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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Chris Field

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Field, Chris
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Michael Wara, Michael Mastrandrea
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Woods Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year fixed.
Appointment Start Date: 
no later than 09/01/2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please title your application as "Wildfire" and e-mail your application materials to:  Heather Bolei
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Post-doctoral Fellow on Wildfire Science and Policy
The Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment invite applications for a post-doctoral position on wildfire science and policy. The Wildfire Science and Policy Fellow will join the thriving community of the Woods Institute as it enters the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.  The Fellow will report to the leaders of CEPP and will receive mentorship from an interdisciplinary team of faculty and researchers connecting scientific research with real-world decision making. 
This one-year, full-time fellowship is crafted for early-career technical scholars with a strong interest in wildfire science and policy design and implementation and the important interactions with decarbonization and climate resilience policy. It offers a hands-on opportunity to apply your scientific skills and expertise to address urgent and intensifying wildfire policy challenges in California and the western US. This work will build on and deepen partnerships with policy stakeholders and Stanford’s long track record of engagement on wildfire policy in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
The Fellow will lead quantitative modeling and data analysis to support (1) the development of generalized public health guidance on best practices for protecting students in school settings and other vulnerable populations from wildfire smoke and(2) the development of a quantitative planning process for wildfire risk reduction in California, transforming the current suppression-oriented wildfire management approach towards a focus on protecting public health through quantified risk reduction and managing the electricity rate impacts of wildfire-related grid investments.
The Fellow will also play a lead role in organizing and implementing a multidisciplinary Wildfire Policy Practicum in each quarter of Stanford’s academic year (September-June) that creates opportunities for Stanford graduate students to conduct rigorous and timely analysis in support of the objectives outlined above. The Fellow will also engage with external policy partners and practicum “clients” to ensure that products are maximally relevant to active policy processes, engaging directly in such processes when appropriate.
Stanford University is encouraging flexible work arrangements.  This position has the option to work a hybrid work schedule of up to 3 days of telecommuting work per week. Salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions, and Stanford provides a generous benefits package.
Stanford University seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. 

Required Qualifications: 

• A Ph.D. in a qualified discipline. Experience with GIS-based analysis and data analytical methods (machine learning, spatial causal inference) strongly preferred.
• Strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing abilities, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a collaborative spirit.
• A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and a track record of community engagement and service. 
• Strong organizational/management skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and aptitude for working with students and diverse policy stakeholders.
• Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for evidence-based analysis and policy engagement.

Required Application Materials: 
  • A cover letter summarizing interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A CV
  • A writing sample
  • Contact information for three references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.