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National Science Foundation, Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Fellowship Program

Reference: JOB36821
Application deadline: 7 weeks 4 days 15 hours 31 minutes

Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Fellowship Programs, Funded by the The National Science Foundation Award #1424075, Inviting Applications www.nextgenhazardsresearchers.org

Led by: Deborah Thomas, PhD, University of Colorado Denver; Brian Gerber, PhD, University of Colorado Denver; and Samuel Brody, PhD, Texas A&M University

Fellowship Description: The NSF funded the Enabling Program, which has previously mentored three cohorts, is a demonstrably successful education and training effort aimed at developing junior faculty to become active scholars in both their individual disciplines and in the broader hazards and disaster research community. The aims of the program are to: (1) foster the development of scholars with a career-long commitment to research on hazards, risk, and disasters; (2) contribute to the nation's future research capacity and infrastructure in these areas; and (3) add important original scientific knowledge to areas of hazards, risk, and disasters.

Ten leading scholars will provide mentoring in hazards and disasters research for up to 20 competitively selected fellows. Representative activities include writing scholarly articles, book proposals and grant proposals. The felllowship covers travel expenses for program activities, including three required workshops, and offers a modest stipend.

Eligiblity: The fellowship is open to early career tenure-track faculty who have not yet received tenure and promotion at a U.S. institution and are interested in developing research in natural and human-made hazards, risks, and disasters in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavorial schiences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs. We seek applications from faculty in academic departments with doctoral programs, as well as those in non-doctoral programs that have demonstrated a capability to prepare students for research careers. We encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in the hazards and disaster field - including women and racial and ethnic minorities.

Application Deadline: Application material for the 2014 fellowships can be found on the program's website and must be received in digital form by September 24, 2014.

Questions: nextgenhazardsresearchers@gmail.com

University of British Columbia, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

Reference: JOB36820
Application deadline: 13 weeks 6 days 18 hours 31 minutes

 Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is seeking an outstanding academic at the Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning.   The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in applied research in complex adaptive urban systems, infrastructure and smart city planning, and approaches to coping with climate change in urban areas.  Interest or research experience in the rapidly urbanizing countries in Asia would be especially welcome.  Demonstrated capacity for bridging the fields of engineering, applied social sciences, and the environmental/ecological sciences is sought.  The ideal candidate should also be able to address such planning issues as local governance, the regulation of public infrastructure, community engagement and public policy.  

Applicants must have a PhD in planning or related discipline in addition to several years of research and teaching experience, and a substantial track record of relevant research publications.  An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in engineering or one of the sciences is required in order to be eligible for eventual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding.    SCARP (www.scarp.ubc.ca ) is a fully accredited (Canada and USA) graduate planning program within the Faculty of Applied Science. The School’s explicit pedagogical mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. Sustainability is understood broadly to encompass social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the School’s teaching and research orientation places emphasis on the development of participatory, community-oriented planning methods.  The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in the new professional SCARP Master’s program.   In addition, the candidate can also expect to teach in the proposed Masters of Engineering in Urban Systems program to be offered in the Faculty of Applied Science. 

A Tier II CRC is expected to: 

* be an excellent emerging world-class researcher who has demonstrated particular research creativity;

* have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to ten years; 

* propose an original, innovative research program of high quality; and 

* have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.  

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a short summary of the applicant’s research plans and the names, rank and addresses of three references.  Applications should be submitted online at http://www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/18920. The closing date for applications is November 7, 2014.   The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.

The Canadian Research Chairs Program (www.chairs.gc.ca) was established by the Canadian Federal Government to attract outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system.  The Tier II Chair is for emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as have the potential to lead in their field.  The Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and are renewable for a further five years upon review by national and international peers.  To be eligible, candidates must have a completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years.  The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Canada Research Chair and, is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat.  

The University of British Columbia is one of the world’s best universities known for its academic excellence, top caliber students, and an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.  

The Faculty of Applied Science shares the University’s commitment to research excellence, and in addition to SCARP, it houses the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and all engineering activities at the Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing.  

Applicants to faculty positions at UBC Applied Science are asked to complete an equity survey at https://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g3698. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. The information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment. The answers will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed.” 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.  We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations, and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge of engage productively with diverse communities.  

