Position: Graduate Research Assistant

Background:
The Arctic is undergoing rapid socio-environmental change that has led to shifting distributions of walrus hunting locations in the Bering Sea. There is increasing interest among Bering Strait hunters in understanding sea ice, reducing risks, using Indigenous knowledge and western science in decision support, and supporting knowledge sharing across communities. There is also a desire to improve National Weather Service (NWS) models using local observations.

Project Description:
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is seeking an energetic graduate student enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The person will evaluate the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) – a web-based resource designed to support (1) Alaska Native communities and other stakeholders interested in sea ice and walruses in northwest Alaska and (2) and National Weather Service (NWS) sea ice forecasts via feedback from community observers. The purpose of the research is to understand barriers to information access and use, the extent that SIWO observations supported NWS operations, and how improvements may be made to further support coastal resilience. The evaluation will be conducted in partnership with Alaska Sea Grant, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Eskimo Walrus Commission, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and analyze data from interviews with SIWO users and developers
  • Conduct and analyze data from a web-based questionnaire
  • Review other available information on sea ice and impacts to subsistence walrus hunting
  • Travel to northwest Alaska

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social science, natural resources, physical science, or relevant related
  • knowledge and experience
  • Familiarity with climate-related impacts in Alaska
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information and research results
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary research methods, analytical procedures, and climate change,
  • impacts and adaptation in Alaska and the Arctic
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing
  • Strong analytical skills, including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data

Project Timeline: 2 years of anticipated funding.

Application Process:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references to:
Nathan Kettle (). Please contact Nathan Kettle if you have any questions (, 907-474-5574).
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

ACCAP is grant funded since 2006 by NOAA and is one of eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Programs nation-wide. ACCAP’s mission is to improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate. We conduct research and work closely with scientists and stakeholders to make science relevant and applicable to policy and decision-making in Alaska. ACCAP is housed within the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/.