Search for Gund Institute Research Professor

Position: The Gund Institute at The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Assistant Professor in Economics, Behavior, and Sustainability beginning Fall 2014. We will hire a creative individual with expertise in connecting economics and human behavior to issues of environment and global change.  The institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems.  The Research Professor will strengthen our focal areas: ecosystem services; ecological economics; food systems; and sustainable landscapes and seascapes.  Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek a scientist interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

The position is a nine-month faculty appointment with full salary support for an expected three-year term. It is one of six non-tenure track Research Faculty positions within the Gund Institute, offering early-career scientists an opportunity to develop a research program in productive collaboration with faculty and students at UVM and elsewhere. Extending the appointment is possible based on external funding.

Responsibilities: We expect the successful candidate to develop a widely recognized research program and to forge collaborations with faculty and students associated with the Institute.  Responsibilities also include teaching one course per year, and engaging actively with the Gund Institute community.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in economics, natural resources, or a related field. Substantial post-doctoral experience is preferred.  Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, experience with economic research in field settings, expertise in behavioral tools and approaches, a strong record of publications and scholarly activities, and a commitment to using research to inform policy and conservation.

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to www.uvmjobs.com (posting # 0041225).  Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2014 and we anticipate a start date of September 2014.  Inquiries may be made to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at taylor.ricketts@uvm.edu.  The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and teaching.  Applicants must describe in their cover letter how they will further this goal.

Setting: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain.  The Gund Institute is administered by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Research Faculty are appointed officially at the Rubenstein School.  The institute has a new Director and substantial new resources, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape its future.  UVM also has launched several campus-wide research initiatives, including those focused on complex systems, food systems, climate change, and smartgrids & behavior.