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Postdoctoral Associate - Fort Collins, Colorado

Colorado State University

Job Description

Working Title Postdoctoral Associate - Fort Collins, Colorado
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Is this position eligible for hybrid or remote work? Yes - Hybrid Remote/In-Office
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202202060AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $60,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/31/2023
Description of Work Unit
As an academic department at Colorado State University we conduct research in the area of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) and prepare students for careers in conservation leadership and tourism. This area of study focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as they relate to the natural environment. The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits. As a part of Colorado State University, HDNR is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
Position Summary
A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available with an NSF-funded project investigating wildfire risk governance networks in the American West. We seek a social-ecological systems scientist or quantitative social scientist to lead project management, data analysis, outreach, and scientific writing.
The position will support research on how local-level wildfire protection planning processes interact with and shape systems-level risk governance and, consequently, the implementation of risk mitigation measures at both local and regional scales. This research aims to improve understanding of (i) how risk governance networks affect policy implementation and adaptation in collaborative planning processes and in the scope of decisions they produce, (ii) how social processes (such as learning, cooperation, and competition) affect the implementation of those decisions, and (iii) how interdependent decision-making processes affect the efficiency of risk mitigation at regional scales. Methods applied to answer these questions will include fieldwork among wildfire stakeholders (e.g., online and in-person interviews and surveys in Colorado), text analysis of planning and policy documents, network analysis, and computational modeling. In-person is preferred, but there’s potential for remote work.
Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here, https://covid.colostate.edu/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/
Required Job Qualifications
  • PhD in the quantitative social sciences or social-ecological systems-related discipline (by anticipated start date)
  • Strong publication record (relative to timing of degree)
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Theoretical background in decision-making, collective action, cooperation, and governance
  • Skills in data science and computational methods, including network analysis and spatial tools
  • Experience conducting fieldwork and outreach
  • Familiarity in natural resource management or wildfire in the American West
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Project Management
  • Overall project management
Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Research
  • Data collection and analysis; writing scientific papers and grants
Percentage Of Time 70
Job Duty Category Outreach and communication
  • Design and implement outreach activities and materials
Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than January 31, 2023, for full consideration at: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/118680 . Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (Letter of interest specifying how the candidate meets the qualifications and goals for future career) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.
  • Resume
  • References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Jonathan Salerno: jonathan.salerno@colostate.edu
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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