CIRES and INSTAAR are seeking a motivated scientist who wants to focus their energy on supporting inclusion, belonging, and career development of students, postdocs, and community members involved in polar research. The PSECCO director will work to understand and connect with existing organizations focused on polar early career scientist development and belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI) initiatives, and create a community office that provides practical support for activities led by early career scientists, including through grants, communication, meeting logistics, and website support. The successful candidate will be supported by a team of polar, education, network professionals, and a steering committee, and will have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the community office.

Key components of the role will include community building and engagement, organizing workshops and training events for early career scientists and community members, managing a BAJEDI micro-grant award program, and representing the office at conferences. The director will be a self-motivated individual with experience in polar science and a commitment to values of inclusion, accessibility, and diversity. The director is encouraged to publish, present PESCCO work at conferences, and apply for further funding opportunities. The position is currently funded for three years.

Required qualifications include:

  • Graduate degree related to polar science (any subject area, field work not required);
  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, creating a culture of inclusion and support for early career scientists in the polar sciences; and
  • Excellent writing, communication, and time management skills.

Desired experience/skills include:

  • Prior experience with/participation in polar organizations and networks, for instance (but not limited to) the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), Polar Impact Network, UArctic, and/or the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC);
  • Prior experience with/participation in professional development for students and/or early career scientists;
  • Leadership experience (widely defined, including volunteer roles in student organizations);
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workplace, multilingual skills are highly valued;
  • Self-motivation, independence, and a commitment to ongoing personal professional development; and
  • Willingness to listen, learn, create, and adapt to serve the needs of the community.

Applications must include:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position; and
  • List of contact information for three references who may be contacted on your behalf.

Application deadline: 29 November 2021 for full consideration, but position will remain open until filled

For more information, go to:
Full Position Announcement

For questions, contact:
Rebecca (Bec) Batchelor
Phone: 303-735-7734