Position Description
Professor Alex Greer of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity is looking to hire one PhD Research Assistant to begin in the 2022 Fall semester. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for second year and summer funding, contingent on satisfactory performance.

The student hired will assist with a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project— Collaborative Research: Place Attachment in Mitigation and Recovery: A Mixed Methods Study of Residential Adjustment Following Wildfires. This study focuses on understanding how place attachment influences the decisions people make after disasters, specifically decisions about where they live and whether they invest in measures that reduce their risk to future disasters. The research assistant will work with Professor Alex Greer, the Principal Investigator for this NSF project.

The successful candidate will assist with reviewing literature, data collection, and data analyses. Specifically, the candidate will be expected to contribute by assisting with the following activities: (1) identifying additional literatures from a range of disciplines that address relocation behavior and place attachment; (2) collecting data using photovoice elicitation methods with wildfire survivors in California; (3) analyzing data using NVIVO qualitative analysis software, and (3) developing and delivering presentations, reports, and publications. Ideally, the successful candidate will have demonstrated qualitative methodological skills and a strong interest in natural hazards research. A degree in disaster science, sociology, psychology, public policy, environmental studies, geography, public health, or a related area of study is desired but not required.

Application Process
Please send full applications electronically ASAP. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Screening will begin immediately. The application must include a cover letter in which the applicant describes their experience or interests in hazard/disaster research and this project along with their methodological proficiencies, a current CV, writing sample, contact information for three references (other professors preferred), and unofficial transcripts. Additional letters or other supporting documentation may be requested from the finalists for this position. Top candidates will be interviewed via Zoom if necessary.

Please mail all applications directly to Professor Greer at [email protected].

For more information, please contact Professor Greer at the e-mail provided above.