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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.

NEW NSF REU Experience for Undergraduates with the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Summer 2017

We are pleased to announce 6 opportunities for undergraduate students to participate this summer in interdisciplinary research associated with urban infrastructure resilience and community vulnerability in the face of extreme weather-related events. UREx SRN aims to generate knowledge and promote actions that will ensure urban resiliency.

Opportunity 1: Miami, FL
Flood mitigation and ecosystem restoration strategies that enhance human-ecosystem connectivity and health in coastal urban systems

Opportunity 2: Phoenix, AZ
The relationship of urban design and microclimate in influencing behavior to mitigate heat exposure on public transit stops in Phoenix Metro Area

Opportunity 3: Phoenix, AZ
Does vacant land in UREx SRN cities contribute to resilience or vulnerability?

Opportunity 4: Phoenix, AZ
Cost-effectiveness of municipal climate change adaptation strategies

Opportunity 5: Phoenix, AZ
Financing options for green infrastructure projects in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Transitions and implementation for urban resilience to extreme weather events

Opportunity 6: Portland, OR
Understanding the Capacity of Green Infrastructure to Mediate Extreme Heat Events in the Pacific Northwest

UREx SRN is interested in students who have their sights set on graduate school and careers in related scientific research and outcomes. The REU opportunity will provide selected students hands-on experience in data research, analysis, stakeholder engagement and active collaboration with the UREx SRN team.

Selected REU students are expected to produce a research poster and/or explore the potential to co-author a paper within one year of completing their summer experience.

What type of undergraduate students are we looking for? We would like students with the following traits:

– a passion for research
– a desire to engage in a life-changing research experience
– a strong and creative work ethic
– a willingness to challenge yourself, while having fun, and being committed to collaborative learning
– a strong interest in sustainability, climate change, urbanism, infrastructure and community
– a desire to learn more about all aspects of research
– a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, learn about yourself, and challenge your world views

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package up to US$4,500 for research stipends, supplies and travel (if applicable).

Application deadline: The application deadline is Friday, March 24th @ 5:00 PM AZ-MST.

A complete application includes: 1) submission of completed UREx SRN REU 2017 application form, 2) submission of 1 reference letter from a faculty, employer or mentor. The reference letter should be sent directly to agrobstein@asu.edu by the writer of the letter, not the REU student applicant.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Potential candidates may be contacted for a follow-up virtual or in-person interview within one month of the priority deadline.

Questions can be directed to Angela Grobstein, UREx SRN Project Manager

UREx SRN is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award Abstract # 1444755. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for the Urban Resilience Sustainability Research Network. This exciting, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research project is focused on generating the knowledge and promoting actions that will ensure resilience of cities in the face of extreme events. The graduate fellowship program will be a distributed program among ten institutions with degree programs in ecology, social science, engineering, physical science, and sustainability. Postdoctoral fellows will work in more focused working groups. 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).

Postdoctoral Fellows are currently being recruited to work at multiple institutions in the network (see listings below). ASU is recruiting three postdocs to work with the City Comparisons, SETS Integration, and Scenarios working groups under the mentorship of Nancy Grimm, Charles Redman, Mikhail Chester, and David Iwaniec. 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 for postdoctoral positions. Hiring will be subject to the policies and procedures of individual institutions. Active links in the “Apply here” column are current openings.

Institution Mentor(s) Topic (Apply Here)
Florida International University Kevin Grove, Rinku Roy Chowdhury City comparisons, Vulnerability assessment, Transitions & implementation