The University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) seeks to hire one postdoctoral researcher to work with scientists from CASR and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS)
Mar. 29, 2021 12:00 am
Apr. 29, 2021 12:00 am
The University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR)
2-Year Postdoctoral Research Position
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) seeks to hire one postdoctoral researcher to work with scientists from CASR and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) for a two-year position beginning August 1, 2021. This position will be funded through a grant from the NOAA Weather Program Office Social Science Program. The research falls under the FACETs paradigm, Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats, and focuses on understanding and evaluating how National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Offices (WFOs) can work with local Emergency Managers and related partners to better integrate information about vulnerabilities into everyday operations.
This two-year project applies and integrates social and behavioral science research to develop, test, and evaluate methods that can be used by WFOs to collect operationally actionable vulnerability data in their County Warning Areas. Specifically, we will evaluate a range of methods in different types of WFOs across 4 NWS regions to populate unique Brief Vulnerability Overview Tools (BVOT) for each WFO. As such, this project bridges social science, operational meteorology, and human dimensions research by digging deeply into the everyday world of National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Office in order to understand how to make social, environmental, and physical vulnerabilities operationally “present” for NWS meteorologists. The research will involve extensive travel (assuming the lifting of certain COVID-19 restrictions) and in situ research with NWS WFO meteorologists and the state, county, local, and tribal Emergency Managers and other partners who rely on NWS forecasts. The Postdoc will contribute to gathering in situ data; co-developing and implementing assessment measures regarding how WFOs integrate new and existing vulnerability-oriented tools into operations; and assisting in developing research protocols, thereby building a set of skills and networks to leverage into future professional advancement.
The postdoctoral researcher must have completed their Ph.D. by the start of employment and should have experience with and/or interest in conducting research at the intersection of research-to-operations. In addition, the candidate must be able to drive and have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to travel for approximately eight 1-week on-site visits to potentially remote locations over the course of the project. Additional travel to present at national conferences is also expected.
Those who are interested in applying for this position should send 1) a current C.V. and 2) a letter of interest describing a) previous research experience, b) relevant skills, and c) if the applicant has not worked with the National Weather Service before, a description of how the applicant believes their experiences and skills could be used to inform this research. All application material should be emailed to Dr. Jack Friedman [email protected].
Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until this position is filled, though candidates who have submitted application material by April 16, 2021 will be given priority. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. www.ou.edu/eoo. More details about the CASR can be found here http://www.ou.edu/cas/casr/about. More details about CAPS can be found here http://www.caps.ou.edu/about_caps.php.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jack Friedman at [email protected] if you have further questions or would like details regarding this opportunity.