Hiring Graduate Research Assistant Position (PhD student)

Waterloo Climate Institute – Graduate Research Assistant Position (PhD student)

Climate Adaptation Project:

“Building Disaster Resilience Across Supply Chains: A co-produced innovation model for understanding, planning and investing in climate change adaptation.”

Part-time, September 1st, 2024, to April 31st, 2025

The Climate Institute is hiring one interdisciplinary Graduate Research Assistant for the Fall-Winter 2024 term (XX weeks starting September 1st, 2024). The GRA will support the institute’s Government of Canada funded research project carried out in partnership with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies ARISE Canada, and the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. 

The GRA will work on a multi-year project aimed at understanding climate risk across supply chains and building capacities for enhancing adaptation capabilities. This involves the development of tools that integrate risk information from multiple partners and an examination of the organizational and behavioral factors influencing the adoption of climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction practices.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator the student will help plan and coordinate a series of workshops for different stakeholders, support the design of data collection tools and undertake field research for data collection and analysis. 

We are seeking a student with a strong research interest and skills with some experience in previous research projects on climate change, business innovation or sustainability more broadly, and with proven communication and partnership liason skills, experience in organizing workshops and strong writing skills. An interest in interdisciplinary climate change research aligning with work on business and community climate adaptation strategies, capacity building, disaster risk reduction, and governance is highly desirable.

While not essential, it is preferred that the PhD student has completed their comprehensive exams in order to better handle the work and timelines of the project. The student will need to have flexibility in handling evolving project requirements and the ability to adapt to changing research needs. 

Interested UWaterloo PhD students should send a half page cover letter and an up-to-date resume/CV to Thy Huynh by May 24th, 2024. Only students registered for the Fall 2024 term will be eligible. GRAs will be paid according to UWaterloo guidelines, and will work an average of 10 hours per week.

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