Postdoctoral research positions in ISRC climate change program

We anticipate 7 postdoctoral research positions related to regional climate change and climate change impacts to become available at Purdue University within a project in the newly created Inca Institute for a Sustainable and Resilient Cusco—a cooperative technical alliance between National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot in Cuzco (UNSAAC) and Purdue University’s Discovery Park.

Peru is considered highly vulnerable to climate change risks such as glacier retreat, rising temperatures, more variable and intense weather events (floods, droughts, frosts), deteriorating mountain ecosystems, soil degradation, and increasing water scarcity. However, there remain big gaps in our understanding of changes in regional climate, and how these changes will impact human and natural systems, making it difficult for communities to anticipate, plan, and adapt to the coming changes. In collaboration with our partners at UNSAAC, this project will develop a research and engagement framework aimed at reducing the vulnerability of key societal and economic sectors and strengthening the resilience of the Cusco region to climate variability and change.

Postdoctoral research positions are expected to be available in the areas listed below. Contact the associated Purdue faculty member for further information.

1. High resolution climate downscaling: Matt Huber

2. Qualitative and quantitative natural resources social science: Linda Prokopy

3. Surface water hydrology and cyberinfrastructure for hydrology: Venkatesh Merwade

4. Land use/cover change forecasting: Bryan Pijanowski

5. Assessment of climate change impacts on water resources: Jeff Dukes

6. Assessment of climate change impacts on energy supply and demand: Jeff Dukes

7. Assessment of climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems: Jeff Dukes

Candidates for these positions should have recently completed their PhD, or should expect to complete their degree requirements by the start date. Candidates interested in this position should have a record of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment geared toward investigating problems related to environmental sustainability. Past participation in international research projects and Spanish language skills are desirable. While the postdoctoral position is based at Purdue University (in West Lafayette, IN, USA), the successful candidates will be expected to engage in field and laboratory work in Peru, primarily in the Cusco region, in some cases for multi-week periods of time. Initial appointments are for one year, starting as early as possible in 2019, with potential renewal for a second year upon review.