Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Change and Health Adaptation Evaluation

University of Washington Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

United States

Post-Doctoral Scholar - Climate Change and Health Adaptation Evaluation

Position Overview

Organization: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Title: Post-Doctoral Scholar - Climate Change and Health Adaptation Evaluation

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health in conjunction with the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) seek an outstanding Post-Doctoral Scholar to assist in a suite of climate and health projects. These projects include an effort to collect information on municipal heat action plans and activities to reduce exposure to extreme heat and an effort to assess the impact of an indigenous climate change health adaptation effort undertaken by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

This work will require a wide range of qualitative skills and provide an opportunity to work on multiple facets of climate change and health adaptation evaluation activity including data collection related to programmatic elements and activities, data linkage to facilitate epidemiological analyses, implementation science framework development and analysis of program implementation, and translation of practice evidence into policy guidance. The work represents a unique opportunity to work across the fields of public health and climate change, with access to leading experts in DEOHS and CHanGE as well as partners in the Climate Impacts Group (CIG), the Program on Climate Change (PCC), and other UW organizations working on climate and health. While the position will be housed under DEOHS, extensive cross-disciplinary interaction is anticipated.

This effort will require an outstanding candidate who can develop and refine surveys, coordinate survey administration, data collection, coding, and analysis of responses; develop qualitative study interview scripts, articulate sampling strategies, and conduct key informant and focus group interviews; and present findings and results to a wide range of scientific and lay audiences. The successful candidate will be ready to apply these skills using a creative, data-driven, team-oriented approach. We are looking for a critical thinker who is comfortable with a wide range of activities, someone who is well organized and adept at working closely with several different teams as well as managing her or his own workflows. 

The successful candidate will receive an academic appointment as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. The position is intended to extend professional training for a candidate who recently received a terminal Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent. Opportunities for continued training are available. The Post-Doctoral Scholar will work directly with Dr. Jeremy Hess and Dr. Nicole Errett of DEOHS and CHanGE, with regular and direct conversations with other faculty and staff.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The UW School of Public Health is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission, and we welcome applications from faculty who have demonstrated research, training and service experience in this area. For more information, please see the following website:


  • PhD or foreign equivalent in public health (e.g. environmental or occupational health sciences, epidemiology), sociology, anthropology, or another relevant field (e.g. economics, demography, urban planning)
  • Strong qualitative and analytical skills, including survey design, implementation, and analysis and design, implementation, coding, and analysis of key informant and focus group interviews
  • Familiarity and comfort with policy analysis
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred but not required: Interest and/or experience with geographic information systems (GIS); statistical analysis and programming in R, State, SAS, or Python; data visualization; manuscript-writing; grant-writing, student mentorship, and project management.


To apply for this position, please submit your application via Interfolio: CV, the names along with contact information of three professional references and a statement of interest outlining your previous research experience and future career goals. Questions can be directed to Dr. Jeremy Hess (

This is a grant- and project-funded, 12-month appointment and is potentially renewable for a second year provided funding availability. Salary will be competitive and based upon candidate qualifications and experience.  Full University benefits are included

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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