Urban science

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The New School
Job Description

Urban Systems Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Modeling

The Urban Systems Lab (USL) at The New School invites applicants for an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Modeling with a tentative start date of July 1, 2023. This is a 12-month postdoctoral position with the possibility of renewal.

The Urban Systems Lab at the Schools of Public Engagement is an interdisciplinary research, design and practice space at The New School that provides knowledge and analysis for developing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities. The Lab’s work advances cutting edge science, data visualization, and computation to develop systemic solutions to social and environmental challenges driving inequity and injustice in urban areas. We bring together designers, urban ecologists, scientists, researchers and policymakers with the goal to improve the lives of those most vulnerable, and to enhance decision making and science communication from local to global scales. To learn more visit: http://urbansystemslab.com

The Schools of Public Engagement comprise the School of Media Studies, the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, the Creative Writing Program, and the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, as well as several programs, research centers and institutes; the Urban Systems Lab is among them. You can find more information on The Schools of Public Engagement here: https://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/

The New School, a private university in New York City’s Greenwich Village, serves undergraduate and graduate students across a range of fields with a commitment to bringing practices in design and social research to studying issues of our time and challenging students to become engaged citizens dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

We are seeking an outstanding scholar with experience in climate projection modeling, as well as expertise in hydrological modeling and/or urban heat modeling. The Fellow will support a New York City (NYC) Town+Gown research initiative with the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice to study future climate change and its potential impacts in NYC. The results of the study will be used to inform decision-making by the NYC Panel on Climate Change as well as other related climate adaptation and modeling research. The focus of the Fellowship will be to support climate scenario modeling and vulnerability analysis, as well as conduct original research on urban flooding and/or extreme heat, in addition to the impacts of land development and climate adaptation on local climate.

The Fellow will participate in an ongoing research program in the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and will develop new research based on their interest and expertise with faculty at The New School and with external colleagues on the project. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to the USL’s cutting-edge data visualization team as well as a community of postdocs and other scholars working interdisciplinarily on understanding complex urban system dynamics for transformative change.

Minimum Qualifications
The selection among eligible candidates will be based on:
Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the position start date.
Expertise in urban data science, hydrological modeling, urban heat modeling, climate modeling, and/or spatial agent-based modeling
Geospatial analytical skills including in ArcGIS and related software as they apply to urban system dynamics and urban governance applications
Strong statistical analytical skills including spatial statistics
Familiarity with urban resilience, climate change, and complex systems
Comfort with machine learning in quantitative modeling environments also desired
Experience conducting multi-disciplinary research
Demonstrated academic and other outputs in the form of scientific publications and/or open source repositories such as GitHub
Applicant’s personal references
Willingness and ability to work as part of a multi- and transdisciplinary team
Strong evidence of excellent organization, communication, presentation and writing skills
Strong evidence of excellence in working in research teams, and ability to provide leadership in a network of scholars and practitioners
Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 Policy

Preferred Qualifications
The following skills are preferred, but not required:
Experience on spatial analysis of flood and/or heat vulnerability and risk
Climate scenario modeling including potential work with CMIP6 global scenarios
Dynamic integrated modeling is a plus as is experience working with mullti-hazards or cascading hazards
Familiarity with geoprocessing workflows and geospatial analysis design
Experience on spatial land use change modeling
Familiarity with hazards or shocks (natural, technological or social) quantitative/ spatial modeling
Comfort with Python or R scripting/programing is also highly desirable
Experience working in urban contexts
Experience in the fields of: Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience, and/or Disaster Risk Reduction

On-campus Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow is expected to work on-campus due to the nature of the work in accordance with University Policies as set forth in the Full-Time Faculty Handbook.

Salary Range:
$65,000 - 70,000 annually

To apply

Review of applications will begin on Feb. 1, 2023 but open until filled and may continue until the position is filled.
Interested candidates should submit:
a cover letter describing the applicant’s research, scholarship and work experience relevant to this position
a curriculum vitae
short research statement related to the position
up to three representative publications
names and contact information of three references, including a doctoral or academic advisor

Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials. For information on the University benefits package including health and retirement plans, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/human-resources/benefits/