Research Assistant – Extreme Events

Position: Research Assistant (Masters or PhD Student)


Project Description: The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is seeking a highly skilled and energetic graduate student. This person will collaborate with the National Weather Service, City of Nome, and the Nome-based tribes to assess the socioeconomic impacts of extreme weather events in Nome, Alaska. Extreme events may include coastal flooding and erosion, drought and fire, coastal storms, rain-on-snow events, and extreme temperatures. Sources of information will include newspaper reports, publications such as NOAA’s Storm Data, other information from the National Weather Service and, more recently, the Internet. Should opportunities arise for collaboration with other Alaskan communities in this project, the extension beyond Nome could begin as part of this project. Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resumes and a cover letter as described below.



  • Review historical newspaper accounts of extreme events impacts in Nome (Nome Nugget, 1897-present)
  • Review other available information on extreme event impacts in Nome
  • Assess trends and variations of extreme event impacts


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social science, natural resources, physical science, or relevant related fields
  • Familiarity with climate-related impacts in Alaska
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information and research results.
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary research methods, analytical procedures, and climate change, impacts and adaptation in Alaska and the Arctic
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing
  • Strong analytical skills, including collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data


Project Timeline

  • 2 years of anticipated funding.


Application Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references to Tina Buxbaum (  Inquiries should be directed to: Nathan Kettle,, 907-474-5574. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.  The selected applicant will be required to enroll in the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


ACCAP is grant funded since 2006 by NOAA and is one of eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Programs nation-wide.  ACCAP’s mission is to improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate (  We conduct research and work closely with scientists and stakeholders to make science relevant and applicable to policy and decision-making in Alaska. ACCAP is housed within the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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