Our Mission

The University of Utah has created a new, interdisciplinary faculty group focusing on areas of Society, Water, and Climate (SWC). This transformative group connects research on hydrology, air quality, climate change, societal response, and policy, seeking to meld multiple scientific perspectives to lead society towards sustainable water solutions in a changing world.

This interdisciplinary group enhances the University of Utah's core commitment to sustainability, and complement ongoing, related research across departments and colleges on campus.

Climate change, water availability, and air quality are closely linked. The University of Utah administration identified this nexus of research areas as an opportunity for the development of a research group. Further enhancing strengths in this area at the University of Utah will allow us to contribute to solving important issues facing the Western US and many other regions around the world. Filling this gap also means that we will broaden our ability to train undergraduates and graduates to lead society towards sustainable water solutions in a changing world.

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The University of Utah seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work in an area related to society, water, and climate.

Possible research topics will span environment, water, climate, sustainability issues, or climate change education and communication. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of University of Utah mentors, and could be housed in whichever home department is most appropriate. The initial appointment will be one year, with the opportunity of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress. This opportunity represents a collaboration between the Society, Water, and Climate program, the Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC), and the Sustainability Office at the University of Utah.

Please refer to the job posting for more.