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CIRES/ESOC Landslide Modeler Post-Doc Researcher

Requisition Number:

18055

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to conduct advanced landslide modeling experiments on a diverse set of mass movements in the western US. The primary objective of this research is to determine how and why interactions between extreme precipitation, wildfires, earthquakes and mass movements can lead to cascading hazards and large-scale disasters. The applicant will be part of a larger NASA collaborative effort seeking to advance understanding of the pre-conditioning of environmental factors and physical mechanisms that result in cascading hazards, involving integration of remote sensing and in situ observations with physically-based, coupled hydrologic, mass movement and hydraulic models. Specific goals of this position include investigation of the interaction of large precipitation events wildfire and mass movements in Colorado, earthquakes, debris dams and mass movements in California, wildfire and mass movements in Washington state and climate change, glacial recession and mass movements in southeastern Alaska. The applicant will work with an experienced group of remote sensing and modeling researchers to develop advanced landslide models and experiments at a series of scales, incorporating results from hydrologic modeling and advanced data products to gain insight into the triggering and dynamics of cascading landslide hazard. The participant is encouraged to develop new and novel approaches to these problems and extend their work to other geographical domains. This research position will provide professional development opportunities in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment, with the potential to participate in education and outreach activities.

Research will be done within the University of Colorado’s prestigious Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (http://cires.colorado.edu/) located in Boulder, CO, with other scientists and stakeholders.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

For more information on CIRES, please visit https://cires.colorado.edu/

At ESOC, our mission is to advance scientific and societal understanding of the Earth System based on innovative remote sensing research. In so doing, we provide fundamental insights into:

How the Earth system functions.
How it is changing, and
What those changes mean for life on Earth…
for the benefit of human kind.

For more information on ESOC, please visit https://cires.colorado.edu/esoc/

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct advanced landslide modeling experiments on a diverse set of mass movements in the western US
  • Determine how and why interactions between extreme precipitation, wildfires, earthquakes and mass movements can lead to cascading hazards and large-scale disasters.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of annual renewal based on performance and the availability of funds.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in geophysics or related scientific field.
  • Two years of experience (obtained through academic training) with landslide models of various types and data assimilation of both in situ and remote sensing data sets.

What You Will Need

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong emphasis on computational modeling and data assimilation at a variety of scales, and statistical and numerical analysis
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent presentation skills and technical writing are required

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Additional experience with landslide models of various types and data assimilation of both in situ and remote sensing data sets will be an asset.
  • Computer programming in c, R, Matlab and/or python is desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of references.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
Full consideration will be given to applications received by June 17, 2019. The position will remain posted until filled. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Kristy Tiampo

Posting Contact Email: kristy.tiampo@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.