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Postdoctoral Scholar – Local Climate Action and Environmental Justice Research

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480 - $66,868 . See Table https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NOYsgsY3aDqvWGUMqrjwdbgcxx3aS5EQ/view for the salary range for this position.

Application Window

Open date: January 1, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UC Irvine Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) is hiring a postdoctoral scholar to examine barriers and innovations in the design and implementation of local climate action and environmental justice plans and policies , as part of a new initiative, Integrated and Equitable Climate Action (IECA). The appointment is for two years at 100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is based on UCI salary scales and dependent on qualifications and experience.

With funding from the State of California’s Climate Action Research Initiative, IECA represents a collaboration between UPPP faculty Douglas Houston and Michael Mendez with the UC Irvine School of Law and in partnership with community organizations and government agencies. IECA builds on UPPP’s expertise in climate change and environmental justice policy and land use and transportation planning and the Law School’s expertise in environmental and land use law, community-based environmental justice research and public dispute resolution. IECA focuses on applied research and policy development with a single goal: to ensure that a growing number of California’s municipal governments and counties are at the forefront of state climate change policy.
The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with a diverse team of community leaders, faculty, academic staff, graduate students, and agencies to increase California’s capacity for local land use policy innovation and to achieve state climate an environmental justice goals while maximizing the co-benefits of climate change policy within disadvantaged communities.

The responsibilities of this position include:
● Assess barriers and innovations to local climate action and environmental justice, and the alignment of local plans and policies with state climate change and equity goals.
● Examine coverage, linkages, and alignment of climate and equity goals in general plans, climate action plans, adaptation plans, and other local and regional land use and sustainability plans.
● Review climate-related plans for selected California cities and counties, and conduct interviews, field site visits, and/or focus groups to understand barriers to local climate action.
● Develop and apply comparative research to climate action plans across selected jurisdictions.
● Develop GIS spatial and demographic analyses.
● Propose innovations to local and regional plans and multi-jurisdictional coordination.
● Collaborate with environmental justice organizations, municipal governments, state agencies, and academics from multiple disciplines to design solutions that mitigate carbon emissions, improve air quality, and address structural as well as geographic and procedural inequities.
● Disseminate research outcomes through policy briefs, guides, reports, peer-reviewed articles, presentations, workshops, conferences, and other media.
● Mentor graduate and/or undergraduate student researchers.

STARTING SALARY
The starting salary for this position is $64,480 - $66,868 based on experience level. Please see: https://ap.uci.edu/compensation/salary-scales/ .
The position also includes a wide range of benefits which can be found at https://www.pda.grad.uci.edu/resources/postdoctoral-scholar-benefit-plan/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must apply at UC Irvine’s recruitment site located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08796
Please direct inquiries to Professor Doug Houston at houston@uci.edu.

Qualifications
Basic qualifications (required at time of hiring)
● Doctoral degree (e.g., JD, Ph.D.) in public policy, environmental policy, urban planning, geography, social science, or a related discipline conferred by the time of appointment.
● Excellent research and writing skills.
Desired qualifications:
● Demonstrated ability and experience working as a member of cross-disciplinary teams.
● Experience or interest in land use planning, transportation planning, local and regional governance, federal and/or state environmental law, climate policy, and/or environmental justice law and policy.
● Experience with consensus building, facilitation, mediation, and/or collaborative problem-solving.
● Skills and experience in developing GIS spatial and demographic analyses.
● Well-developed skills in oral and written communication, organization, leadership, mentoring, cultural awareness, and project management.
● Experience with community-based research methods and practice.
● Professional experience, training, or strong interest in plan design, policy drafting, and/or legislative process.

QUALIFICATIONS
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
● Doctoral degree (e.g., JD, Ph.D.) in public policy, environmental policy, urban planning, geography, social science, or a related discipline conferred by the time of appointment.
● Excellent research and writing skills.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Document requirements
• Curriculum Vitae C.V.
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research
• Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
• Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

Reference requirements
• 3-5 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08796

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Doctoral degree (e.g., JD, Ph.D.) in public policy, environmental policy, urban planning, geography, social science, or a related discipline conferred by the time of appointment.
● Excellent research and writing skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF08796

About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA