The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) in the
Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado
Boulder encourages applications for a full-time position of
Post-Doctoral Research Associate to be involved in an innovative
project to understand air quality in schools and associated health
impacts among students both in school and homes during wildfire
events. Current guidance states that schools should determine
whether to close when impacted by wildfire smoke based on whether
schools or children’s homes are likely to have better indoor air
quality. Most schools and communities, however, do not have
reliable information on PM2.5 levels inside and outside of their
schools and homes to inform decisions about where children should
shelter. We will be collecting and analyzing data to inform the
intervention of whether schools should stay open or closed during
wildfire air pollution events.
This is a full-time position for three years with an anticipated
start date of Fall 2021. The post-doc will be working directly with
Dr. Colleen Reid, assistant professor of Geography, who is also a
Faculty Fellow of the Institute of Behavioral Science, within which
she is involved in the Health and Society program and the CUPC. Dr.
Reid is also involved with Earth Lab.
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
CUPC is a center funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development, located in the IBS
Population Program, with research concentrations in population
health, environmental demography, migration, reproductive health,
and gene-environment interactions. The Center is located within the
IBS at CU Boulder, which has long provided a setting for
interdisciplinary collaborative research on problems of societal
concern. By engaging faculty from all the social and behavioral
sciences, IBS encourages work that transcends disciplinary
boundaries, illuminating the complexity of social behavior and
social life, and that has important implications for
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Under the direction of the project’s faculty investigators, the
Post-Doctoral Research Associate will contribute to both the data
management and the scientific aims of the research grant including
but not limited to:
What You Should Know
- Assist in recruiting schools and families from schools
- Maintain good working relationships with all study
- Place and maintain low-cost sensor at participating
- Calibrate sensors regularly (both inside schools and outside of
- Regular communication with study participants about symptom
- Monitoring of wildfire incident command tweets and alerts
- Data collection, management, and analysis
- Writing manuscripts and participating in creating presentations
What We Can Offer
- The post-doc will have space at the Institute of Behavioral
Science and will be able to collaborate with interdisciplinary
scholars there and elsewhere on the University of Colorado Boulder
- This project will involve driving to schools potentially all
over the state of Colorado when a wildfire occurs, therefore it
requires that the post-doctoral fellow move to Colorado and to have
a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.
The salary range for this position is $54,000-$58,000 depending on
experience. There will be increases each year for three
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- PhD in geography, environmental health sciences, epidemiology,
atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or related
- Strong programming skills in R, Stata, SAS, or Python.
- Evidence of peer-reviewed publications, either already
published or under review.
- Own vehicle with valid driver's license.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Strong project management skills with outstanding attention to
- Ability to work respectfully and collegially with people from
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain
positive relationships with various partners.
- Strong time management skills with a proven ability to
multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects on
tight deadlines with little supervision.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the
ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for
non-technical audiences required.
- Experience with or desire to learn how to use open data sharing
platforms, github, latex.
- In addition, candidates with excellent scientific writing and
strong oral communication skills, as well as the ability to work
effectively, collaboratively, and collegially with colleagues from
- Experience with research on one or more of the following
- health impacts of wildfire smoke
- health impacts of air pollution
- air pollution monitoring
- community-based research
- Experience with Geographic Information Systems is desired.
- Strong understanding of epidemiological methods and
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- PDF Sample of Work: Please provide at least one example of your
written work about your research. This should be a published
journal article if you already have one or a manuscript ready for
publication or a chapter of your dissertation.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact
information for three references and we will request letters of
recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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