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Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University: Job Openings Fall 2018

The Tufts University Global Development And Environment Institute has multiple part time and full time job openings for Fall of 2018:

Researcher, Theory & Education Program, Global Development And Environment Institute
GDAE seeks to hire several economists interested in developing teaching materials. The positions will initially be focused on research – updating some of our existing teaching modules and on writing new ones. Future work will include the possibility of contributing to new editions of our textbooks, as well as the possible development of materials for upper level courses.

The start date (sometime in Fall 2018) and hours (full or part-time) are flexible. Pay is competitive. Working from a distance is possible, but preference will be given to applicants who can be physically present at Tufts fairly often. Teaching experience is desirable.
See additional details, qualifications and application instructions.

Researcher, Applied Economics Clinic
The Researcher will be working with the Applied Economics Clinic. Qualifications include (1) strong technical and quantitative skills, (2) a strong desire to learn new models and data techniques, and (3) enthusiasm for working on issues related to energy, environment, equity and other consumer rights.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary is very competitive. The position will begin in July or August 2018. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until a suitable applicant is found, or until June 30, 2018.
See additional details, qualifications and application instructions.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Insurance Value of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Lund University: Center for Environmental and Climate Research, Sweden

Closing date: 9 April 2018

For information and application visit https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:197971/

ABOUT US

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Center for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC (http://www.cec.lu.se) conducts research, education, and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University. A central part of the activities is the coordination of the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate, BECC (http://www.becc.lu.se), based on interdisciplinary collaboration between more than 200 researchers and doctoral students at universities in Lund and Gothenburg. BECC brings together natural and social science research to increase knowledge about the direct and indirect effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services and how this knowledge can contribute to sustainable ecosystem management.

JOB DESCRIPTION

You will be part of the multidisciplinary research project ”Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as Insurance against risks of Future Weather Variability (BioInsure)”, and collaborate with scientists from agricultural and environmental economics, ecology, and soil, agricultural and climate sciences. You will be stationed at CEC.

Climate change has been heralded as presenting agriculture with opportunities, particularly a longer growing season, new crops and higher yields. However, the risks associated with crop production will increase if the weather (e.g., daily rainfall and temperatures) becomes more variable because it could bring about more frequent dry or wet conditions, as well as more intense weather events. Conserving soil biodiversity (natural capital) and associated supporting ecosystem services (ES) can though provide farmers and society in general with insurance against future risks.

DUTIES

The overriding aim of this research is to evaluate the implications of climate scenarios that explicitly consider weather variability, for the optimal management of natural capital. This will be done using multiple methods: a) estimating statistical crop production functions that include weather variables and indicators of natural capital from long-term experimental data; b) developing climate scenarios including weather variability; c) Optimizing natural capital using dynamic programming; and d) Evaluating the insurance value, implicitly associated with the conservation of natural capital, using real-option pricing techniques. The project will be based on existing data and modelling frameworks. We will focus on statistical and analytical modelling to develop fundamental knowledge of climate risks as related to natural capital. We expect to demonstrate that natural capital provides insurance against the risks of climate change by buffering yield effects of adverse weather events and reducing reliance on costly inputs, as well as providing guidance to policymakers.

To develop statistical models of crop production, climate scenarios, dynamic programming models and real-options techniques you will collaborate with experts in these fields who are engaged in the project.

Your main duty will be to carry out research in an active research environment including several postdocs, Ph.D. students, and thesis students investigating research questions in similar themes, with generous opportunity for collaborative work. You are also expected to actively participate in the BECC environment, by e.g. participating, initiating and contributing to seminars, workshops, and thematic research meetings. The postdoc may also participate in teaching on a limited basis.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in environmental or agricultural economics, ecology, physical geography, environmental, agricultural or forestry sciences or similar. Candidates with a Ph.D. in other sciences (e.g. statistics, mathematics or strong quantitative interdisciplinary field) and with documented skills in one of the disciplines listed above may also qualify.
  • Strong quantitative skills, e.g., statistical estimation or modelling, mathematical modelling, mathematical programming (optimization), or the like.
  • The applicant needs to be able to pursue independent research and participate in interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • The candidate must be excellent in spoken and written English.

