The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project funded through the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (South Central-CASC). The research aims to understand the nexus of climate change and prescribed fire risk analysis, tolerance, and communication.
This post-doctoral position is supported through the Postdoctoral Climate Adaptation Scholars (CAS) Program established by the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC). The CAS program is established to support management-relevant research and scientific synthesis of emerging research needs related to climate impacts on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems. The objective of the CAS Program is to provide regional-to-national syntheses of climate change impacts on fire regimes, fire management, and fire response; explore resulting impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems; and provide the scientific research necessary to help managers adapt to these changes.
The position at Oklahoma State University will lead to regionally focused research that aims to conduct an assessment of: (1) the state of the science on how climate change is currently part of the prescribed fire management strategies used across our region and other parts of the U.S.; (2) what elements of successful strategies can be transferrable across regions and what elements must be place-based; and (3) the implications of these strategies/elements for natural resource management and climate change adaptation efforts in the south-central U.S. As part of a national cohort of postdoctoral Scholars, the fellow will also engage in national-scale research and training. This will include participation in a national synthesis research effort, where fellows will collaborate with members of the NRCASC network to produce national synthesis products, as well as regular training, professional development, and mentoring opportunities as part of the CAS program. In addition to research duties, collaborations with the CAS cohort, and interactions with natural resource, fire, or agriculture managers, the successful candidate must manage data and metadata for the project following USGS protocols, document research status through regular reporting, and complete other organizational duties as assigned in a professional and timely manner.
This is an 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position.
Appointment period is academic year: July 1- May 31
Post doc appointments are made for a term of one year or less. Reappointment for a total period of not more than three years may be made.
Periodic overnight travel is required. Travel budget provided.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, please include a resume/CV, cover letter, and list of three references which includes name, email, and address.
Ph.D. / Ed.D. in Human Dimensions-Natural Resources, Natural Resource Economics, Human Geography, Conservation Social Science.
Demonstrated experience conducting research that results in peer reviewed publications; and demonstrated experience working directly with stakeholders on summarizing technical information in an accessible and useable manner, communicating information to and from stakeholders, and collaborating effectively across stakeholders with distinct interests. Applicants having ability to speak Spanish are especially encouraged to apply.
Valid driver's license
Fluency in English
Oklahoma State University (OSU) 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,OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.