Home Ignition Zone Researcher: California

Agency
San Jose State Universisty
Location
San Jose, California
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
21/hr
Start Date
01/04/2022
Last Date to Apply
03/01/2022
Website
https://fireecology.wixsite.com/katewilkin
Description
Seeking MS ecology student for funded interdisciplinary HIZ research: California and the west are in the midst of a wildfire crisis. Catastrophic damages, such as structure loss, are due to residents' fuel mitigation (or lack thereof) in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ). However, few efforts explore the current Californian context. Interdisciplinary approaches, such as exploring the relationship between social and ecological factors, are powerful for informing compliance and barriers to HIZ mitigation. MS ecology students with Dr. Kate Wilkin (https://fireecology.wixsite.com/katewilkin) would be in the Biological Sciences Department’s Ecology and Evolution program, and participate in the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (https://www.sjsu.edu/wildfire/), which was recently awarded a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). WIRC provides potential internal research funding and interdisciplinary collaborations between ecology and social scientists, climatologists, fire weather, fire behavior modeling, combustion engineer, fire behavior monitoring, and remote sensing. Funding: For the interdisciplinary Home Ignition Zone project, 1st year salary available through grants. Additional competitive funding and tuition stipends may be available through Biology Department teaching positions and internal funding available through the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. Total funding is dependent on the project, and students will be trained in internal and external grant writing. Start date: - As technician April/May 2022 - As student on August 2022
Qualifications
Applicants should also email Kate Wilkin (kate.wilkin@sjsu.edu) well in advance, and include some off the items needed for a formal application to SJSU - Your previous experiences with and perspectives about fire. - Your research interests and long-term career goals in a cover letter - CV with software, lab and field methods and equipment, language (especially Spanish), and other skills, and publications and presentations listed - Scores: GRE, GPA - One writing sample (report, published paper, technical report, or class research project) - Funding needs: Do you have a grant in-hand? What are your needs? - Contact information for 3+ references Interested applicants must apply to the graduate school at San Jose State University using their application. Fall 2022 applicants must apply by March 1, 2022.
Contact Person
Kate Wilkin
Contact eMail
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