Apply at: https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:197971/

 

 

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, LEADERSHIP FOR THE ECOZOIC, MCGILL UNIVERSITY

The Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) partnership at McGill University is recruiting for at least one research associate to pursue research designed to enable a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship. We are seeking exceptional early to mid-career scholars committed to rethinking prescientific and non-adaptive thought systems
such as economics and finance, law and governance, and ethics and ontology.
About the Position:
This person or persons will work closely with the McGill project director, Peter G. Brown and project manager, Dina Spigelski, in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. We expect the research associate(s) to develop additional collaborations with McGill and University of Vermont faculty and students as
well as with L4E’s wide network of external colleagues; and to participate in L4E activities such as student-led courses, retreats, meetings and workshops, development of a global campus, etc.
We offer two years of an annual salary of a minimum of 70,000 CDN plus benefits. A limited fund will be available to support research costs and travel. Expected start date is spring 2018.
About the Leadership for the Ecozoic Partnership:
The Ecozoic represents a vision for the future founded on mutually enhancing relationships between human societies and the global community of life. Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) is a global partnership initially based at McGill University and the University of Vermont to work toward that vision by: (1) advancing transdisciplinary scholarship in select doctoral programs to educate and empower new leaders for the Ecozoic; (2) co-creating a
global research-to-action network to heal and restore Earth’s life support systems; and (3) mobilizing and focusing higher education resources and communication on multi-faceted, human-induced, planetary disturbances.
L4E builds upon the success of Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A), a graduate research and training partnership that currently includes 25 institutions, 80 collaborators, and about 40 graduate student fellows. This next phase will continue to support joint courses, lectures, research projects, and service on doctoral committees as we work towards establishing a “global campus” that brings together an expanded community to envision, educate, and implement new and existing pathways towards the Ecozoic. The transition will include increased focus on implementing, communicating and advocating for paradigm shift outcomes through internships, action-research projects, active long-term partnerships and strategic communications. For more information click here.
Eligibility and Application:
Candidates must have completed a PhD and have demonstrated scholarship in their area. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural and social sciences, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to action, and have shown great leadership and vision. Applications will be evaluated on academic merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant and fit with L4E research themes. Women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic
backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter, CV and research proposal to dina.spigelski@mcgill.ca by March 15 st 5 pm EST; the position will remain open until it is filled.
About McGill University:
McGill University is a research and teaching university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. McGill’s main campus is located at Mount Royal in downtown Montreal, with the second campus situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, where the principal offices of the L4E project are located.
“Ecozoic” is a term for an era coined by Thomas Berry. He explained it as, “The comprehensive objective of the Ecozoic is to assist in establishing a mutually enhancing human presence upon the Earth. This cannot, obviously, be achieved immediately. But if this is not achieved in some manner or within some acceptable limits the human will continue to exist in a progressively degraded mode of being. The degradation both to ourselves and to the planet is the immediate evil that we are dealing with. The enhancement or the degradation will be a shared experience. We have a common destiny. Not simply a common human destiny, but a common destiny for all the components of the planetary community.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 251). He stated, “The universities must decide whether they will continue training persons for temporary survival in the declining Cenozoic Era or whether they will begin educating students for the emerging Ecozoic.” (Thomas Berry, “The University,” in The Great Work, 85).

