Postgraduate Scientist

This is a new, full-time, three-year term position with possibility of extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Friday, March 19, 2010. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)
Climate Science and Applications Program (CSAP)

Relocation benefits not provided

BASIC JOB FUNCTION: Provides general support for all activities related to the RESUCCCITIES (Initiative to Attain Resilient and Sustainable Relationships among Carbon, Climate and Cities) initiative on cities and climate change:

These activities include (a) assisting in the theoretical design of studies on the relation between societal drivers and urban atmospheric emissions; (b) compiling data sets of societal and environmental determinants of urban GHG emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities; (c) organizing comparative studies of cities’ adaptation and mitigation responses. The postgraduate will assist and participate in the design of regression models, meta-analysis and other analytic tools.


  • Assists with the theoretical design, selection, acquisition, processing and curation of data in support of interdisciplinary research projects in the area of cities and climate change. Creates data systems and performs spatial and data analysis to help assess urban hazards, exposure and vulnerability. Assists in development of methods for spatial and temporal integration of atmospheric, climatic, environmental and social spatial data. Assists in development of geoprocessing scripts and spatial models.
  • Designs stochastic regression models and other analytical tools to quantify the relationships between changes in the magnitude of societal drivers and urban atmospheric emissions
  • Designs tools (meta-frameworks, meta-analysis) to compare urban vulnerability across case studies and identify repeated patterns, or causation-loops, explaining vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities that manifest in different cities and different contexts
  • Reviews scientific literature, prepares high-quality maps, tables, presentation slides and reports. Writes or contributes to grant proposals, conference papers, journal papers and project reports.  Presents project results at conferences and meetings. Updates projects websites.


Education and Experience: Ph.D. degree in environmental sociology, geography, or environmental sciences with strong mathematical background.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative to solve complex problems using spatial and statistical methods.
  • Good understanding of spatial statistical analysis, including
  • skills in displaying and analyzing both vector and raster GIS datasets,
  • GIS analytical and visualization functions.
  • Demonstrated skill in ESRI GIS software, including ArcGIS 9.x.
  • Demonstrated skill using the Windows operating system.
  • Basic understanding of data from different sources (census, surveys, etc.).
  • Familiar with MVP Stats and Minitab with notions of R and SPSS.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with scientists, software engineers and the stakeholders on technical details of project.
  • Skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to make decisions independently as appropriate.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively.

Job Location
Boulder, CO, USA

Position Type

Appointment Type
Term Full-Time (T1)