Join Coastlines & People Project on Equity in Government Decision-making for Flood Risk Reduction
Dr. Siders is recruiting for a fully-funded doctoral position as part of an NSF Coastlines and People (CoPe) project at the University of Delaware: Coastal Hazards, Equity, Economic prosperity, and Resilience (CHEER). The student will join a diverse team of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from a dozen universities, with opportunities for co-advising and near-peer mentoring. The student will join the “government” team within the CHEER project, where we will explore how different levels of government (local, state, and federal) make decisions about hurricane and flood risk reduction measures, and how the three levels interact. Our work will focus specifically on equity and fairness and how different decision-makers think about, operationalize, and integrate equity into their decision-making processes.
Find more details on the project, your roles, and how to apply below.
THE CHEER HUB - 8 PostDocs & 17 PhD Positions
Community resilience to hurricane wind and flood damage remains challenging to achieve in practice, especially when also considering the issues of equity and economic prosperity, and particularly in the context of climate change. The National Science Foundation-funded Coastal Hazards, Equity, Economic prosperity, and Resilience (CHEER) Hub has been established to address this challenge. We are now seeking post-docs, graduate student researchers, and undergraduate summer scholars to join this interdisciplinary, multi-university, multi-year project. For more about the project see our press release or the NSF abstract. Learn more about the team and other openings at http://cheer-hub.org.
Postdocs (8 positions available)
PhD students (17 positions available) Starting Jan 2023 or Fall 2023
You + the Program
Candidates may apply to any of the following doctoral programs at the University of Delaware: Disaster Science and Management, Public Policy and Administration, Energy and Environmental Policy (all in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration), or Geography (in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment) depending on their background and career goals.
The researchers will join Dr. Siders' Adaptation Lab and have opportunities to work on cross-campus initiatives through the Disaster Research Center - the first center in the world dedicated to the social scientific study of disasters - and the Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub - the University of Delaware's new university-wide collaborative focused on climate change.
Candidates are expected to have:
A master's degree with a thesis or equivalent research experience in a relevant field (e.g., JD - Siders has a JD and encourages students on this path)
Excellent writing and communication skills in English
Deep intrinsic motivation to conduct rigorous scientific research on climate adaptation and/or flood management
Demonstrated familiarity with social science methods (e.g., interviews, content analysis, legal studies, process tracing, spatial analyses) is an asset
Read Dr. Siders' advising expectations document
Option 1: Interested candidates may apply directly to any of the doctoral programs listed above -- Disaster Science and Management, Public Policy and Administration, Energy and Environmental Policy (all in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration), or Geography (in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment). The priority application deadline is December 15th. If you choose to apply without contacting Dr. Siders first, please email siders[at]udel.edu with the subject "COPE PhD Application Submitted" and tell me which program you applied to so I am sure to review your materials and provide input to the appropriate admissions committee.
Option 2: Interested candidates may contact Dr. Siders before applying to one of the doctoral programs above. This is encouraged. All candidates will eventually be required to apply to one of the programs, as final admission decisions are made by admissions committees. Candidates interested in speaking with Dr. Siders before applying should please send the following materials as a single PDF with the subject line "COPE PhD Application" to siders[at]udel.edu no later than November 15th (and sooner is better):
a cover letter that describes your research interests, why you are pursuing a PhD, your research experience, any leadership experience, and a description of a time that you needed to learn something new (outside of class) and how you approached that
CV / resume
names and email addresses of two possible references (you will need 3 letters for your formal application to UD, but for the initial conversation, I just need names and contact information)
I will do my best to respond to every email I receive. However, due to the volume of applications, I may not respond in every case. Please note the discipline of this project (and consider applying to another CHEER position as listed above if you are interested in engineering or flood modeling) and the requirement for applicants to hold a master's degree or be in the process of earning a master's degree or equivalent (i.e., the degree must be completed before starting at UD).