Postdoctoral Fellow - Wildfire Risk Governance

Colorado State University – Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Fort Collins, Colorado

Job Type Student / postdoc
Salary Details $60,000 - $62,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024

Full job description: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/142011 
Apply by date for full consideration: 4/15/2024
Salary Range: $60,000 - $62,500

Position Summary:
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

As an academic department at Colorado State University, we conduct research in the area of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) and prepare students for careers in conservation leadership and tourism. This area of study focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as they relate to the natural environment. The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available with an NSF-funded project investigating wildfire risk governance networks in the American West. We seek a social-ecological systems scientist or quantitative social scientist to lead project management, data analysis, outreach, and scientific writing.

The position will support research on how local-level wildfire protection planning processes interact with and shape systems-level risk governance and, consequently, the implementation of risk mitigation measures at both local and regional scales. This research aims to improve understanding of (i) how risk governance networks affect policy implementation and adaptation in collaborative planning processes and in the scope of decisions they produce, (ii) how social processes (such as learning, cooperation, and competition) affect the implementation of those decisions, and (iii) how interdependent decision-making processes affect the efficiency of risk mitigation at regional scales. Methods applied to answer these questions will include fieldwork among wildfire stakeholders (e.g., online and in-person interviews and surveys in Colorado), text analysis of planning and policy documents, network analysis, and computational modeling.

Required Qualifications:    

  • PhD in the quantitative social sciences or social-ecological systems-related discipline (by anticipated start date)
  • Strong publication record (relative to timing of degree)

Employee Benefits: 
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/  & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/

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