Summary Description: The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at The Earth Institute requires a Senior Research Scientist to contribute to our fundamental and applied research into the advancement of disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Reporting to the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, this position will oversee numerous research portfolios concerning topics such as children in disasters, crisis decision-making, vulnerable populations, crisis communications, risk management and assessment, bioethical and legal aspects of disaster planning and response, mega disasters planning and disaster response systems effectiveness. The successful candidate is expected to lead efforts related to community and system readiness, recovery, and resiliency, among other topics. This position will serve as the Director of Research for the Center.The National Center for Disaster Preparedness carries out research that helps us prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear accidents, pandemic flu, infectious outbreaks, and terrorist attacks. NCDP's approach combines research, policy work, education, and high level advocacy to ensure that the best thinking, and best practices become part of our national disaster preparedness and recovery methodologies. The Center, therefore, seeks an experienced preparedness professional with an academic background or an established academician with a proven track record in grant-funded academic research and applied research, as well as management experience. S/he will design and conduct research, develop novel and innovative research frameworks, serve as PI and mentor junior faculty.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD or equivalent terminal degree is required. Candidates should have an established track record of innovative, original work in the areas of disaster research, complex systems science, social and behavioral research related to disasters and complex emergencies, or a related field. The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of post-PhD experience in areas referenced above. They will have a strong publication record aligned with aforementioned and the successful candidate must also be capable of carrying major responsibility for the success of a multitude of projects. Excellent communications, organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills are required. Past experience serving as a Principal Investigator or in a similar senior leadership role on multi-year research projects, contracts or awards with emphasis on the above fields.The candidate must be able to apply the guiding principles of federal, state and local policies and practices to all tenets of the Center's mission. Supervisory experience with the ability to advise, direct, and influence staff on all levels is also required.He/she will have subject matter expertise coupled with disaster and emergency-based research and strategic planning experience. Excellent written, presentation and communication skills are necessary. Candidates must be able to demonstrate high-level leadership and a thorough understanding of the scientific and technological issues related to disaster preparedness, resilience, recovery, policy and practice.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to develop Center resources through traditional research bases (e.g. federal agencies, foundations) is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with existing funding to support their efforts.
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