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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Jan 29, 2023

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We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position of up to 5 years at University of Illinois Chicago and Argonne National Lab in the field of ecohydrology, ecophysiology or biometeorology with an emphasis on urban systems.

The individual selected will work alongside faculty members and senior research staff in Environmental and Biological Sciences at UIC, Argonne National Lab, and other partnering institutions to study how urban land use influences climate at the neighborhood to city-scale. The project is part of the DOE-funded Community Research On Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS) that endeavors to develop new observational and modeling tools to support decision-making to reduce climate risks - particularly for the most vulnerable populations - across the city of Chicago.  The advertised position involves: (1) extensive field work at sites through the Chicago area, (2) working with stakeholders and community partners to understand local climate risks across neighborhoods in Chicago and (3) data analysis of remote sensing and model outputs. The candidate should be familiar with setting up and maintaining field sites and instrumentation, and be enthusiastic about mentoring and community engagement.

The position requires a doctorate degree in ecology, Earth or environmental sciences, or a related field; strong quantitative skills; experience with field equipment and data loggers, some experience in urban systems and a valid driver’s license. Candidates are expected to have strong curiosity, self-motivation and capacity for independent work, with demonstrated writing and oral communication skills. Knowledge of coding in Python, R or Matlab are a plus but preference will be given to candidates with strong records of community engagement and urban ecology.

To apply, please complete the online application at (click on the Job Board and then on the position link). Applicants should include a cover letter indicating their fit and interest on the position, a current CV and names and contact information for at least three professional references. Application materials will be accepted immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. Questions can be submitted by email to Start date is as soon as possible contingent upon completing all documentation required for employment and salary will be highly competitive along with a competitive benefits package.

Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The position is open to international applicants.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit


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