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Requisition Number 17-0096
Post Date 9/6/2017
Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Climate Science
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Summary
This position will develop an externally funded climate science research program for the Institute of Water Science and Security (IWSS), spanning basic and applied research categories, and incorporating private (e.g. industry) and public stakeholders.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Generate and submit at least eight externally funded research proposals and at least four peer-reviewed publications per year.
2) Develop an IWSS climate sciences program.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Director, IWSS.

Physical Demands
Requires physical abilities to perform research, including manual dexterity and abilities to see, hear, walk, talk, and feel. Individual is required to lift and carry items of 25 lbs or less or transport such items by cart. Walking and stair climbing occur on a daily basis.

Work Environment
Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. Traveling to various locations for meetings may be required. The incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) PhD in Atmospheric Sciences
2) Experience in climate and water sciences

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Ability to develop a self-supporting, externally funded research program.
2) Demonstrated experience in grant writing
3) Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
4) Skilled at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
5) The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
6) Ability to document and present the results of research.
7) Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or style due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented.
8) Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences
9) Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
10) Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.).
11) Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
12) Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
13) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
14) Ability to meet deadlines, as well as prepare, present and report results effectively.
15) Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations.
16) Ability to do strategic planning for program development.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Interpersonal Interactions in the Workplace – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
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