Climate Risk & Adaptation Scientist/National Drought Mitigation Center Director

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Position Information

Position Information Working Title Climate Risk & Adaptation Scientist/National Drought Mitigation Center Director Department School of Natural Resources-0844 Requisition Number F_190103 Posting Open Date 07/10/2019 Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 09/03/2019 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Description of Work

Administer the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC); contribute leadership in the development of strategic plans and partnerships across related centers as part of the School of Natural Resources (High Plains Regional Climate Center; Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies) and to explore other strategic partnership across IANR/UNL; participate in the formulation and conduct of NDMC research; supervise and evaluate the work of NDMC faculty and professional staff, which may include research professors, post-doctoral research associates, visiting scientists, and research assistants; administer budgets; represent NDMC to the UNL administration, and coordinate with University Federal Relations to represent NDMC to U.S. congressional representatives, federal (e.g., NOAA, USDA), state, tribal, national, and international organizations; advise policy and decision makers at all levels on appropriate drought risk management strategies. Write research proposals for external funding in support of NDMC and other collaborating programs in the School and with other departments/units.

Develop a high-impact program that is recognized nationally and internationally in drought risk management science. Seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups and educational programming. Develop drought risk management science at the local, state, national, and international scales related to understanding drought risk to society; collaborate with faculty to develop interdisciplinary research and outreach programs within the food/water/climate/energy nexus; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research/educational programming. Translate research-based information into learner-centered products; this includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools. Effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, etc.) for research/teaching programming. Train, supervise, and mentor graduate students. Publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities. Measure the impact of your programs and communicate results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media. Mentor colleagues through their professional development. Identify issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance.

Contribute, as an effective scholar and citizen of a land-grant institution, to the integrated mission of home units, including supporting student recruitment, contribute to increased diversity and inclusion effort, the IANR science literacy initiative, and the Conservation and Survey Division, as appropriate.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Minimum Required Qualifications

PhD in a relevant field of study (e.g., climatology, meteorology, geography) or closely related field; ten or more years of relevant experience, including the PhD; a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals; a strong record of generating grant funding in support of research; and effective written and oral communication skills with students, professionals, and the general public.

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