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Job Posting

Position Title:                           Researcher in Residence, Wildfire and Carbon

Location:                                  University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

FTE:                                         Four-year term, full-time

Salary:                                      Commensurate with qualifications

Start Date:                                1 April 2020 (preferred, but negotiable)

Application Deadline:               28 February 2020


The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) new Researcher in Residence position offers an exceptional opportunity to be at the nexus of climate solutions research and engagement focusing on the impact of wildfire on the forest carbon balance and the development of intervention strategies to minimize wildfire impacts while also supporting the development of British Columbia’s bioeconomy. 

The project “Contributing to climate change solutions through wildfire emission reductions and a forest-based bio-economy (Wildfire and Carbon)” will investigate climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions that identify and enhance synergies between reducing emissions from wildfires and strengthening British Columbia’s forest-based bio-economy. Direct emissions from wildfires in British Columbia in each of 2017 and 2018 were more than three time those of all other sectors in BC combined. Reducing future wildfire emissions and enhancing sinks through forest regeneration and management after wildfire can generate biomass that supports the development of BC’s forest sector based bio-economy.

Reporting to the Executive Director of PICS, the Researcher in Residence will be an active contributor to the Wildfire and Carbon project by supporting the Principal Investigator and project team to ensure project objectives are met in a timely manner as well as nurturing new research in related areas. An important element of the position is mobilizing knowledge between researchers and decision-makers to maximize the utility of climate solutions developed under the Wildfire and Carbon project, and more broadly, under PICS’ Research Engagement Program. The Researcher will also work to attract new partners, and link new opportunities with PICS research teams.  

This is a four-year, non-renewable full-time contract position. This is one of three positions that will focus on different climate change solutions areas in the Researcher in Residence program. The position is based at the University of Victoria.


  • Facilitate and establish strong engagement between climate solution decision-makers and the research community.
  • Lead the development of publishable survey or synthesis reports related to the wildfire and carbon theme that will serve the broader academic community.
  • Provide overall program management in support of the Principal Investigator.
  • Become a go-to person on climate solutions for wildfire and carbon in British Columbia so that external partners can rely on PICS to provide relevant information when needed, or as the initial point of contact, identify and provide a link to other experts who can provide such information.
  • Search, synthesize and assess scientific literature relevant to research questions of the project.
  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts based on the results of the project.
  • Assist with the management of PICS research and student engagement programs.
  • In collaboration with PICS, UBC and UVic communications and program management teams prepare and deliver effective communications products including social media campaigns, public-facing talks, seminars, workshops and other communications to maximize impact of research results.
  • Participate in relevant workshops, conferences, industry organizations, standards councils, government solicitations etc. relevant to the issue of wildfire and carbon. Provide briefings to researchers and partners.
  • Assist in hiring and mentoring additional PICS Researchers in Residence for other Theme Partnership topics.


  • PhD (preferred) or Master’s Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in forestry, natural resource management, relevant biological or physical science, or engineering.
  • Knowledge of carbon cycle science, forest dynamics and wildfire disturbances.
  • Expertise in quantifying wildfire risk at the stand and landscape level, and expertise in modelling carbon dynamics would all be strong assets.
  • Strong analytic capability.
  • Experience working at the interface between science and policy.
  • Dynamic, people and results-oriented with a passion for implementing climate change solutions.
  • Ability to communicate complex issues involving risks and probabilities of stochastic events to broad audiences both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • Ability to initiate and execute plans to ensure smooth financial operations of research activities within multi-partner projects.
  • Ability to travel (generally 1-3 days/trip) within BC, but also Canada and internationally, as needed.

To Apply: please send a CV and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to picstheme@uvic.ca  by 28 February 2020. In your cover letter, please concisely describe your experience in science policy, and any expertise in wildfire and/or carbon modeling.