University of Toronto, St. George Campus, Urban Geography, Planning and Geographic Systems (GIS), Assistant Professor

Reference: JOB36819
Application deadline: 8 weeks 6 days 13 hours 31 minutes

The Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the area of Urban Geography, Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor starting July 1, 2015.

The Department seeks a candidate with expertise in the use of spatial data and informatics to analyse urban problems such as those related to urban health, built form, social services provision, urban ecology, energy use or economic development. 

In addition to developing an excellent research program and engaging in undergraduate and graduate teaching at the University of Toronto, the successful candidate will be involved with the research and teaching activities of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a collaborative network involving New York University, the University of Toronto and other international universities and partners (http://cusp.nyu.edu). CUSP is a unique public-private research centre that focuses on research and developing technologies for the critical challenges facing the world’s cities, including infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and public health. The successful candidate will be one of a number of targeted CUSP faculty hires across the University of Toronto as part of this exciting initiative. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geography, Planning or a closely related field by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants must also have a record of excellence in research and teaching. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The appointment is at the University of Toronto, which is a tri-campus, research-intensive institution. The St George campus is located in the heart of Toronto and offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a wide range of collaborative programs and centres of research. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by visiting https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1401321. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, examples of publications, and a teaching dossier. All materials must be received by October 3, 2014. Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Virginia Maclaren, at jobs@geog.utoronto.ca . All application materials should be submitted online. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. 

Applicants should also ask three referees to send signed letters of reference directly to the Department Chair via email jobs@geog.utoronto.ca by the closing date. For more information about the Department, please visit our home page: http://geography.utoronto.ca/.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Room 5047, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3 Canada Tel: +1 416-978-3375 · Fax: +1 416-946-3886 · http://www.geog.utoronto.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

University of Toronto, Mississauga, Assistant/Associate Professor, Urban Social Geography

Reference: JOB36818
Application deadline: 7 weeks 6 days 13 hours 31 minutes

Assistant / Associate Professor – Urban Social Geography – Job #1401328

The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Urban Social Geography at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2015.

The Department seeks to hire a candidate with a research and teaching program focused on urban social geography. Specific areas of interest in terms of research focus include geographies of immigration, health, or social inclusion/exclusion within metropolitan settings. Expertise in quantitative methods is considered an asset. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field by the date of appointment or soon thereafter and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research in urban social geography.

In addition to developing a strong research program and engaging in teaching at the University of Toronto, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to be involved with the research and teaching activities of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a collaborative network involving New York University, the University of Toronto and other international universities and partners (http://cusp.nyu.edu). CUSP is a unique public-private research centre that focuses on research and developing technologies for the critical challenges facing the world’s cities.

The appointment will be at UTM, which has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of 12,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus, where the appointee will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in physical and human geography and the environment. Active participation in the UTM Geography and Environment undergraduate programs, as well as in the graduate program of the Department of Geography and Program in Planning is expected.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All materials must be received by September 26, 2014 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Kathi Wilson, at geography.utm@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online by visiting https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job..., and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests and three representative publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word files in the following format:

1) Letter, CV and research & teaching statements

2) Publications

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Department via email geography.utm@utoronto.ca by the closing date. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at www.utm.utoronto.ca/geography.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Two Full Time Tenure Track Faculty Positions

Reference: JOB36816
Application deadline: 2 days 19 hours 31 minutes

The Graduate School of Planning of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus is seeking to fill two (2) full time tenure track faculty positions, beginning in January 2015.

Requirements: PhD in Planning; other doctoral degrees in planning related fields from internationally recognized universities will be considered. All candidates should be bilingual in English and Spanish, and have professional and research experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise: 1) Planning for sustainable development, including long-term comprehensive development and futures studies; 2) Environmental and natural resources planning, including areas related to resource management and policy, sustainability and sustainable communities, urban political ecology, water resources planning, environmental governance, climate change and energy policy; 3) Regional Planning, including infrastructure and sustainable land use planning; and, 4) Social policy planning and programming in one or more of the following sectors: communities, health, social vulnerability and risk, and public welfare.

Responsibilities: Candidates will also take a leadership role in the development of new interdisciplinary doctoral programs, and demonstrate adequate skills in the use of geographic information and other software in the management of social, economic and environmental data. Teaching duties include graduate courses and workshops in their area of expertise, as well as core theory and planning technique courses. Candidates will be expected to conduct research in their area of specialization, seek external funding, and maintain a presence in public policy issues pertaining to the mission of the Graduate School of Planning.

Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should apply by sending a cover letter (including areas of teaching expertise and current or planned academic research), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and transcript(s) of all their degrees to:

Dr. Carmen Concepción, Acting Chair
Graduate School of Planning
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
P. O. Box 23354
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3354.
send a copy to: carmen.concepcion2@upr.edu

The University of Puerto Rico is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. Published in compliance with the University of Puerto Rico by laws as amended Art. 77, Sec. 77, 1980-81.

University of California, Davis, Assistant Specialist in Coopertaive Extension in Public Policy

Reference: JOB36815
Application deadline: 4 weeks 3 days 14 hours 31 minutes

Title: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Public Policy is located in the Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis. The position of Specialist in Cooperative Extension (Specialist) is one of providing statewide leadership to University colleagues, public agencies, community-based organizations, youth, consumers, and citizens. The Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) academic colleagues, and ensure appropriate external input into the planning of research and educational programs by the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and UCCE.
Responsibilities: This position will be filled by a social scientist with training in public policy and experience with translational research, the process by which research findings are acquired, interpreted, and used by policy makers and practitioners, and by which the context-specific knowledge of practitioners and policy makers can inform more relevant research. The successful candidate is expected to conduct applied research and outreach in translational research and public policy and to develop an innovative program including four elements:

  • EXTENSION EDUCATION: Provide leadership as liaison between campus-based research, public policy makers, and community based organizations, and serve as a resource person for UCCE county-based academics. Provide training on translational research approaches and strategies.
  • APPLIED RESEARCH:  Provides leadership to plan and coordinate applied research activities related to translational research and public policy. Work with departmental and other research and UCCE academics to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY: Participates in activities of appropriate local, state, and national professional organizations. Reviews research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise. 
  • UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE:  Participates in activities of committees within the department, college, or UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Works with state and federal agencies (regulatory, advisory, etc.), counties, municipalities, and others on issues related to youth, families, and communities. Responds to media inquiries.

Qualifications: The applicant should have a doctoral degree in public policy, political science, public administration, sociology, planning, geography, education, or related fields, along with expertise and experience in linking science with policy processes to inform social change. Desired attributes include substantive policy expertise related to issues of concern to youth, families, and/or communities, and experience with research which translates the concerns of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Appointment date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or about January 1, 2015.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at (https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/). Inquiries should be directed to Dr. David Campbell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA  95616, telephone (530) 754-4328, e-mail: dave.c.campbell@ucdavis.edu To ensure consideration, applications should be received by September 2, 2014. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty in Urban Planning

Reference: JOB36813
Application deadline: 8 weeks 4 days 10 hours 31 minutes

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for multiple positions. We are looking for individuals who can enhance our efforts to improve the quality of life in and resilience of the world’s urban regions through planning, design, and policymaking. We invite applications from individuals engaged in innovative research, teaching and practice, who can contribute to the department in one or more of the following areas:

  • Informal Settlements and Urban Development
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Policy and Ecological Planning
  • Community and Land Use Planning
  • Spatial Modeling and Urban Analytics  

 

As a multi-disciplinary department with students from around the world, we welcome candidates from fields such as planning, economics, sociology, law, and ecology; we also encourage applicants with international expertise, including those with knowledge of the Global South.

Initial appointments are expected to be made at pre-tenure ranks, although in exceptional cases we will consider more senior tenured candidates.  Successful applicants will be expected to engage with students from the department’s undergraduate, professional masters (MCP), and doctoral programs.

Basic qualifications include a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in planning or a related field; a track record of excellence in scholarship and teaching; and a strong interest in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to solve urban problems.  In rare cases, a record of outstanding practice will be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree or teaching/scholarship; MIT offers a parallel track for associate professor of the practice, which may be more appropriate for practitioner-scholar.

Applications should be submitted through the Interfolio web site at: http://apply.interfolio.com/25072. 

A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., statement outlining current and future research and teaching interests; and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of at least three referees. Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2014, and continue until all positions are filled.

For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff 877-997-8807 or help@interfolio.com. Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott: sandrame@mit.edu. Please do not send materials by email.

DUSP continues to develop its diverse community of teachers and scholars, and strongly encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups.