CIRCA Hiring Assistant Director of Research to Support CT Resilience Planning

Search #: 495562
Work type: Full-time
Location: Avery Point Campus
Categories: Research


The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Research (Research Associate 1) in the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) to provide support for activities associated with the Resilient Connecticut project. CIRCA is a multi‐disciplinary center that coordinates applied research and engagement programs to develop and advance practical solutions to problems caused by changing climate.

The Assistant Director of Research (ADR) will coordinate a team developing hydrologic science and engineering that supports a project to develop a prototype resilience framework for Connecticut. With the supervision of the Executive Director, the ADR will coordinate the development, testing, and application of numerical models of flooding in complicated urban and rural areas to determine levels and patterns of flood risk. Assessment of the effectiveness of proposed risk reduction strategies will also be required.


  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation, and evaluation of flood risk simulations.
  • Coordination of the planning, development, design, implementation, and evaluation of fieldwork/observation campaigns.
  • Preparation of data summaries, analyses, and reports.
  • Preparation of journal articles.
  • Management of CIRCA staff and postdoctoral scholars in coordination with the Director of Resilience Planning, and faculty engaged in the project.
  • Participation in workshops and meetings for municipalities and regional councils of government on climate resilience and adaptation.
  • Participation in capacity-building studies and engagement programs, including climate science communication, and training in design and engineering.
  • May be responsible for miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned.
  • May participate in the planning, and development of research proposals.


  • Ph.D. in Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and 3 years or closely related field; or an M.S. and 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience using and evaluating modern community hydrology models
  • Experience with computing technology (e.g. Matlab, FORTRAN) and data management.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state and region, conduct oceanographic field work, and participate in occasional evening and weekend meetings.
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications.


  • Experience leading a team of collaborators.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Experience with the model and related tools.
  • Experience project management.
  • Experience in proposal preparations.


This is a full-time, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of September 24, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495581 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 14, 2021.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Sep 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time