We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Postdoctoral Scholar to work on air quality model development and application in the field of understanding and advancing environmental justice.
This project aims to modify and use an existing air quality model (InMAP), to better understand environmental disparities and their causes and potential solutions. In this project, testing potential solutions means understanding how changes in emissions (specific pollutants and sources, in specific locations) would impact existing exposure disparities (e.g., disparities by income and race/ethnicity).
The ideal candidate will have experience with chemical transport models (CTMs) and geospatial data, and will be passionate and motivated about research to understand and address environmental justice.
This position is offered for 1 year (12-months); renewability depends on job performance and funding availability. The expected start date is summer 2021. The postdoc will be hosted in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, supervised by Professor Julian Marshall.
Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website: https://hr.uw.edu/files/labor/UAW-4121-Postdoc-2021-2023-CBA-TA.pdf
Additional information about the InMAP model is here. Recent relevant publications include these two:
Tessum et al., 2021. PM2.5 polluters disproportionately and systemically affect people of color in the United States. Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abf4491. link
Tessum et al., 2019. Inequity in consumption of goods and services adds to racial-ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1818859116. link
The University of Washington is dedicated to creating a campus culture that is welcoming and inviting to all individuals. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering. We also encourage applications from individuals with lived experience related to environmental justice.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of the position is conducting research and analysis to better understand strategies to address EJ goals. The work will include modifying the representations of chemistry and physics in an air pollution model, testing and refining the model, and running models to understand the causes and potential solutions for observed disparities.
Additional responsibilities will include some or all of the following:
1) presenting research results at meetings;
2) writing and publishing results in scientific journals;
3) participating in regular meetings with supervisors and a collaborative team;
4) participating in professional development activities including JEDI efforts and proposal writing; and
5) interacting with funders and potential stakeholders, including EJ organizations.
PhD degree in engineering, atmospheric sciences, or related field.
Familiarity with atmospheric chemistry and with running a CTM.
Ability to modify the mathematical representations of chemistry and physics in an air pollution model.
Familiarity with computer programming, such as with Python.
Experience publishing articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The main air pollution model used for this project is InMAP, which is written in the language Go; experience programming in Go is not required, but candidates must be comfortable learning Go to work with and modify the existing Go code.
Interest and desire in advancing the project goals, namely with using air pollution models to understand and address EJ goals.
Ability to work well in a collaborative academic environment.
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Well-honed organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and timelines.
Ability to work with colleagues in a way that enhances collaboration and team building.
Self-motivated and able to work effectively. Able to work independently and collaboratively.
Familiarity with EJ goals and scholarship.
Experience with a statistical language such as R.
Familiarity with processing geospatial data.
Familiarity with collaborative programming tools such as Jupyter and Github.
To apply, applicants should upload the following application materials to Interfolio:
Resume or CV
Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position. In your letter, please describe why you are interested in working on EJ topics, and describe relevant professional experiences (e.g., working in collaborative partnerships, in science communication, etc.).
If you are missing any of the "minimum requirements", or if you have any of the "desirable / nice to have" requirements, please mention this in your cover letter or resume/CV.
Diversity Statement: A one-page description of your contributions to and vision for promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Contact information for 3 references, with a brief description of why that person is listed and/or what that person's interactions with you have been.
Sexual Misconduct form:
State law requires that the University of Washington obtain the Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct declaration signed by the candidate. The declaration will require you to disclose any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct, to authorize current and past employers to disclose to the UW any sexual misconduct currently being investigated and/or committed by you, and to release current and past employers from any liability.
Please include your name as part of the filename.
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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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