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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Northeastern University

Job Description

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities
is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education administration.

Join the
Boston Area Research Initiative
(BARI) at Northeastern University! BARI advances place-based, civically-engaged research that leverages a robust use of data to benefit local communities. In collaboration with the City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Project RIGHT in Grove Hall, BARI is seeking to add a Postdoctoral Research Associate to the team to help lead and manage a community-led, science-driven action research project focused on climate resilience along Boston’s Blue Hill Ave. corridor. The work is supported by a recent grant from the National Science Foundation. The position will be a core member of BARI’s multigenerational research team, which consists of faculty, postdocs, PhD, master’s, and undergraduate students and is led by Director Dan O’Brien and co-PIs on this project (Profs. Michelle Laboy in Architecture, Amy Mueller in Engineering, and Moira Zellner in Public Policy). The position will also have a co-affiliation with the City of Boston.
Areas of activity will include, but will not be limited to: interfacing with multiple project partners to design and implement research plans; processing and modeling data generated by environmental sensors to identify localized inequities in hazard exposure and their correlations with infrastructure and demographics; assisting in the preparation and execution of data-driven stakeholder workshops; writing and presenting results from the research; developing public products from project-generated data that are accessible and meaningful to non-data scientists, including policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders, published through BARI’s
Boston Data Portal
; helping to manage and mentor graduate and undergraduate students working on the project; and contributing to the development of grant proposals to support future research. Appointment will be for two years with the possibility of extension, contingent on available funds.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in environmental science, engineering, urban studies, planning, public policy, or a related field; others will be considered based on individual fit with the research mission. Experience and comfort with interdisciplinarity are strongly recommended. Must possess strong analytical skills and relevant modeling experience (e.g., geographical information systems, statistics, remote or localized sensing) as demonstrated by prior coursework, dissertation, and publication record. Fluency with R, Python, and geographical information software (GIS) is required. Comfort communicating science with non-scientists also required.
Documents to Submit:
Resume and cover letter required.
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Additional Information
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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