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PostDoc Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

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
social policy.

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:
  • Assist in recruiting schools and families from schools
  • Maintain good working relationships with all study partners
  • Place and maintain low-cost sensor at participating schools
  • Calibrate sensors regularly (both inside schools and outside of schools)
  • Regular communication with study participants about symptom diaries
  • Monitoring of wildfire incident command tweets and alerts
  • Data collection, management, and analysis
  • Writing manuscripts and participating in creating presentations on findings

What You Should Know

  • 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 campus.
  • 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.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $54,000-$58,000 depending on experience. There will be increases each year for three years.


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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What We Require

  • PhD in geography, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or related fields.
  • 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 You Will Need
  • Strong project management skills with outstanding attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work respectfully and collegially with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • 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 different disciplines.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience with research on one or more of the following topics:
    • 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 statistics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 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 progresses.

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.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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