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Postdoctoral Research Assoc - Emergency Management and Disaster Science

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UNT System Overview
Welcome to the University of North Texas System . UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton , the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.
Posting Title Postdoctoral Research Assoc - Emergency Management and Disaster Science
Department UNT-Emergency Mgmt & Disaster Sci-135380
College/School College of Health and Public Service
Job Location Denton
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Retirement Eligibility ORP Eligible
Additional Retirement Information
For more information on retirement plan options, please visit https://hr.untsystem.edu/benefits/retirement-plans/index.php .
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Department Summary
The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas, distinguished as one of the few Tier One research universities designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), prepares graduates to address diverse and complex social issues such as aging, disability, disaster management and recovery, criminal justice, health disparities, and public safety, and find solutions to challenges in public administration, public health, and urban planning. We have seven academic departments with undergraduate and graduate programs, the Center for Public Management, the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, UNT Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (WISE) and a number of professional development and clinical training programs to facilitate careers to address a global society.
HPS students are trained to lead nonprofits, become educators, researchers and professionals who strengthen the diverse communities we serve with thoughtful, inclusive and equitable practices as audiologists, behavior analysts, city managers, emergency managers, health care administrators, public safety administrators, public health specialists, rehabilitation counselors, speech language pathologists, social workers, urban planners and more.
Located within HPS, the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science offers the nationís first bachelorís degree program in Emergency Administration and Planning and a masterís degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science. With eight faculty and one staff member, the department aims to advance disaster science and practice through high quality collaborative research, an evidence-based curriculum, and meaningful engagement with the scholarly and practitioner communities.
UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.
Position Summary
As a part of a project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, the principal investigator seeks a full-time, motivated post-doctoral researcher to coordinate qualitative and geospatial data collection and analysis activities for a research project on wildfire recovery. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary research team from the University of North Texas, USDA Forest Service, and the University of California Berkeley. We offer a flexible start date as soon as May 2023. Funding includes full-time salary and benefits for a period of two years.
Using a coupled social-ecological approach, this research seeks to understand how post-wildfire recovery and mitigation alters future wildfire vulnerability. The successful candidate will take a leadership role on stakeholder interviews and inventory of post-fire programs and outcomes in two counties in northern California (Lake & Sonoma Counties). Qualitative data analysis and collation of geospatial data will inform wildfire risk modeling and community stakeholder engagement.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in geography, sociology, disaster science, public policy, urban planning, environmental science, forestry, fire ecology, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with social science methods (interviews, surveys, community workshop facilitation), qualitative analysis, and related software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of wildfire science and mitigation techniques.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel to northern California for field data collection and stakeholder engagement.
  • Desire to work with community stakeholders in promoting wildfire resilience.
  • Working knowledge of GIS processes, data structures, and software (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS, SQL).

Required License / Registration / Certification
Physical Requirements Ability to communicate
Area of Specialty
Security Sensitive This is a security sensitive position.
EEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Leading recruitment of relevant organizations and entities
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Communicating with stakeholder organizations about project aims, progress, and results
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Preparing data collection instruments, including but not limited to surveys, interview guides, focus group guides, and geospatial metadata collection forms
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Conducting field interviews and focus groups with participants from relevant organizations
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Coordinating public information requests for data collection
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Leading transcription and analysis activities for interview data
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Supervising graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants in data collection and analysis tasks
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Working with Institutional Review Boards to maintain compliance with human subjects requirements
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Preparing progress reports for the sponsor on grant activities

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Posting Number F1129P
Special Instructions to Applicants
Example of Professional Writing Ė please upload either a previous publication, report, or white paper.
Quicklink for Posting https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/68295
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