RP04 Job Description:
The Built Environment Characterization (BEC) Group within the Human Dynamics Section invites applications for a Senior R&D Staff position in Human and Environment Interaction. We are seeking scholars with research expertise in (but not limited to) extreme events, climate change, environment and energy justice, policy and societal responses, and risk and resilience modeling.
With increasing population and climate change-induced extreme events, social and natural systems are constantly changing with significant, and potentially radical, impacts on human experience, security, and society. With the availability of big data, from satellites to citizen and urban sensors, we aim to reach new research horizons for analyzing the human-environment interactions and answering questions about environmental and climate justice, human and national security, and risk and resilience of infrastructure. Through this hire, we seek scholars committed to advancing knowledge about interactions of the systems, the impacts of interactions on society, human life and experience, and human dynamics in general. This position will support the programmatic expansion of the Group in risk and resilience modeling, environmental justice, and environmental security.
The BEC Group fosters discovery of complex interactions between social and physical systems and built environments across space and time. Our researchers develop large-scale mission critical data sets, tools, and algorithms to understand and explore the changes in and to the built environment and the implication of such changes on national and human security needs. The Human Dynamics Section develops data, models, and computational approaches utilizing earth observation, measurement, statistics, and digital traces to provide insights into human activities and interactions with the environment. Purpose:
The successful candidate will perform Research and Development activities and provide guidance in establishing a program focusing on human-environment interactions and environmental justice.
Senior R&D Staff bring together multi-disciplinary researchers to (i) pursue scientific leadership in their field, (ii) develop strategies to build world class capability, (iii) nurture ORNL's science culture and mission, and (iv) expand and grow individual excellence and impact in R&D. This position reports to the Group Lead and works closely with the Section Head to implement the group's scientific vision; mentors group members with their career advancement; establishes capabilities to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one's respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated-a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.
The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation's most difficult security challenges and adversaries. Our directorate houses S&T leadership in geospatial science and technology, cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory's exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab, such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing. Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk. Commitment to diversity:
As we strive to become the world's premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce. We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences. Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Initiate, lead, and perform impactful R&D, both as an individual and with teams, through publications, sponsor engagement, successful proposals, technical presentations and technology demonstrations, professional community engagement, and serving as a subject matter expert.
- Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
- Provide relevant input to assist the R&D Group Lead and Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful guidance to staff on regular basis.
- Lead by example by exercising scientific integrity in proposing, performing, and communicating research, and ensuring all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
- Advance the reputation of the group, section, division, and lab through establishing collaborations, professional society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events.
- A Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years of experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years of experience, a B. S. with 15 years of experience.
- Degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Civil/Environment engineering, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Policy, or closely related fields.
- Demonstrated science and technical excellence in the area of human/environment interactions, extreme events, risk and resilience modeling, environmental justice.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated leadership ability and a strong commitment to a creating team environment.
- Excellent and effective written and oral communications skills.
- History of securing funding for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
- Experience working with large spatial and time series data sets, static and dynamic data sets, and satellite imagery.
- Experience in geospatial data science, social theories, multi-method research, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
- Familiarity with software languages like Python and R.
- Experience in geospatial and remote sensing software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, PGSQL, ENVI, ERDAS).
- Demonstrated track record in collaborating with national Laboratories, academic institutions, and research organizations.
- Ability to engage productively and collegially with peers across disciplines.
- Familiarity with research and development programs and priorities of Federal agencies.
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
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