We are pleased to announce an ambitious NSF-INFEWS (OCI) program funded initiative, FEWSION. FEWSION is creating a complete and open mesoscale dataset mapping, and vulnerability and resilience science explaining, the evolution of the U.S. Food, Energy, and Water system in response to shocks and stresses. FEWSION is producing complete FEW systems maps, and resource footprints, for every community in the United States. Initial partners include Northern Arizona University (lead), Illinois-UIUC, Penn State, Utah State, Arizona State, The Nature Conservancy, Desert Research Institute, LeHigh, Columbia, UTEP, USGS, and the DOE labs Sandia, Oak Ridge, and National Renewable Energy. We are recruiting partners, collaborators, graduate students, and postdocs, for immediate and Fall 2017 work (listed below, see official ads for details). Contact the FEWSION project with questions or inquiries, at FEWSION@nau.edu.
Faculty Sabbatical, EPSCoR, and Fulbright Fellows
- Junior Faculty from US EPSCoR States are eligible to apply for the Research Fellows program, funding up to 6 months of collaboration at a FEWSION partner institution.
- Fulbright Scholars from non-US countries are invited to study with a FEWSION partner.
- Faculty on Sabbatical are invited to study with a FEWSION partner.
Staff and Student Work Opportunities
Northern Arizona University’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS, http://nau.edu/siccs/) is recruiting Ph.D. students with graduate research fellowships supported by the FEWSION project. Study Food, Water, and Energy Systems resilience in an interdisciplinary Informatics graduate program, alongside the FEWSION project office and scientists, in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona! Allied graduate programs and centers at NAU provide additional collaborative and degree opportunities, including the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss, http://ecoss.nau.edu/) and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES, http://nau.edu/cefns/natsci/seses/). Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Self-funded Professional M.S. students are also welcome. Contact the FEWSION Project Office at FEWSION@nau.edu with inquiries. The final application deadline is in mid-January, but you should inquire and apply immediately for full consideration on fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities. See the SICCS website for more information (http://nau.edu/SICCS/Academics/PhD-INF/).
The FEWSION Project Office at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ), in partnership with the Desert Research Institute (Reno, NV) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) is informally seeking to hire one researcher at the PhD student, Postdoctoral, or Professional rank to lead a nationally scoped PLEXOS modeling study of the U.S. power grid. The duty location and rank have not yet been determined and may be flexible, but the position will likely involve travel to NREL for some period of time. Potentially interested researchers should contact the FEWSION project’s Director, Ben Ruddell, with informal inquiries, at benjamin.ruddell (at) nau.edu. A formal job description may be released in early 2018, and the position will be likely be based out of DRI or NAU; there is no application deadline at this time.
FEWSION is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral position based out of the project office at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona, with temporary duty locations possibly including Reno, NV (DRI) and Tempe, AZ (ASU). The position is open immediately until filled. Candidates should demonstrate strong scientific writing, quantitative analysis, and programming skills. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply; NAU is an AA/EEO/MWDV employer. A background check is required. Direct inquiries to Ben Ruddell at benjamin.ruddell (at) nau.edu. Salary Range: $45,000 – $55,000 (postdoctoral) Depending Upon Qualifications, Job ID: 603514, visit https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Staff-Welcome-Page/
FEWSION is seeking a Data Scientist to take a leadership role on the construction and curation of core FEWSION project datasets, and on their documentation and accessibility via data models and API’s. The position is based out of the FEWSION project office at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. The position is open immediately until filled. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply; NAU is an AA/EEO/MWDV employer. A background check is required. Direct inquiries to Ben Ruddell at benjamin.ruddell (at) nau.edu. Salary Range: $41,000 – $64,000 (grade 52) Depending Upon Qualifications, Job ID: 603516, visit https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Staff-Welcome-Page/
PLACE4FEWS is a citizen science project that is extending FEWSION to map and study local community food, energy, and water critical infrastructures. FEWSION is seeking a Senior Systems Programmer to lead the integration of FEWSION data with critical infrastructure software transportation models, including models developed at the national laboratories. The position is based out of the FEWSION project office at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. The position is open immediately until filled. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply; NAU is an AA/EEO/MWDV employer. A background check is required. Direct inquiries to Ben Ruddell at benjamin.ruddell (at) nau.edu. Salary Range: $69,000-$88,000 (grade 66) Depending Upon Qualifications, Job ID: 603515, visit https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Staff-Welcome-Page/
CUAHSI (www.cuahsi.org) offered a Master Class on Water Sustainability in a Global Economy on May 16-29, 2017 in Flagstaff, Arizona (Link to: https://www.cuahsi.org/education/training/past-trainings-and-workshops/). The class is open to graduate students interested in the FEWSION project’s methods and data. The class is taught by Megan Konar (UIUC) and Ben Ruddell (NAU), along with other participating FEWSION scientists. The course charges a modest fee and requires that students cover travel costs, but some discounts and scholarships may be available for early registrants. The class will probably be offered biannually; send an email inquiry to Ben Ruddell and/or the CUAHSI staff to be placed on the interest list for information about the next offering.
Living and Studying in Flagstaff
- Northern Arizona University is a world class research community for earth science, ecology, climate science, and now informatics, among other disciplines.
- Flagstaff is a top small college town for quality of life.
- Flagstaff has some of the best weather in the U.S., with its southern latitude and 7000’ high elevation.
- Flagstaff has a great ski resort.
- Flagstaff is less than an hour from the world-class outdoor destinations in the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and 2-3 hours from the winter sports and entertainment venues of Phoenix and Las Vegas; both Alpine and Sonoran Desert weather are less than an hour away.
- Flagstaff is a “dark sky city” and a hotspot for astronomy
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