Squamish view of ocean

Stawamus Chief, Squamish, BC. Credit: Spencer Watson from Unsplash.com

PICS Researcher-in-Residence position offers an opportunity to be at the nexus of climate solutions research and engagement focusing on the impact of sea level rise on coastal communities.

In December 2020 PICS announced a major new project that brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers with decision-makers from multiple municipalities and First Nations communities in the South Coast of British Columbia. The four-year project, Coastal Adaptation: Living with Water, will study the impact of sea level rise on this region, and develop solutions across local and regional scales to help coastal communities successfully plan and adapt to uncertain futures. The project will develop effective tools and frameworks to support solutions across shared ecosystems and shorelines, including frameworks for collaboration, integrated policies, design guidelines, and coordinated governance arrangements.

The Researcher-in-Residence will be an active contributor to the project (50%) and PICS operational activities in support of PICS’ mandate to produce leading climate solutions research that is actively used by decision-makers (30%). The Researcher-in-Residence will also advance their own original research and professional career (20%).


  • PhD (preferred) or Master’s Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with relevant specialization in one or more of the following knowledge areas: coastal management; regional and urban planning; adaptation policy and governance; coastal engineering, and; landscape architecture.
  • Knowledge of issues concerning integrated coastal management, resilience planning, nature-based solutions, and sea level rise adaptation.
  • Expertise in community engagement processes, including work with First Nations or other Indigenous communities 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.

Applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2021.

View full details, including information on the application process, here.

Email: picstheme@uvic.ca