Postdoctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 23, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Miller Research Group within the Department of Mechanical Engineering encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Associate ! This position will lead a 3-y NSF funded project at CU Boulder and work with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, computer scientists, sociologists, community members, and community organizations.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Hands-on learning, sophisticated research, and a results-oriented spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at CU Boulder. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering learn from a vibrant faculty conducting diverse research in consumer products, robotics, thermodynamics, energy, and the environment. We’re home to nearly 1,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs.

We offer world-class facilities and an outstanding spirit for business and industry. CU Boulder is ranked the #18th most entrepreneurial university in the nation by Forbes Magazine (2015). We also have strong connections to multiple national laboratories located here in Boulder, providing real-world research opportunities for students.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Major construction projects across the U.S. can have heavy impacts on communities that can last decades. These projects can generate noise and air pollution, disrupt traffic and affect individual and community health and social structure. Environmental justice communities, or communities with large numbers of ethnic/racial/religious minority and/or low-income households, are disproportionately subject to negative health and environmental effects. This project partners with three environmental justice communities in Denver, Colorado to understand and help mitigate the disruption caused by two major projects, including a highway reconstruction project and related neighborhood redevelopment. This effort will build a socio-technical system that equips community members with environmental sensors to monitor their personal environment (air and noise pollution) and a set of smartphone apps to report their individual wellbeing and social relations. The data reported through the sociotechnical system will allow us to:
  1. Understand how community members are affected by planned environmental disruptions;
  2. Mitigate negative impacts of future planned disruptions; and
  3. Connect policymakers to data generated by citizens within local communities.
By providing communities access to data with smart and connected ground breaking tools and the ability to interact with these tools, the project seeks to improve community members’ personal environment, wellbeing, and social relations, while enabling evidence-based responses to community members’ experiences and advising policy and decision-makers in real-time.

What You Should Know

The targeted start date for this position is November 2, 2020.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be Ambitious. Be Groundbreaking. Be Boulder.

What We Require

Ph.D. in Public Health, Geography, Environmental Science, or Engineering with experience in community-based participatory research, geographical information systems, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data modeling.

What We Would Like You To Have

Spanish proficiency would be a plus.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Proof of Degree
    • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.
    • If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable)
  4. Letter of Recommendation

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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