Postdoctoral Scholar Water Justice Policy and Planning

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Job posting number: #7182236

Posted: September 25, 2023

Job Description

Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480 - $71,908.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: January 2024
Position duration: Initial appointment is for 2 years with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.
Open date: September 24, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Oct 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 6, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoc Scholar under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Dobbin, in the areas of environmental justice, environmental policy, and natural resource management.

The postdoctoral scholar will play a key role on the drinking water project team for the implementation of a large, interdisciplinary California Climate Action Grant called “COEQWAL: Equitable stewardship of California’s water in a changing climate.” The project aims to democratize the tools and information used in water allocation planning in California by developing a user-driven framework for water planning that leverages existing models used to operate California’s major water supply systems. An overarching goal is to empower end-users historically excluded from decision making by providing meaningful, timely, and actionable information regarding their vulnerabilities to changes in water operations in an increasingly variable climate. COEQWAL will follow a structured, participatory process to identify user-defined objectives and evaluate alternative operational scenarios. The 2-year, $9M project will support a team of over 50 researchers from 7 academic institutions across California. The project will also engage dozens of external entities, including NGOs, community groups, water districts, state and federal government agencies, and Tribal governments.

Specifically, the postdoctoral scholar will help lead research design, data collection, and analysis to assess the drinking water supply and affordability implications of diverse climate and management scenarios for surface water dependent public water systems in California. Findings from this work are expected to yield important scholarly and policy insights on securing and maintaining the human right to water under climate change. This work could include both qualitative and quantitative methods depending on the experience and interests of the scholar. The scholar will also coordinate the project team’s advisory committee and lead community, tribal, and policy outreach both to inform the project design/analysis and for the dissemination of our findings. The scholar will lead and collaborate on peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications.

Job duties include:
● Mixed method social science data collection
● Data management and documentation
● Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
● Preparation of peer-reviewed research outputs
● Preparation of non-peer reviewed research outputs targeting policymakers and other stakeholders/communities.
● Participation in interdisciplinary research team meetings
● Project management
● Convening and facilitating project advisory committee
● Stakeholder and advisory committee communications
● Development of, and compliance with, human subjects research protocols
● Oral research presentations to diverse audiences

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date. The candidate should have no more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications
• Experience working with environmental justice communities/organizations
• Knowledge of California water policy and water law
• Experience working with drinking water related data including the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS)
• Proficiency in Spanish (oral and written)
• Proficiency in R
• Experience with, or training in, community-based or participatory research
• Experience with, or training in, conducting interviews and/or focus groups
• Experience with, or training in, data science
• Experience with mixed-method social science research
• Interest in, or experience with, interdisciplinary and team science

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)
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UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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