Opportunities to Work and Study with the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at NAU
Faculty Sabbatical, EPSCoR, and
- 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.
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/).
We seek prospective Ph.D.
students to work with Dr. Nick McKay
and Dr. Ben Ruddell to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. that blends
paleoclimatology and sustainability research. This project focuses on
investigating how modern food, water and
economic infrastructure would cope with severe prehistoric droughts in the
southwest US, which were both more extreme and longer-lived than anything
observed during the past 200 years. Prospective students will be integrated
with both the Paleoclimate Dynamics
Laboratory and the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at NAU, as well as the
larger FEWSION project, which is mapping the interconnectivity between food,
energy and water, and their responses to shocks and stresses, for the United
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/
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/
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.
Courses at NAU
Informatics for Smart and
Sustainable Cities, INF622 at NAU
This course offers a problem-oriented and project-based
curriculum, focused on analytics and data that inform the sustainability,
policies, planning, and management of a modern city. Students will learn to use
data and analysis tools to quantitatively study city resource use, footprints,
productivity, safety, demographics, and development, including GIS applications
and use of databases, sensor data, and the synthesis and fusion of diverse
local, state, and federal datasets. Students will engage with staff from the
City of Flagstaff and NAU’s Facilities and Sustainability offices to learn
about problems and solutions, and to complete projects to help solve current
campus and city problems. This course is relevant to quantitatively-oriented students
of engineering, planning, sustainability, and policy.
INF599: Informatics for Community
Food, Energy, and Water Systems
This course deploys a process originally developed by NAU
researchers under NSF funding (PLACE4FEWS) and later translated into a
curriculum meant for broad use in university classrooms and communities,
offering that curriculum to NAU students for credit. This course engages
students in collecting data on the physical structure and stakeholder networks
of their local critical infrastructure Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) systems in
Flagstaff. Students will network with community leaders and stakeholders,
NGO’s, private sector FEW businesses, utilities, infrastructure planners and
engineers, emergency managers, and volunteers who contribute to the successful
operation of the system. Students will employ field work to construct a
detailed map of the system and contribute to an ongoing annual effort to
quantify Flagstaff’s FEW systems. Training on software and data systems
specialized for FEW supply chains will be delivered. The sustainability,
equity, and security of the system will be studied and measured. Student
projects will employ these relationships and data to study how policy and
action can improve the local FEW system. Graduate students with interests in
sustainability, public policy and leadership, planning,
electrical/environmental/civil engineering, geography, infrastructure,
logistics, business continuity, military science, or emergency management will
benefit the most from this class.
Living and Studying in Flagstaff
- Northern Arizona University is a
world class research community for earth science,
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 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