Post-Doc Research Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Jun 2022

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Posting Details

Department ESE - Water Institute - 463002
Posting Open Date 06/27/2022
Application Deadline 06/29/2022
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003504
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications
Proposed Start Date 07/15/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Water Institute at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill seeks to mobilize the knowledge, expertise and resources that exist across UNC to address local and global water challenges. The Institute works at the nexus of research, policy, and practice – using science and evidence to change the way the world works on water. The Institute sits within the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health (GSGPH) the top public school of public health in the United States. This gives the Water Institute a direct connection to some of the world’s leading experts in water chemistry and microbiology, water resources management, environmental engineering, and public health working to address the world’s biggest and most pressing water and health challenges through implementation science, community-based research, evidence-based decision-making, and strategic policy review in more than 60 countries around the world.
Position Summary
The Water Institute at UNC is seeking a talented, energetic, and motivated, post-doctoral researcher to lead mixed-methods research and projects related to assessing the scope, costs, health impacts, and implementation and improvement of essential environmental services (particularly safe drinking water, sanitation, and Hygiene – WaSH) within healthcare facilities, schools, and humanitarian settings – particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This work may include:
* Design, implementation, and evaluation of field research
* Remote and in-person support, training, and/or supervision of field teams on projects
* Data management and analysis, including data from field research as well as secondary datasets
* Preparation of reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts
* Development and teaching of short courses/trainings related to water quality monitoring and analysis and the provision and management of essential environmental services
* Engagement with international organizations and other partners to support the development of normative guidelines for improving WaSH and essential environmental services in HCFs, schools, and humanitarian settings
* Collaboration with researchers, students, staff, and faculty at the Water Institute, in the department of environmental sciences and engineering, and in other departments and centers at UNC and beyond.
Post-doctoral researchers also have opportunities to engage in other areas of Water Institute activity including teaching, knowledge management and networking and communication. All of our work is done with reliability, sustainability, and resilience in mind. The monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and the impacts of climate change, will be integrated in all of our work.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
The candidate will have undertaken studies and been awarded a PhD in public health, water resources management, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidate will have experience relevant to implementation and improvement of WaSH services, mixed methods research including qualitative and implementation science methods, and costing and financial analysis; this experience should be relevant and/or transferrable to institutional WaSH in a variety of settings with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience developing and implementing mixed-methods research tools and protocols.
Ability to organize and lead field teams conducting field research and/or data collection in low-resource settings.
Ability to read, synthesize, and communicate peer-reviewed evidence in environmental engineering and public health literatures, as well as grey literature including government reports, program evaluations, etc.
Ability to effectively communicate and present research results in written and verbal formats.
Working knowledge of models, theories, and frameworks from implementation science and other disciplines relevant to WaSH implementation.
Familiarity with at least one software package suitable for quantitative (e.g. R, STATA, MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, Python, etc.) and qualitative (e.g., NVIVO, Atlas.ti, Dedoose) data analysis.
*Ability to work in office and field settings as needed.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Preferred candidates will have a strong publication record for their career stage, strong oral and written communication skills, a history of successful grant writing, management of field work in low- and middle-income countries, and proven team-working skills. Past experience performing costing analysis and other work around WaSH and other essential environmental services within HCFs, schools, and/or other humanitarian settings would be a plus. Further qualifications and experience may be relevant dependent on project requirements. Strong conceptual and analytical skills in addition to those specified above are also helpful; for example, experience with mWater, Nvivo, and/or Dedoose is desirable. Ability to travel domestically or internationally up to 25% as needed is preferred. Knowledge of one or more UN languages in addition to English (e.g. Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin, etc.) is a plus as well.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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Please indicate in your cover letter how you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.
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