Academic Specialist - Social Impacts of Wastewater Failure

JPF08558 - Academic Specialist: Social Impacts of Wastewater Failure

The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology seeks applications to fill a full-time academic specialist position focused on advancing modeling of social impacts of wastewater infrastructure failure. Onsite waste treatment systems are an overlooked critical infrastructure that face growing risks due to sea level rise and extreme weather events. Little is known about the social dimensions of onsite infrastructure or how climate change will impact such systems.

The focus of this research will be on the risks, resilience, and social impacts of wastewater infrastructure failure at a regional scale. The research will have a particular emphasis on understanding the health and well-being implications of failure due to sea level rise and flooding events. The project brings together expertise in economics, climate science, and engineering, through an interdisciplinary team from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of California, Irvine.

Candidates should have strong computational skills, ideally with a focus on water and wastewater management. Experience with econometrics, uncertainty analysis, and statistical software (e.g., R or Stata) is desirable. Additionally, spatial econometric approaches are of interest but not required. Ideally, candidates would have a Master’s or Ph.D. in environmental management, economics, urban planning, water resources engineering, geography, or a related field.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Maura Allaire and will work closely with NCAR collaborators.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and is benefits-eligible.  The initial appointment will be for one year with a potential renewal for a second year. Anticipated start date is December 1, 2023 (or earlier or later, based on candidate’s availability). The position can be remote; work location must be in the United States. Applicants will need to submit a dossier including: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) sample publication, and (4) provide contact information for three references.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Additionally, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Substance Abuse (APM-190)(Drug Free Environment) and University of California Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy. Depending on the job duties of your position, you may also be required to comply with the University of California’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect policy.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by August 18, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received by this date. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Maura Allaire at Applications must be uploaded electronically.

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