Postdoctoral Fellow, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC)

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/08/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC)
Position/Title/Fund: Postdoctoral Fellow
Type/Term: Full-time, term-funded, reviewed annually for contract renewal
Location: Hybrid from Fairbanks, Alaska
Deadline: May 20, 2024
Contact Info: Delia Lopez-Ketzler, [email protected], 907-474-1960

As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC), you'll play a vital role in ensuring that climate science actively contributes to Alaskan’s efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This two-year postdoctoral position will investigate how the AK CASC supports climate change adaptation in Alaska. This research may involve working closely with AK CASC’s partners and affiliates to conduct interviews, surveys, or use other creative and innovative methods to study communication, actionable science, how scientific evidence is used in decision making, and evaluate AK CASC initiatives and activities.

To thrive in this position, applicants must have a PhD and a strong academic background in social sciences, complemented by proficiency in research methodologies, analytical skills, and transdisciplinary collaboration. We seek enthusiastic applicants that can demonstrate creativity, initiative, and strong oral and written communication skills. The successful applicant is enthusiastic about making meaningful contributions and is a motivated problem solver who enjoys working in a collaborative environment.

The post-doctoral fellow will have some latitude to develop research questions independently based on their expertise, but potential projects include the investigation of: 

  • Barriers and opportunities of an organizational approach to science communication
  • The roles of boundary spanners in facilitating actionable science 
  • Assessment of research-practice partnerships or co-production of knowledge 
  • Relationships between team composition, budgetary inputs, and actionable science outcomes

This position is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth Yeddha' campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is a full-time, term-funded faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, faculty time off (FTO), and up to 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC)


  • PhD in a relevant discipline (anthropology, sociology, human geography, psychology, political science, science and technology studies, public policy and planning, environmental studies, evaluation science, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience with social science research methods (e.g., interview, survey, comparative case studies, participant action, community-based research).
  • Experience conducting research related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation is preferred.
How to Apply:

Apply online and please submit the following:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three professional references with contact information (phone number and emails)

The initial review of applications will be Monday, May 20, 2024. For full consideration please apply by Sunday, May 19, 2024 by 11:55pm (Alaska Standard Time). The position will remain open until a successful candidates has been identified. 

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.