infrastructure.

Graduate associates will have access to the opportunities as described for fellows, above, but will not receive academic year stipends. They will be eligible to apply for UREx summer funding, small UREx research grants for graduate students, international experiences, and travel to UREx meetings. Associates will participate in the ongoing Urban Resilience Reading Group with their peers.

To apply: Students apply individually to work with mentors) for graduate programs and institutions in which they are interested (see Table below). Students are encouraged to contact prospective mentors included in this Table as soon as possible.

Institution Mentor(s) Programs(s)
Arizona State University Nancy Grimm Environmental Life Sciences
Biology & Society E4
Sustainability
Charles Redman Sustainability
Mike Chester Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment – Sustainability Engineering
Clark Miller Human and Social Dimensions of Science & Technology
Sustainability
Enrique Vivoni Earth & Space Exploration
Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment
Arizona State University + Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora Agustín Robles Morua with Vivoni or Grimm – Hermosillo, Mexico ASU programs as above
Clark University Rinku Roy Chowdhury Geography
City University of New York – Hunter College William Solecki Earth & Environmental Sciences
Florida International University Tiffany Troxler Biological Sciences
Evelyn Gaiser Biological Sciences
John Kominoski Biological Sciences
Georgia State University David Iwaniec Urban Studies Institute
Andrew Young School of Public Policy
Urban Sustainability Lab
North Carolina State University Kenneth Kunkel Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
Pennsylvania State University Lauren McPhillips Civil and Environmental Engineering
Portland State University Vivek Shandas School of Urban Studies and Planning
Heejun Chang Geography
Syracuse University Charlie Driscoll Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering
The New School Timon McPhearson Milano Urban Policy
Social Research
University of Maryland Baltimore County Alan Yeakley Geography and Environmental Systems
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus Pablo Méndez-Lázaro Environmental Health
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Jennifer Santos-Hernández Sociology
Planning
Environmental Science

RULA IRES Opportunity

The Resilient Urban Latin America (RULA) International Research Experience for Students (IRES) project offers one undergraduate and three graduate students the opportunity to conduct eight to ten weeks of onsite research in a Latin American or Caribbean urban community facing climate extremes. For a full description, including the application process, see here.

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