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, LEADERSHIP FOR THE ECOZOIC, MCGILL UNIVERSITY

The Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) partnership at McGill University is recruiting for at least one postdoctoral researcher to pursue research designed to enable a mutually enhancing human-Earth  relationship. We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to this objective.
About the Position:
This person or persons will work closely with the McGill project director, Peter G. Brown and project manager, Dina Spigelski, in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. We expect the Postdoctoral researcher(s) to develop additional collaborations with McGill and UVM scholars and students as well as with L4E’s wide network of external colleagues; and to participate in L4E activities such as student-led courses, retreats,
meetings and workshops.
We offer two years of an annual salary of minimum of 33,500 CDN plus benefits. A limited fund will be available to support research costs and travel. Expected start date is early spring 2018.
About the Leadership for the Ecozoic Partnership:
The Ecozoic represents a vision for the future founded on mutually enhancing relationships between human societies and the global community of life. Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) is a global partnership initially based at McGill University and the University of Vermont to work toward that vision by: (1) advancing transdisciplinary scholarship in select doctoral programs to educate and empower new leaders for the Ecozoic; (2) co-creating a
global research-to-action network to heal and restore Earth’s life support systems; and (3) mobilizing and focusing higher education resources and communication on multi-faceted, human-induced, planetary disturbances.
L4E builds upon the success of Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A), a graduate research and training partnership that currently includes 25 institutions, 80 collaborators, and about 40 graduate student fellows. This next phase will continue to support joint courses, lectures, research projects, and service on doctoral committees as we work towards establishing a “global campus” that brings together an expanded community to envision, educate, and implement new and existing pathways towards the Ecozoic. The transition will include increased focus on implementing, communicating and advocating for paradigm shift outcomes through internships, action-research projects, active long-term partnerships and strategic communications. For more information click here.
Eligibility and Application:
Candidates must have completed a PhD within 5 years of the start date. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural and social sciences, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to action, and high potential to become a global leader in the Ecozoic.
Applications will be evaluated on academic merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant and fit with L4E research themes. Women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter, CV and research proposal to dina.spigelski@mcgill.ca by
March 1 st , 5 pm EST; the position will remain open until it is filled.
About McGill University:
McGill University is a research and teaching university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. McGill’s main campus is located at Mount Royal in downtown Montreal, with the second campus situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, where the principal offices of the L4E project are located.
“Ecozoic” is a term for an era coined by Thomas Berry. He explained it as, “The comprehensive objective of the Ecozoic is to assist in establishing a mutually enhancing human presence upon the Earth. This cannot, obviously, be achieved immediately. But if this is not achieved in some manner or within some acceptable limits the human will continue to exist in a progressively degraded mode of being. The degradation both to ourselves and to the planet is the immediate evil that we are dealing with. The enhancement or the degradation will be a shared experience. We have a common destiny. Not simply a common human destiny, but a common destiny for all the components of the planetary community.” (Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story, 251). He stated, “The universities must decide whether they will continue training persons for temporary survival in the declining Cenozoic Era or whether they will begin educating students for the emerging Ecozoic.” (Thomas Berry, “The University,” in The Great Work, 85).

Professor in Environmental /Ecological Economics 959077

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a position as full professor in environmental and/or ecological economics. The position is to be filled by October 1, 2018, or as soon as possible, subject to negotiation. For the right candidate, the faculty will be able to provide a start package to ease the transfer of a research group.

The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted related to some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 140 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at http://www.envs.au.dk/en/. The department is co-located at Risø Campus with part of Department of Bioscience in Roskilde 35 kilometers west of Copenhagen.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Environmental Social Science research unit. The unit employs approximately 20 staff, focusing on interdisciplinary analysis of the interlinkages between the environment and society from political science, economics and sociology perspectives. The strategic foci of the unit include environmental policy development, regulation, and instruments, understanding of actions and actors in policy formulation and implementation, spatial integrated modelling as well as policies and economics of ecosystem services. The results from the research are used for dissemination to the research community, in advisory services to decision-makers as well as for teaching.

Description of the position
The selected candidate is expected to:

  • Take a leading role in further development of the externally funded environmental economic research
  • Develop and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the department, and bridge with other departments at the university, as well as relevant national and international research communities
  • Take part in advisory activities of relevant regulatory authorities (national and EU) and private organizations, as lead and/or in a team with other researchers
  • Take a leading role in talent development within environmental economic by supervising graduate (Master and PhD level) students and post docs
  • Take part in the development of a new teaching programme in environmental social science, as well as other teaching programmes and courses

Qualification requirements
The position requires experience within the field of applied environmental economics. The ideal candidate has experience in integrating social sciences as well as linking social and natural science approaches is skilled performing quantitative analyses and has a proven ability to develop methodological and/or theoretical approaches in relation to environmental economic analyses.  Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have strong international networks and capabilities of building networks at international and national level.

