Research Associate in Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

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The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position on Arctic systems in the laboratory of Professor Howard Epstein

This postdoctoral position will have several responsibilities within the Arctic Research Center at the University of Virginia under the direct supervision of Professor Epstein. 1) The postdoc will contribute to an NSF research project regarding the implementation of a terrestrial meteorological sensor network and geophysical surveying in the community of Utqiagvik, AK to assess how components of the built environment affect local conditions and the stability of permafrost. Understanding the Changing Natural-Built Landscape in an Arctic Community: An Integrated Sensor Network in Utqiagvik, Alaska | ARCUS. 2) The postdoc will have some project management responsibilities within the UVA Arctic Research Center. 3) The postdoc will have opportunities to teach or contribute to courses on Arctic systems. 4) The postdoc will have the flexibility to incorporate their own research ideas into existing UVA Arctic Research Center projects.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences or related field is required by the start date. Candidates should have a strong publication record in Arctic system sciences, and have experience working with meteorological and bio-geophysical data, with an emphasis on complex datasets, and spatial and time series analyses. The work we conduct is highly collaborative with practitioners from various types of institutions, as well as local community members. Therefore, candidates must have excellent leadership and communication skills, both oral and written. Candidates may also serve as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment, with the potential for renewal for a second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Howard Epstein, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

Further information about Howard Epstein and his research may be found at Department of Environmental Sciences (

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