Lakes Research Position Available in Madison, WI
Long-term research staff position is available to support a new NSF-funded Water, Sustainability, and Climate project. For more information on the project, please see
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON; Position Vacancy Listing
Working title: Research Specialist
Official title: RESEARCH SPECIALIST(T16DN) or ASSOC RESEARCH SPEC(T16FN)
Degree and area of specialization:
B.S. required in environmental studies or related field; advanced degree preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Experience with scenario planning for environmental assessment, workshop
organization, development and/or deployment of surveys; data management and
analysis; demonstrated personal initiative; ability to work collaboratively
in an interdisciplinary setting; excellent verbal and written communication
skills; background knowledge of human-environment systems. The ideal
candidate would have technical depth and experience in a field related to
environmental assessment. Knowledge of comprehensive environmental scenario
processes (for example IPCC, MEA, EEA, GEO or IAASTD) would be helpful.
The Water, Sustainability and Climate (WSC) research program at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu) will develop
integrated scenarios of future changes in the Yahara Watershed, Wisconsin
through 2016. Scenarios will synthesize changes in socio-economic processes,
climate, land use/cover, hydrology, biogeochemistry and ecology that affect
the overall trajectory of the human-environment system, including the
characteristics and quality of the Yahara lakes. Scenarios will be developed
through workshops, data synthesis and modeling that involve project
Principal Investigators (PIs), other relevant experts, stakeholders, policy
makers and the public.
We seek a Research Specialist to coordinate the scenario development
process. Responsibilities include meeting organization; integration of input
from stakeholders, policy makers and the public; design of scenarios in
collaboration with a scenario development team; collaboration with modelers
and other technical experts to translate storylines into simulation models;
and communication of findings to non-technical and technical audiences.
Other duties include assisting with sustainability research, giving public
presentations, writing for nontechnical and academic audiences, outreach,
and synthesis of multidisciplinary information. The Research Specialist will
work closely with project PIs and other project personnel.
This position will be administered through the Department of Agronomy,
housed at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
and co-supervised by project PIs.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A twelve month period of evaluation will be required.
Dr. Adena R. Rissman
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin at Madison
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