Assistant Director of Research (Research Associate 1)

UConn Avery Point, Groton, Connecticut
This position includes a competitive salary plus a full range of benefits.
Jul 18, 2018
Aug 17, 2018
Job ID 2018692
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The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Research (Research Associate 1) in the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) to provide support for activities associated with the development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan. CIRCA is a multi¿disciplinary center that coordinates applied research and engagement programs to develop and advance practical solutions to problems caused by changing climate (

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Research (ADR) will coordinate a team developing science that supports a four-year project to develop a prototype resilience framework for Connecticut. With the supervision of the Executive Director, the ADR will coordinate the development, testing and application of numerical models of circulation in complicated coastal areas to determine levels and patterns of flood risk. Assessment of the effectiveness of proposed risk reduction strategies will also be required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation and evaluation of flood risk simulations.
  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation and evaluation of field work/observation campaigns.
  • Prepare data summaries, analyses and reports.
  • Prepare journal articles.
  • Manage CIRCA staff and coordinate with the Director of Resilience  Planning, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars engaged in the project.
  • Participate in workshops and meetings for municipalities and regional councils of government on climate resilience and adaptation.
  • Participate in capacity-building studies and engagement programs, including climate science communication, and training in design and engineering.
  • May be responsible for miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned.
  • May participate in the planning, development and implementation of grant proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Physical oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or a closely related field, or an M.S. and 5 years of directly relevant experience.
  2. Experience with modern, community models of coastal circulation and wave dynamics.
  3. Experience with computing technology (e.g. Matlab, FORTRAN) and data management.
  4. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  5. Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with a team of collaborators.
  6. Ability to work at multiple locations throughout the state and region, conduct oceanographic field work, and to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings.
  7. A record of peer reviewed publications.
  8. Experience in proposal preparations.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two years of relevant post-doctoral experience.
  2. Experience with the FVCOM model and related tools.
  3. Experience project management.

Appointment Terms

This is a 40-hour per week, 11-month, annually renewable, non-tenure track position at the level of Research Associate 1, with an expected commitment of four years, depending on availability of funding and performance.  The University offers a competitive package of salary plus benefits, commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website: (under Staff Positions), and should include a letter of application, resume, a short sample of writing, and the names and contact information of three professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  For full consideration, please apply by 11:59 pm on August 17, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search #2018692)

For confidential inquiries or additional information, please contact Lauren Yaworsky at  

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 4, 2018.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.