Postdoctoral Research Fellow, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow to support its NSF-funded Climate Matters program. Climate Matters is a highly successful climate change reporting resource program that currently serves 420 TV weathercasters in 120+ American media markets, and is responsible for a six-fold increase in on-air climate reporting by weathercasters over the last three years. Over the next three years, Climate Matters will continue to support TV weathercasters, but will also extend further into the newsroom (TV, radio, print and digital newsrooms) by encouraging and enabling other local journalists to report local climate change stories.
The post-doc will work with the Principal Investigator (Ed Maibach), Co-Investigators (Teresa Myers, Richard Craig), graduate students, and with our partners at Climate Central, American Meteorological Society, Radio & Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and The Kneeland Project to accomplish several aims: to assess journalist's views of climate change and their potential interest in reporting local climate change stories; to advise the Climate Matters development team on modifications to the resource materials that will make them more useful to non-weathercaster local journalists; to evaluate the impact of the program; and to publish important research findings in the academic literature.
The ideal candidate will be a communication scientist – or other social scientist – with a strong background in survey research, in-depth interviewing, journalism, and climate change. Ideally, the candidate will start in mid-August 2017.
An official job position description is currently being prepared and will soon be posted to the Mason job site: https://jobs.gmu.edu. In the meanwhile, potentially interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Ed Maibach with questions about the position and/or expressions of possible interest: email@example.com.