Research Associate
Environmental Resilience Institute
Research Associate
The University of Virginia is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support a multi-disciplinary research collaboration called the Coupled Human-Natural Capital Research Lab (CoH-N). The collaborative research group operates as part of the University of Virginia's (UVA) Pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) which is focused on exploring the impact of rapid environmental and social changes on a planetary scale, and supports pioneering work that integrates knowledge about natural systems, technology, and human behavior to inform choices about our future.
This is a one-year appointment; the appointment may be renewed for an additional year, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.
The postdoctoral research associate will carry out a literature review elaborating the most important questions facing behavior change/community engagement in the context of sea level rise in coastal communities, and drafting of paper(s) in collaboration with CoH-N faculty. The incumbent executes a preliminary research study exploring the relationships between personal, social, and community-level variables in a coastal community at risk in Virginia. The postdoctoral research associate gathers case studies in participatory research methods (e.g. scenario tools/gaming/role playing) employed in the resilience and behavioral field, and evaluating their success in motivating real action on the ground.
A Ph.D., required by date of hire, in any area of behavioral science (e.g. from environmental psychology, social psychology, educational/instructional psychology; political psychology, applied cognitive psychology) is required. Excellent quantitative skills in the design/delivery of questionnaires and application of statistical skills in interpreting and manipulating data is essential. Experience in grant writing for federal and/or foundation bodies is required. Excellent communication skills for outreach/dissemination activities to the public is essential. Qualitative research methods, including the ability to conduct focus groups and transcribe code data; experience engaging vulnerable communities (e.g. at risk from flooding) with research protocols; and experience working with community experts/coordinating with community groups/leaders are preferred.
To apply submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search posting #0623183, and attach the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, and statement of research interests to include experience within the broad area of environmental resilience and behavioral science, as well as results of research, development, and your interests in working across multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Questions about the application process should be directed to Rhiannon O'Coin at
The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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