CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doc to Study the Social and Economic Impacts of Extremes

Boulder, Colorado
Oct 25, 2018
Nov 24, 2018
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Earth Lab, funded by the University of Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and part of CIRES, seeks a post-doctoral associate to join a dynamic team pushing the frontiers of coupled Earth and social system science ( 

The target research area “The Social and Economic Impacts of Extremes” represents Earth Lab’s efforts to explore natural and social system vulnerability and resilience to global environmental change, while also capitalizing of the diversity of data available to generate new insights. 

Earth Lab seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar on Extremes in Coupled Social and Natural Systems, with a focus on economic processes and impacts. The successful candidate must have content knowledge and data analytics skills relevant to extremes, with emphasis on economic impacts assessment in the U.S. context. The extremes focus seeks to build on the suite of Earth Lab efforts to conceptualize and analyze extreme events in coupled human and environment systems.

This Post-Doctoral Associate will work in the Risk and Decision-Making project as well as bridge among other ongoing science themes at the Earth Lab (Wildfire, Drought, Erosion, Human Health, and Land Use and Land Cover). This position will focus on the impacts of extreme events on social and environmental systems, valuation of those impacts and of societal responses, including analyzing the value of information in reducing impacts and vulnerability in the U.S. context. Moreover, we are interested in how coupled extreme events may further disrupt both ecological and social processes and infrastructure with special attention to the existence of threshold behaviors when the resilience capacity of a social and/or environmental system is exceeded.


  • Doctoral degree in Economics or related social sciences or interdisciplinary field (economics, public policy, geography or other quantitative social science).

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated interest and the skills necessary to explore the economic impacts of extreme environmental events. 
  • Strong quantitative background.
  • Experience or willingness to learn how to integrate and analyze large and/or heterogeneous datasets, including socio-economic data and Earth observations from remote-sensing platforms.
  • Demonstrated contributions to open science (i.e., publicly available and/or reproducible data, code, workflows, and/or tools) or willingness to contribute to open science.
  • Demonstrated publication and grant-writing skills.
  • Team spirit and interest in interdisciplinary settings, with a willingness to engage with Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub and Education Initiative teams.

What We Would LIke You to Have

  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, appropriate programming and data analytic tools. Ideally the candidates will have experience in programming languages (e.g., R, Python, or others), can work in different environments (e.g., Linux), and are well versed in geospatial analysis software (e.g., QGIS).
  • Experience in working with a high performance computing or cloud computing environment is a plus.
  • Skills that enable modelling of direct and indirect impacts of extreme events on the U.S. economy at local to national scales.