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S&T Opportunities

Science and Technology Policy Institute, Research Associates (full-time or summer intern positions), Washington DC

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) that serves the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Executive agencies, is looking for entry-level staff to participate in science and technology policy-support analyses. Areas covered include all domains of science and technology, as well as methods-related capabilities. Recent activities have included areas such as energy and the environment, biomedical research, space and aeronautics, engineering education, urban studies, risk analysis, data visualization, scientometrics, and innovation/competitiveness.

Requirements: For full-time positions, a bachelor's or master's degree in an S&T field with interest and some experience in the S&T policy field. For summer intern positions, junior and seniors are encouraged to apply. All positions require U.S. citizenship.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are critical, especially the ability to present complex issues and recommendations to senior government officials. Knowledge of US Federal S&T agencies is highly desirable. An ideal candidate is innovative and self starting.

Please send your resume via e-mail to Sarah Ryker, Research Staff Member, at STPI (sryker@ida.org).  STPI assists the Executive Branch of the US government as it formulates federal S&T policy by providing objective, high-quality analytic support to policymakers. Chartered by an act of Congress in 1991, STPI supports the Office of Science and Technology Policy and other government bodies under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. Full-time applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling (CREM) Post-Doc Announcement

EPA logoWe are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide expertise and leadership in the CREM’s efforts to help ensure that the Agency’s model-based decisions are founded on the best available, practicable science and are legally defensible. Candidates should have experience developing and applying environmental models and should be broadly familiar with a variety of statistical methods for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. In addition, an interest in IT and technology used to support the development of environmental models is desirable.

Duties associated with this position include the following:

  • Assist in development of guidance on conducting uncertainty and sensitivity analyses. The incumbent shall apply his/ her expertise in identifying, collecting and communicating information on the appropriate uncertainty and sensitivity analysis approaches and tools for model-based decision making. In particular, special emphasis will be placed on analyzing and understanding the propagation of uncertainty in integrated models.
  • Scientific Leadership to advance the state of research in model development and use. The incumbent shall provide expert guidance to program and regional office staff, and others regarding all major aspects of EPA’s development and use of models. The incumbent shall also participate in the development and implementation of modeling projects and the dissemination of the products produced as a result.

High Priority Research Area(s): Enhanced “Science and Research” as specified in sub-objectives of Strategic Goals 1 through 4 of the EPA Strategic Plan 2006-2011. Improved environmental management decisions are enabled by improved decision support tools. Supports “Results and Accountability”, “Innovation and Collaboration” and “Best Available Science” cross-goal strategies under the 2006-2011 EPA Strategic Plan.
Projected duration of appointment: 3 Years

Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Mathematical Sciences or a related discipline.

Specialized training and/ or experience preferred: The successful candidate should have experience developing and applying environmental models and a demonstrated publication record in this area as well as an interest in policy-relevant applications. A working knowledge of statistics is required and advanced statistics is preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are needed. Previous experience convening scientific workgroups is desirable.

To apply, please follow instructions on the OSA Post-Doc Program website. The deadline for submitting applications is April 24, 2009.

Climate Change Team Leader
The Nature Conservancy, Washington DC

Nature Conservancy logoThe Nature Conservancy is actively collaborating with policy makers, community members, businesses, scientists, industry leaders and others to slow the pace of climate change and help natural areas adjust to the impacts of climate change.

To accomplish our climate change goals, we seek a Team Leader to guide and manage a thematic cross-functional team (Team) within the Conservation Strategy Division (CSD) to reduce the impacts of climate change in ways that protect biodiversity, benefit human welfare, and generate resources for biodiversity conservation. The climate change Team will achieve the following measurable objectives: 1) change policy to reduce emissions, 2) demonstrate and promote forest carbon as a valid emissions mitigation strategy, 3) produce and disseminate climate change impact assessments, and 4) work with the field and partners on conservation area design and management to enhance resiliency and adaptation.

The Climate Change Team Leader's responsibilities will include the following functions:

  • Develops and implements cutting edge conservation strategies related to climate change adaptation
  • Establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner on climate change issues at the global level
  • Establishes clear objectives for the Team and a timeline for achieving those objectives
  • Leads and manages a cross-functional team which implements TNC's climate change strategies
  • Develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to reduce impacts of climate change

Desired Training/Experience

  • At least a BA but an advanced degree is preferred in a related discipline or environmental economics, science, business, or policy with excellent knowledge of biodiversity conservation issues.
  • At least 8 years experience in a related field - having worked successfully at a senior level in the public, NGO or private sector.
  • Significant international experience (extensive travel or work outside US)

A Full Job Description is available at the Nature Conservancy website.

Application Process: The Nature Conservancy has retained the services of Global Recruitment Specialists to fill this position. You do not need to apply online. Please submit your resume and cover letter t (Include - Climate Change Team Leader in subject line):

Global Recruitment Specialists
Attn: Patrick Shields
501 Westport Avenue, Suite 285
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA
Email: Shields@globalrecruitment.net

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Talented professionals from around the world are encourage to apply.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Weather, Climate and Society
A new journal published by the American Meteorological Society

AMS logoWeather, Climate, and Society, a quarterly journal of the American Meteorological Society, publishes scientific research and analysis on the interactions of weather and climate with society. The journal encompasses economic, policy, institutional, social, behavioral, and international research, including mitigation and adaptation to weather and climate change.  Articles may focus on a broad range of topics at the interface of weather and/or climate and society, including the socioeconomic, policy, or technological influences on weather and climate, the socioeconomic or cultural impacts of weather and climate, ethics and equity issues associated with weather, climate, and society, and the historical and cultural contexts of weather, climate, and society.  Because of the interdisciplinary subject matter, articles that involve both natural/physical scientists and social scientists are particularly encouraged. 

More information is available at the journal's website. Submissions can be made here.