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CIRES/NC CASC Grasslands Project Post-Doctoral Researcher

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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) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher! This position will coordinate two interdisciplinary working groups to synthesize the science around climate change and climate change adaptation in the grassland socio-ecological systems of the North American Great Plains. The two working groups will synthesize available information on:
  1. The priorities, challenges, and climate change information needs faced by natural resource managers, Tribal Nations, and rural communities in the region; and
  2. The projected ecological impacts of climate change on grassland ecosystems. Both working groups will focus on grasslands in the NC CASC region: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. For more information on the project, please click here.
An overarching goal of this project is to identify under-served communities, ongoing or planned adaptation actions across the region, and information gaps that can advise future research directions for the NC CASC. This is a limited-term position.

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 mission of the NC CASC ( is to work with natural and cultural resource managers to identify, capture, and apply the information they need to understand and adapt to a changing climate. The NC CASC is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, CU Boulder, and five consortium partners. The NC CASC cultivates co-production of measurable science, where partner input is incorporated throughout the research process to better ensure that the science developed advises key management decisions. Further, the NC CASC is 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 North Central center is one of eight regional climate centers in the national CASC network ( built to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. The NC CASC serves primarily Department of Interior agencies, state fish and wildlife agencies, and Tribal partners across a seven-state region, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be co-located with a cohort of postdocs and research scientists in a collaborative and dynamic environment, with opportunities for training and professional advancement.

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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Coordinate the two working groups and an advisory committee of partners.
  • Participate in both working groups to conduct the synthesis efforts, including identifying and synthesizing relevant information.
  • Lead efforts to manage the writing and editing process with the working group members.
  • Contribute to the creation of communications products to distribute this information to a wide variety of academic and non-academic audiences using multiple communications mediums (social media, handouts, webinars, videos, infographics, etc.).
  • Identify and synthesize peer-reviewed literature, white papers, reports, policy documents, and other available information.
  • Identify and synthesize partner information needs and management priorities relevant for species and eco-regions of interest to the NC CASC.
  • Contribute to other NC CASC research efforts as relevant, e.g., contributing to open, reproducible workflows, identifying future research opportunities, etc.

What You Should Know

  • For questions about the job, please contact Heather Yocum,
  • For general information on applying, please contact Dawn Umpleby, Executive Assistant (
  • This is a limited-term position.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 


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What We Require

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited university in a relevant social or natural science (e.g., anthropology, geography, sociology, etc; ecology, climate, atmospheric or weather science, etc.).
  • Experience, or strong interest, in working with interdisciplinary research teams and/or applied research.
  • Experience, or strong interest, in working and communicating with non-academic audiences and engaging with partner communities.
  • Proven track record to synthesize large bodies of literature and prepare written summaries.

What You Will Need

  • Publication and grant-writing skills.
  • Team spirit and interest in interdisciplinary settings.

What We Would Like You To Have

We desire at least one of the following skill-sets, and do not expect candidates to bring all of the following skills or experience. We also welcome related knowledge(s) and/or skills that stem from applicants’ professional and life experiences.
  • Experience working with partner communities in grassland ecosystems and/or in the seven-state NC CASC region (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas).
  • Experience in, or ability to learn, science communication to broad audiences.

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 (2-3 pages).
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.
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 September 15, 2020. 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: Heather Yocum

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