Urban Planning and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow

The School of Social Ecology seeks applications to fill a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position in water resources policy. Candidates are required to have a PhD in such fields as natural resources management, environmental economics, water resources engineering, geography, or other fields related to water and wastewater policy.

We seek a self-driven, creative thinker with strong quantitative and interpersonal skills to help accomplish an important and interesting set of research tasks. The successful candidate will join an initiative focused on the future of U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure. The project brings together expertise in water management, engineering, and policy, bringing together an interdisciplinary team from Columbia University and the University of California, Irvine. The project will address infrastructure equity in terms of service access and quality, inequities in federal investment, and the effectiveness of proactive and reactive regulatory enforcement.

The successful candidate will lead the component of the project that characterizes the scope and nature of inadequate water and wastewater services nationwide, using large datasets. Topics include analyzing disparities in infrastructure access and quality of service.

Excellent statistical and spatial analysis skills are preferred, including expertise in categorical data analysis using maximum likelihood estimation. Candidates should have knowledge of statistical software, such as Stata or R. A working knowledge of the literature related to water and wastewater management (regardless of the specific discipline) is not required but desired; an intellectual interest in interdisciplinary study is essential.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Maura Allaire and will work closely with faculty collaborators and doctoral students. Overall, it is expected that the postdoctoral fellow will engage in high level research and be involved in analysis and publication.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and is benefits-eligible. The initial appointment will be for two years. Expected start date is July 1, 2023; if necessary, modifications are possible. Applicants will need to submit a dossier including: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) an inclusive excellence activities statement, (4) a sample publication, and (5) contact information for three references.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by May 19, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received by this date. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Maura Allaire at maura.allaire@uci.edu. Applications must be uploaded electronically.

The recruit link for this position is: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08193