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In this position, you will support various activities within the planning and development of USGCRP’s Sustained Assessment Model. In consultation with senior staff, you will coordinate with multiple chapters of the NCA, shepherding the chapters through their development, review, and publication phases. You will also coordinate with the USGCRP Engagement and Communications Lead, providing technical and material support to external engagement activities.

The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Resilience Team, and the Gulf of Mexico Climate Community of Practice (COP) are working together to develop an online, interactive climate tool decision-support tree (tree). The project will consist of leveraging already existing materials and data and working with stakeholders across the Gulf to characterize coastal issues that translate to tool and model needs. This will then be used to build an online decision-support tree that will step stakeholders through a series of target questions to identify the best tool for the job. The project coordinator will support the project team in these efforts through communication, coordination, and synthesis and development of information and materials for development of the decision-tree.

Deadline: Open until filled.

Florida International University (FIU) has recently launched the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC) to develop and implement effective policies and strategies to address the imminent threat of rising seas to resources and security. Rising seas threaten low-lying, flood-prone coastal areas around the world, with ramifications that are already rippling through societies. Miami ranks as one of the world’s most vulnerable urban regions in terms of assets exposed to sea level rise and violent storms. It will take cooperation – from local to international levels – to develop effective solutions. Therefore, FIU’s SLSC brings together a vibrant group of researchers and practitioners working on monitoring the effects of sea level rise and developing adaptation strategies from a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, biology, chemistry, communications, earth & environment, ecology, engineering, hydrology, public health, and others (see SLSC is housed in the Institute of Water and Environment, one of FIU’s five preeminent research Institutes (see The SLSC fits within the overall mission of FIU to turn the “impossible into the inevitable”.

FIU now invites applications for the Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC). The grand vision for the SLSC is to design and implement short- and long-term adaptation strategies for a prosperous South Florida into the 22nd century by advancing the understanding of sea level rise and its impacts, and converting this understanding into actions that benefit societies locally, nationally, and globally. The SLSC Director will work with local, regional, national and international partners, funding organizations, and government entities to secure extramural funding to transform the SLSC into an internationally recognized thought and solution leader Center. 

The successful SLSC Director candidate will be a visionary leader with an established national and international reputation in any discipline broadly associated with global climate change. Priority will be given to those with extensive experience in coastal resilience to sea level rise.  Excellent skills in public speaking, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and communication to multiple audiences are required. Evidence of an exemplary record of leadership, community engagement, industry and foundation partnerships, scholarly productivity, and grant success is expected. The Director will have a tenure home in the department most closely aligned with her/his particular discipline.

Deadline: To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by August 1, 2017.  Review will continue until position is filled.

The Mirzayan Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 session. The session will begin on January 16 and conclude on April 6, 2018 and the deadline to apply is September 8, 2017.

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

NCEAS seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to advance understanding and managing of soil organic matter for environmental outcomes and human well-being. The Fellow will be responsible for leading several analyses in a recently funded SNAPP (Science for Nature and People Partnership) working group project aimed at developing quantitative targets to manage soil organic matter for environmental and human outcomes. The Fellow will also be able to participate in environmental data science trainings at NCEAS and similar organizations. The Fellow is also expected to pursue an independent research program of her or his design that addresses soil organic matter through analysis and synthesis of existing data.

In the role of working group participant, the Fellow will be integrally involved in:
1) spatial analysis to determine priority areas for building soil organic matter in California rangelands;
2) spatial analysis of the potential contribution of soil organic matter to crop yield and yield variability in Midwestern row-crop agriculture;
3) working closely with The Nature Conservancy staff and other practitioners to develop specific strategies to manage soil for environmental and human outcomes in California and through the Soil Health Partnership
4) participating in SNAPP working group meetings.

Next review date: May 25th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Opportunity Description/Objective (specific student assignment): It is an exciting time for many urban disciplines and new urban environmental research will shape the way cities evolve, function and look over the next decades and beyond. One aspect of the new thinking about cities is the growing appreciation for 'softer' adaptation approaches that emulate natural ecosystems -- to take advantage of the multiple co-benefits that such systems confer such as simultaneous urban heat island mitigation, storm water management, amenity values, and ecosystem preservation or restoration. This can be contrasted with more traditional 'hard' engineered solutions that often are designed to solve just one environmental problem (e.g. sea walls for sea level rise, massive storm water storage tanks). The scientific mentor in this project is working with multiple NYC agencies such as the Mayor's Office, Department of Buildings, Department of Parks and Recreation, and NGO's, to study a new field of projects generally called 'green infrastructure.' The proposed research complements a number of ongoing and pending climate projects within NASA GISS and Goddard, such as the CASI program which aims to prepare NASA Centers for future climate change adaptation and mitigation. Although the definition of the term 'green infrastructure' is evolving, it includes newly developed green systems being installed on a large scale. Examples included 'Million Tree' programs, bio-swales, enhanced street tree pits, storm water green streets, green roofs and higher-albedo surfaces, membranes and materials. The investigator and colleagues are studying a number of the performance metrics for such systems such as temperature control, storm water detention and retention, native plant performance and restoration, water quality performance, socio-economic response and acceptance by local communities and residents to such installations (maintenance, appearances, plant survivability, competing uses such as parking, and right-of-way uses. The research project involves using a wide range of experimental methods and sensors both fixed and mobile deployment at different spatial scales.

Expected opportunity outcome (i.e. research, final report, poster presentation, etc.): Interns will work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to develop a publishable scientific research paper, create a scientific poster and PowerPoint presentation of their research.

Comments: Interns should reside within a 50-mile radius from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Travel, housing, relocation and Per-Diem expenses are not provided.


The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for a Marine Community Ecologist research faculty position (12 month renewable appointment). We seek a highly motivated coastal ecologist with notable research achievements. The successful applicant will be expected to make a commitment to excellence in scholarship, student mentoring and outreach and have the ability to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Salary will be provided at 100% for the first two years and 75% from the 3rd year forward, with the expectation that the remaining 25% of salary will be met through external funding. A competitive start-up package will be offered. Applicants must have a Ph. D. degree with significant postdoctoral experience.

The Coastal and Marine Laboratory is committed to research focused on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance that provides the scientific basis for policy decisions. The primary area of interest is in experimental community ecology with a focus on local habitats. The FSUCML is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates would focus on ecological processes related to these local habitats and environments.

Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing their research interests and plans, and a brief graduate student mentoring statement. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to, and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus.

Applications must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include a list of names and contact information for three possible references.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD). When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.

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