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CIRES/ NC CASC Post-Doctoral Associate in Ecology

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC; within CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist in Ecology to perform research activities on the topic of Ecological Impacts and Transformation under Climate Change in the 21st Century. The Postdoc will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment with a team of NC CASC and US Geological Survey ecologists, climate and social scientists, and adaptation specialists and their partner agencies. The postdoc will be actively involved in and lead several aspects of the project titled “Developing ecological scenarios for RAD decision-making” that aims to develop an approach for crafting ecological scenarios under future climate and test, refine, and demonstrate the utility and feasibility of the ecological scenarios approach. We are looking for a candidate with strong research interests and capabilities in understanding ecological impacts under climate change. The candidate is expected to have strong understanding and skills associated with ecological response models, in particular, correlative or mechanistic models for ecological impact assessment. The candidate is also expected to have a strong interest in conducting science synthesis, working in a highly collaborative setting, and translating and communicating science to the resource management community.

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.

Who We Are

The NC CASC is one of nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers ( built to help meet the changing needs of natural and cultural resource managers across the United States. The CASC-network fosters innovative and applied research in support of Tribal, federal, state, and local natural resource management and decision-making.

The NC CASC is hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). It is a partnership between CU Boulder, the U.S. Geological Survey, and five consortium partners: University of Montana; South Dakota State University; Conservation Science Partners; Wildlife Conservation Society; and Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance. The Center serves primarily Department of Interior agencies, state fish and wildlife agencies, and Tribal partners across a 7-state region, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. We are committed to open science, making data, code, and tools open and reproducible, to better enable a broad community of participants in the scientific process.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Perform collaborative research, science synthesis, and communication and outreach activities on the topic of Ecological Impacts and Transformation under Climate Change in the 21st Century to support scenario planning, adaptation, conservation and resource management in the North Central United States (NC CASC region).
  • Lead several key aspects of the project titled “Developing ecological scenarios for RAD decision-making” that includes, but is not limited to, coordinating working group activities to develop an approach for crafting ecological scenarios under future climate, and performing a case study to test, refine, and demonstrate the utility and feasibility of the ecological scenarios approach.
  • Assist in the mission of the Climate Science Support Platform at NC CASC to provide efficient and effective climate adaptation science support to the NC CASC community of scientists and stakeholders through a process of user-engaged science, research co-production and integration of science expertise to promote NC CASC strategic science activities that inform resource management priorities.
  • Work collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment with a team of ecologists, climate and social scientists, and adaptation specialists at NC CASC, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop products including, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publication(s), open-source datasets and tools, and public-facing synthesis documents.

What You Should Know

  • This is a full-time position, 40-hours per week, 12-month position with the possibility of extending for a second year.
  • This will be a hybrid position with some in person work and some remote work. Hybrid work arrangements will follow current CIRES and university guidance and policies.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • For questions about the position, please contact Imtiaz Rangwala (, or Jane Wolken (
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $54,000 - $60,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.


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

  • PhD in ecology, conservation biology or a related field.
  • A strong publication and presentation record that is commensurate with experience.

What You Will Need

  • Experience in community or population ecology, for example analyses of demographic changes with climate variability (e.g., mortality, recruitment), community assembly dynamics, species turnover, vegetation-type conversion, state change, regime shift, or ecological transformation
  • Experience researching ecological responses to climate variability and change and the role of interacting disturbance, extreme weather and climate events, hydrologic refugia, invasive species, functional types, etc.
  • Experience with ecological response modeling, in particular, correlative or mechanistic modeling for ecological impact assessment under climate variability and change.
  • Demonstrated ability to review, synthesize and analyze large amounts of scientific literature, complex information, and large spatiotemporal datasets, and perform statistical meta-analyses where appropriate.
  • Experience, or strong interest, in working with interdisciplinary and diverse teams.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and ability to take initiative and work independently as well as part of a large team.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required and preferred skills and experience, we invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this "What We Would Like You To Have" section. If you meet the minimum qualifications above and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills and knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience with engaging in co-production, co-creation, human-centered design, translational ecology, etc., to make science useful to natural resource management.
  • Experience using workflows and tools enabling reproducibility (e.g., GitHub, Google Earth Engine, Python, R) and commitment to open science principles.
  • Familiarity with and a strong interest in climate vulnerability assessments, and/or climate adaptation planning.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing how your goals, skills, and experience fit the core responsibilities of this position. Please also describe how your broader knowledge and experiences can contribute to our organizational culture and values (2 pages maximum).
  3. List of contact information for three references willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request one letter of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will start on November 1, 2022. 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 Information

Posting Contact Name: Imtiaz Rangwala

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