Postdoc Opportunity: U. of Arizona Institute of the Environment

Position Summary: The University of Arizona Institute of the Environment invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in social dimensions of coupled natural-human systems. This appointment is a part of the initiative connected to the Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS): Forecasting Future Operating Environments interdisciplinary research initiative. 
The BBCS seeks a researcher with primary expertise in environmental social science. We invite applicants from a broad range of disciplinary fields including but not limited to public health, political science, applied economics and geography. Competitive candidates will apply rigorous quantitative methods to understanding challenges and developing new knowledge related to decision-making, governance and environmental resource management. The BBCS is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and post-docs from departments across campus. Successful candidates must have expertise in one or more of the following: i) an ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and create novel synthetic research, ii) expertise environmental governance and institutional analysis, and iii) expertise or interest in an additional targeted research area such as biodiversity, conservation, public health, food systems, or informatics. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with postdoctoral researchers and faculty members across the natural and social sciences. 
The position is linked to a portfolio of existing and newly funded research projects focused on land management, species conservation, food systems and ecosystem services, with opportunities for qualified candidates to contribute to analysis of existing data and publications. We encourage applicants with specialization in any of these specific areas and it is not required to have prior experience in each area. 

About the BBCS:  The BBCS comprises a team of core faculty, steering committee members, and other affiliated researchers that identified several cross-cutting research projects that use biodiversity as a focal point for interdisciplinary investigation in public health, governance, informatics, and security. 
The scientific goal of the BBCS program is to build a more robust and predictive biodiversity and conservation science and to addresses emerging, critical issues in human health and well-being, and in environmental, food, and national security. 
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here. Duties & Responsibilities The candidate will have an individual lead mentor from one of the following BBCS faculty: Liz Baldwin, public policy & governance; Jose Soto, environmental economics; Tom Evans, geography; But the candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with faculty and pos-docs from multiple fields based on strengths and research interests. 
BBCS post-docs are supported with active mentoring by BBCS faculty and access to funds for conference travel, training, and publications. 

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. from a broad range of disciplinary fields including but not limited to public health, political science, applied economics and geography. 

Preferred Qualifications: Preferably, the selected candidate will be highly motivated, have strong communication skills, and seek to both take a leadership role for specific project components and collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team. 


Posted Rate of Pay: $47,659 Annually 

Posting Number: P20896

 Desired Start Date: 01/13/2020

Contact Information for Candidates: https://bbcs.arizona.edu/faculty-staff

Open Until Filled! Review Begins On: 11/01/2019

Apply at https://uacareers.com/postings/42208

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