• Now hiring: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Post-Doctoral Scholar in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Climate Change University of Washington: Academic Personnel: School of Public Health: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Location Seattle, WA Open Date Nov 8, 2019 Description The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the UW College of the Environment and the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) seek an outstanding Post-Doctoral Scholar to assist in developing a cumulative impact analysis (CIA) to designate communities highly impacted by fossil fuel pollution and climate change in Washington State. This work will require both using climate model outputs to evaluate population impacts (including but not limited to health impacts) as well as health impacts assessment of fossil fuel pollution in the state; it represents a unique opportunity to work across the fields of public health and climate change, with access to leading experts in DEOHS, the CIG, and CHanGE. While the position will be housed under DEOHS, extensive cross-disciplinary interaction is anticipated. This effort is also an opportunity to conduct research in support of public policy objectives by collaborating with the Washington State Department of Health to implement the CIA provisions (section 24) of the Clean Energy Transformation Act. This effort will require an outstanding candidate who can work creatively with a variety of climate, demographic, and health-related datasets and understood exposure-outcome associations to establish a solid and defensible foundation for version 1.0 of a CIA. We expect this effort to use the Washington Tracking Network’s (WTN) Information by Location (IBL) mapping tool. It will likely be similar in nature to the recently released Environmental Health Disparities Map. The project will involve both 1) establishing the differential environmental and health impacts of climate change, and 2) establishing the differential health impacts of fossil fuel pollution. The challenges posed by this effort are significant, and we need a creative, critical thinker to help work through them. Some of the technical challenges include (but are not limited to): Which climate variables to include in the analysis Which intermediate environmental and demographic variables to include  Which health indicators to include Which (and how many) timeframes and socioeconomic scenarios should be included How to downscale, upscale, and/or interpolate existing data to census tract level How to modify the existing WTN IBL tool to visualize future projections  How to communicate potential bias based on variable selection and data availability How to communicate uncertainty from various sources without undermining decision-utility The successful candidate will be ready to engage with these considerations using a creative, data-driven approach. We are looking for a critical thinker who is comfortable working with the various datasets required for this project and consulting with topical experts as needed to make progress on developing the CIA. Foremost, this requires an entrepreneurial attitude and an ability to make steady progress independently while relying on key experts housed in different UW units and at the State for answering the challenging interdisciplinary questions raised by this project.  The successful candidate will receive an academic appointment as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. The position is intended to extend professional training for a candidate who recently received a terminal Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent. Opportunities for continued training are available. The fellow will work directly with Dr. Jeremy Hess of CHanGE and Dr. Jason Vogel of CIG, with regular and direct conversations with other DEOHS and CIG faculty and staff. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website. Qualifications PhD or foreign equivalent in public health (e.g. environmental or occupational health sciences, epidemiology), climate sciences, or another related field (e.g. economics, demography, urban planning) Strong quantitative analytical skills, particularly with large population level and/or climate model output  datasets  Demonstrated proficiency with statistical programs such as R, Stata, SAS, or Python Familiarity with the practice of health impact assessment and scenario-based modeling Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team Excellent written and verbal communication skills Interest and/or experience with geographic information systems (GIS), data visualization, interdisciplinary work, manuscript-writing, grant-writing, student mentorship, and project management is preferred but not required. Application Instructions To apply for this position, please submit your application via Interfolio: CV, the names along with contact information of three professional references, and a statement of interest outlining your previous research experience and future career goals. Questions can be directed to Dr. Jason Vogel (jmvogel@uw.edu).  The position will be open until filled. This is a grant- and project-funded, renewable, 18-month appointment and carries up to two years of funding starting as early as the fall of 2019. Salary will be competitive and based upon candidate qualifications and experience. Full University benefits are included. Application Process This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Apply Now Powered by Opens in new window Equal Employment Opportunity Statement University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Commitment to Diversity The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432). Click to go to application web page


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  • Webinar: Extreme Heat: Understanding and Reducing Human Health Risks

    CHanGE professor Kristie Ebi moderated a webinar for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) on extreme heat and human health.  Watch it here!


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  • CHanGE Co-Director Dr. Jeremy Hess in Durban for IPCC Lead Author Meeting

    As a lead author on Chapter 7:  Health, well-being and the changing structure of communities, Dr. Hess is currently in Durban, South Africa, at the first Lead Author meeting….


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  • CHanGE Director Kristie Ebi a lead author on National Climate Assessment

    Dr. Ebi was the lead author for the chapter on human health. Read the UW Global Health article here.    


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  • Publication in Nature: The many possible climates from the Paris Agreement’s aim of 1.5 °C warming

    CHanGE Director Kris Ebi contributed to a paper recently published in Nature. Read the press release: Nature paper press release Read the paper here  


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  • CHanGE Director leads workshop on climate change resilience in Pacific

    CHanGE Director Dr. Kris Ebi helped lead a May workshop titled: “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management to Protect Health and Build Resilience in Pacific Islands” at…


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  • Call for Proposals: Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

    CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS   Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures https://www.scenariosforum2019.com/   March 11-13, 2019 University of Denver, Denver, Colorado   A rapidly expanding set of activities is extending and…


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  • CHanGE directors among UW faculty selected as IPCC authors & editors

    CHanGE Director Kris Ebi and Co-Director Jeremy Hess were selected to contribute to the International Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report.  Dr. Ebi will serve as a review…


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  • First-author publication for former MPH student Lindsay Horn

    CHanGE is proud to announce the publication of a first-author paper by Lindsay Horn, MPH graduate. Ms. Horn, who did her thesis research with CHanGE Director Dr. Kris Ebi,…


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  • International Webinar of Experts on Climate Change and Health System Resiliency

    CHanGE Director Dr. Kris Ebi presented during this fascinating webinar about climate change and health system resiliency presented by the WHO and Health Canada. Click here to view…


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