Research Scholar with the Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Research, College of Arts & Sciences, Mid-Level

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Job Summary:

The Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute is seeking a Research Scholar in Boise, Idaho to support efforts focused on community-engaged scholarship, resilience, and sustainability. This position is fully funded for three years with mentorship and grantwriting support to build a self-sustaining research profile and funding beyond the funded timeframe. Learn more about the Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute at

Essential Functions:

The Research Scholar will investigate topics related to hazards, climate, and resilience, with a specific focus on promoting equitable community engagement. Responsibilities may include guiding research students involved in funded projects. The researcher will actively contribute to ongoing projects by assessing their impact, fostering collaborations, and developing and evaluating needs assessments and strategies. Initial funding for the position spans three years, during which time we will seek to secure additional grants for long-term support. The Research Scholar will spend 15% of their time writing grants to secure external funding for both their position and research beyond the initial three years.

Currently funded projects include:
The Northwestern Environmental and Energy Justice Thriving Communities Technical
Assistance Center Project (Idaho Partner) (Funder: Environmental Protection Agency)
● This project focuses on building environmental, climate, and energy justice for Idaho
communities and will involve networking, outreach to communities, developing needs
assessments, and providing relevant resources.

Collaborative Research: Household Response to Wildfire – Integrating Behavioral Science and
Evacuation Modeling to Improve Community Wildfire Resilience (Funder: National Science
● This project is an interdisciplinary wildfire evacuation study in Idaho and Oregon
examining hazard education best practices for motivating households’ protective actions,
assessments of community-informed evidence-based strategies for wildfire evacuation
modeling, and tests of alternative wildfire warning messaging strategies.
In addition to research tasks, the Research Scholar will be involved in community engagement
and network building for resilience and sustainability efforts. As such, they will interact and
coordinate with a variety of university and community partners including, but not limited to
emergency managers, non-profits, planners, academic collaborators to engage, sustain and
grow the HCRI community and network. This will involve leading and supporting a variety of
engagement activities (e.g., in-person or virtual webinars, panel events, trainings, etc.).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Familiarity with hazards and resilience research
● Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and software
● Knowledge and experience with project management, including developing timelines
and work plans
● Familiarity with human subjects research regulations and guidelines
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate across groups
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Organized, detail-oriented
● Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
● Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a busy environment with competing priorities
● Proficient with ArcGIS

Minimum Qualifications:

● Ph.D. in Sociology, Disaster Management, Environmental Science, Public Policy or related field and two years of postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Experience writing grants and/or academic manuscripts.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary: $70,000 for a 12-month appointment and full benefits. The position is financially supported for the entire first year and for 11 months in the second and third years. There is also the possibility of earning a full salary by securing additional grants and contracts. The research scholar will receive guidance to establish their own research program. We expect the scholar to receive support from HCRI and external grant funding beyond the initial three years.  

Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Research Statement (Research statements should describe the applicant's research experience and future research plan, and how they align with the open position.)



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