Working TitlePostdoctoral Research Fellow
DepartmentCol Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Work UnitGeography and Earth Sciences
Work LocationHickory Hall
Vacancy Open ToAll Candidates
Position DesignationPost Doc
Employment TypeTemporary - Part-time
Hours per week40
Work ScheduleVaried based on research & teaching needs.
Pay RatePay Rate varies
Minimum Experience/EducationThe Postdoctoral appointee must have recently (within the last eight years) been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.)
Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:Education, Skills, and Experience Requirements: \Ph.D. in Geography or related field related to hazards research, such as geology, meteorology or climate science. \A strong background in in hazards and disasters with evidence of skills in mixed methods, including geospatial, quantitative, related to applications in disaster vulnerability, environmental health, and spatial inequalities is required.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe employee will report to Professor Deborah Thomas and will be a senior member of Professor Thomas’ research group, supporting projects through original research, collaboration with other team members, and mentoring of students. The employee will also contribute to additional proposal efforts, thereby strengthening UNC Charlotte’s ability to attract external funding. The employee’s principal research responsibilities will be developing and conducting research on the social vulnerability of disasters, assisting with the 3rd edition of the Social Vulnerability to Disasters book. The employee will confer with Professor Thomas on overall research direction and strategy but will exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and original thinking in carrying out research that contributes to original knowledge and advances the University’s reputation in research. The employee will undertake grant writing activities in geographic and geoscience education. The employee will publish research results, in collaboration with Professor Thomas, in recognized journals. The employee will share student mentoring with Professor Thomas and will participate in departmental seminars and other professional activities as assigned. The employee will also be responsible for developing and teaching up to three courses for the department. A Postdoctoral Fellow (""postdoc"") is a professional apprenticeship designed to provide recent Ph.D. recipients with an opportunity to develop further the research skills acquired in their doctoral programs or to learn new research techniques, in preparation for an academic or research career. In the process of further developing their own research skills, it is expected that Postdoctoral Fellows will also play a significant role in the performance of research at the University and augment the role of graduate faculty in providing research instruction to graduate students. A Postdoctoral Fellow works under the supervision of a regular faculty member, who serves as a mentor to the Fellow, and it is expected that the faculty mentor will impart the realities, and variety, of scientific careers, and will encourage experiences outside the laboratory to broaden postdocs’ aspirations. Within the confines of the particular research focus assigned by that faculty member, the Postdoctoral Fellow functions with a considerable degree of independence and has the freedom (and is expected) to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment. Thus, the role of Postdoctoral Fellows is clearly differentiated from full-time technical employees. Postdoc appointments are characterized by all of the following conditions: the appointee was recently (within the last eight years) awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.); the appointment is temporary; the appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship; the appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career; the appointee works under the supervision of a faculty member; and the appointee has the freedom and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Applicants subject to criminal background check. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.
Necessary Licenses or Certifications
Proposed Hire Date08/01/2020
Expected Length of Assignment12 months
Posting Open Date06/22/2020
Posting Close Date06/26/2020
Special Notes to ApplicantsPlease upload the following documents with your electronic submission: 1: Cover letter 2: Curriculum vita 3 Contact information for references As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.