The Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) at the International Arctic Research Center and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow interested in applied transdisciplinary data science. We are searching for early career researchers interested in collaborative approaches to improve the relevance and usefulness of community-based environmental observations across coastal Arctic Alaska. AAOKH is a sustained and year-round community-based monitoring network established in 2016, following on a predecessor program called the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network that was founded in 2007. A foundational goal is to develop partnerships with residents of Arctic Alaska to facilitate knowledge exchange and learning among observers, coastal Indigenous communities, and scientists related to changing coastal sea ice, ocean, and weather conditions and associated impacts to fish and wildlife. The Post Doctoral Fellow will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of UAF researchers and students, Iñupiaq scholars, observers, and communities. The Post Doctoral Fellow will work on AAOKH’s long-term database infrastructure in collaboration with researchers and organizations that are part of the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic network, with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Post Doctoral Fellow will explore several related themes of Arctic environmental change, Indigenous data sovereignty, and community-driven research, focusing on:
a) Co-production of database re-design to make community-based observations more useful to and useable by partnering communities as well as interdisciplinary researchers,
b) Engaging with partnering communities to align community-based observations with FAIR and CARE Principles for Indigenous data governance and sovereignty,
c) Developing use cases for community-based observations and monitoring to address Indigenous decision-making or research priorities identified through community partnerships.
This position is based at the International Arctic Research Center at UAF and will be mentored by Dr. Donna Hauser. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with the potential for reappointment pending performance review and funding availability. The position will remain open until filled, but applications should be submitted by June 8, 2021 to ensure full consideration.
Questions: Questions related to the activities of this position can be directly addressed to Dr. Donna Hauser (dhauser2 [at] alaska.edu).
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Alaska Native and other Indigenous people are strongly encouraged to apply.
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination. As a public, regional, comprehensive university. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. UAF is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Cover photo by Billy Adams, near Utqiaġvik April 2021