Graduate research assistantship at Clark University

Clark University Graduate School of Geography, PhD RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP in Urban Resilience to Weather-Related Extreme Events

Application deadline: Dec 31, 2015
About UREx SRN A PhD research assistant (RA) position is available at Clark University beginning in August 2016, to work on the new Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, which aims to generate knowledge and promote actions that will ensure resilience of cities in the face of extreme events. The network of nine cities and 17 institutions includes US and Latin American cities and conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research across ecological/physical science, social science, and engineering domains. UREx SRN is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award Abstract # 1444755. For further information, review the project website at The RA opportunity also comes with a tuition waiver, health benefits and support for travel to project meetings and scientific conferences.
Under the supervision of Rinku Roy Chowdhury, the graduate RA at Clark University will collaborate with key working groups in the UREx network to compile and analyze social ecological and climate data on network cites. The RA will help develop comparative research on cities’ experience of and preparedness for extreme events, social and ecological vulnerability, or other topics related to project goals and consistent with the applicant’s skills. Overall, they will be expected to conduct outstanding research and participate in preparing scientific publications, and encouraged to develop their PhD research integrally connected to the UREx effort.
Desired Qualifications A successful applicant would demonstrate the following:
– (Inter)disciplinary training in geography, landscape or urban ecology, or related fields.
– One or more of the following skills: GIS, spatial statistics, qualitative configurational analysis (QCA), statistical modeling, and comparative analysis of data from public sources.
– Familiarity with conceptual frameworks from vulnerability science and ecological resilience.
– Evidence of ability to conduct independent research and to collaborate across disciplines.
– Applicants must apply to the PhD program in the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, by the December 31 application deadline. For more information on application requirements…
– Applicants should also send a current CV, statement of interest and example publications to Dr. Rinku Roy Chowdhury at