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Assistant Director of Research

Groton, Connecticut
Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
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Oct 15, 2021

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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 Resilient Connecticut project. 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.

The Assistant Director of Research (ADR) will coordinate a team developing hydrologic science and engineering that supports a 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 flooding in complicated urban and rural areas to determine levels and patterns of flood risk. Assessment of the effectiveness of proposed risk reduction strategies will also be required.


  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation, and evaluation of flood risk simulations.
  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation, and evaluation of fieldwork/observation campaigns.
  • Preparation of data summaries, analyses, and reports.
  • Preparation of journal articles.
  • Management of CIRCA staff and postdoctoral scholars in coordination with the Director of Resilience Planning, and faculty engaged in the project.
  • Participation in workshops and meetings for municipalities and regional councils of government on climate resilience and adaptation.
  • Participation 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, and development of research proposals.


  • Ph.D. in Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and 3 years or closely related field; or an M.S. and 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience using and evaluating modern community hydrology models
  • Experience with computing technology (e.g. Matlab, FORTRAN) and data management.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state and region, conduct oceanographic field work, and participate in occasional evening and weekend meetings.
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications.


  • Experience leading a team of collaborators.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Experience with the model and related tools.
  • Experience project management.
  • Experience in proposal preparations.


This is a full-time, 12-month position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The position will commence as soon as possible.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495562 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 14, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

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.

Advertised: Sep 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


The mission of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment.


CIRCA is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. The Institute will help coastal and inland floodplain communities in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast better adapt to changes in climate and also make their human‐built infrastructure more resilient while protecting valuable ecosystems and the services they offer to human society (food, clean air and water, and energy). The Institute will combine the world‐class research capabilities of UConn and the progressive policies and practical regulatory experience of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) to translate sound scientific research to actions that can ensure the resilience and sustainability of both the built and natural environments of the coast and watersheds of Connecticut.

While Connecticut and the Northeast are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and associated severe weather events, the problem exists at the national and international scales, with droughts and flooding worldwide. Severe storms in the United States cause 110 deaths per year in flood-related accidents and an average of $3.8 billion annually in property damage. In addition to floods, droughts, pollution of water resources and coastal areas, ocean currents and severe weather (ice/snow/hail storms, hurricanes, etc.) are the most costly and deadly of all natural disasters. Climate change affects the water cycle increasing the frequency of abnormal weather, including heavy rains and droughts, around the world with particularly severe impacts in developing countries. While its immediate attention will be in Connecticut and the Northeast, the Institute will develop comprehensive approaches to climate change research and its impacts at the national and international scales.

In collaboration with local, regional, and national partners, the Institute’s multi‐disciplinary research, outreach, and education programs will strive to:

  • Improve scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its local and regional impacts on coastal and inland floodplain communities;
  • Develop and deploy natural science, engineering, legal, financial, and policy best practices for climate resilience;
  • Undertake or oversee pilot projects designed to improve resilience and sustainability of the natural and built environment along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways;
  • Create a climate‐literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and which uses that knowledge to make scientifically informed, environmentally sound decisions;
  • Foster resilient and sustainable communities – particularly along the Connecticut coastline and inland waterways – that can adapt to the impacts and hazards of climate change; and
  • Reduce the loss of life and property, natural system and ecological damage, and social disruption from high‐impact events.
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