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Postdoctoral Fellow, Applied and Ecological Climatology

Desert Research Institute
Reno, Nevada, US
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Job Description

The Desert Research Institute is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow in Applied and Ecological Climatology. The position will support applied and user-inspired research, applications development, and science delivery within the Western Regional Climate Center. The WRCC is an interdisciplinary research group with expertise in physical and social climate science, science translation, wildfire science, climate data and climate services. Our research team aims to build regional capacity for climate adaptation and climate services with an emphasis on working collaboratively with public and private agencies and organizations to develop decision support research to address climate-related hazards and management issues.

The research focus of this position will be to examine the connections between drought, wildfire, and fuels. Responsibilities include applied/user-inspired research, proposal, paper, and report preparation; close interaction with fire and land management agencies; collaboration with federal, academic and international physical and social scientists. A combination of technical and interpersonal communication skills is required. On the ground fire experience is important to understand agency actions, activities and policies, research to operations, and science delivery.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Climatology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Geography, or related interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution with an emphasis on climate and ecological interactions.
  • Strong knowledge and background in drought, physical fire science, or plant physiology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ecological climatology.
  • Quantitative analysis skills (e.g., Python, R).
  • Ability to work independently and develop research proposals.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and report research findings to sponsors, at conferences, and in the scientific literature (clear written and spoken English).

Preferred Qualifications

Greater consideration will be given to those who possess the following skills and attributes:
  • Field work experience.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods.
  • Ability to interact with various levels within wildland fire management agencies.
  • On the ground fire experience with US federal or state fire management agencies, or private/NGO partners (e.g., The Nature Conservancy).
  • Knowledge of fuels and/or fire behavior modeling and management.
  • Knowledge of fire in ecosystems.

Conditions of Employment
  • Some travel expected for meetings, workshops, and conferences.


Starting salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 6.2% retirement match, 1.25 annual leave days per month, a beginning balance of 15 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance, dependent on division funding.



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please upload the following documents in the specified section of your Workday application:
  • A cover letter detailing your research experience, career goals, project interests.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission.

Qualified individuals who meet all qualifications and requirements are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.

Further information on DRI can be obtained at For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the DRI recruiting office at 775-673-7319.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant notification and permission.

Newly hired faculty and postdoctoral fellows must assure that their official transcript is submitted to the Human Resources Office within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment. Academic degrees must have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

DRI employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. DRI only sponsors aliens applying for research faculty or postdoctoral fellow positions (J-1 or H-1B Visas).

All applicants hired by the Desert Research Institute are subject to E-Verify.
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