Applicants should have several years of highly productive post-graduate research after completed PhD, and strong publication experience. A significant track record of successful external research funding, as well as a significant publication record in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals are required.  Publications with high-level publishers (according to BFI (The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator) of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) are also recognized.

A demonstrated research leadership and ability to attract large research projects and to successfully supervise PhD students and Master theses /Bachelor projects is required. Experience in conducting consultancy/advisory projects and/or developing and delivering high-quality undergraduate/graduate teaching is desirable.
The successful applicant must have proven extensive international research collaboration (e.g. joint papers and proposals) and have an ability to provide inspiration and guidance for colleagues. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The position, therefore, requires a highly motivated scientist who is comfortable working in teams.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an expert panel according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde (www.roskilde.dk) is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at www.workindenmark.dk. AU International Center offers a full range of services to make the transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (http://www.au.dk/en/internationalcentre/ias/), and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

Other information
English is the working language at the department for many of the researchers. However, to be able to participate in administrative/social activities, it is desirable that international employees are able to communicate in Danish. Foreign candidates (and their partners) are offered Danish courses.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor and Head of Department Carsten Suhr Jacobsen (csj@envs.au.dk; +45 85178501) or Head of Section Berit Hasler (bh@envs.au.dk; +45 87158637).

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in theMemorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish). 

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

The application must be in written in English. Guidelines for filing the application may be found here. The application should contain a short letter of intent, a 2-3 page description of research expertise and future research plans.

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Aarhus Universitet er et fagligt bredt og forskningsintensivt universitet med høj kvalitet i uddannelse og forskning, og et stærkt engagement i samfundsudviklingen nationalt og globalt. Universitetet tilbyder et inspirerende uddannelses- og forskningsmiljø for 40.000 studerende og 8.000 medarbejdere med et årligt budget på 6,4 mia. kr. Læs mere på www.au.dk.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, GUND INSTITUTE, THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting Postdoctoral Associates for Fall 2018 to conduct research on major global environmental challenges.  We seek exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to real-world issues in environment and sustainability.

About the position:

Postdocs are expected to pursue rigorous, original research that spans traditional disciplines and contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute at UVM as their advisor or co-advisor.  Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with other UVM scholars, and to participate actively in seminars, trainings, gatherings, and other events hosted by the institute.

These are two-year positions, given satisfactory progress in the first year. We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is September 1, 2018.

About the Gund Institute:

The Gund Institute is a newly expanded campus-wide center for interdisciplinary research, where more than 100 faculty, global affiliates, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among natural, social, and economic systems. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we pursue projects that both advance research frontiers and address concrete environmental issues.

Eligibility and application:

Candidates must have completed their PhD by the expected start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in their PhD program, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy and decisions, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.

If interested, first contact potential advisors from among the Gund Fellows to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with potential advisors. Submit an online application by March 15, 2018, including a cover letter, CV, and research proposal.

Applications also require a letter of support from a proposed advisor. These should be emailed directly to Jeannine.Valcour@uvm.edu by the applicant’s proposed advisor by March 15. Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.

About the University of Vermont:

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Read/share this posting online: http://go.uvm.edu/postdocs

SEED (Univ. Waterloo) Faculty Position

The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise that combines business and environment. Candidates for Assistant Professor should have a completed Ph.D. by the commencement of employment, and should demonstrate the potential for high-quality research and teaching. The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $115,000 per annum.

Individuals with degrees in business, economics, economic geography, planning, entrepreneurship or public policy are encouraged to apply. Preferred candidates will have research expertise and/or teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: sustainability management, innovation, international business, sustainable operations, and qualitative and quantitative methods. The position will support teaching and research activities in SEED’s environment and business, economic development and innovation, international development, and sustainability management programs.

Applications will be accepted until February 16th, 2018 with interviews commencing in March 2018. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2018. Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed curriculum vita, a statement explaining how their abilities and interests relate to SEED with regard to research and teaching, as well as the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three referees. Please send an application package to: Marion Brown, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1, or submit electronically to ma4brown@uwaterloo.ca

Located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, one-hour west of Toronto and serving over 35,000 full- and part-time students, the University of Waterloo (UW) is among Canada’s finest universities. For 26 straight years, UW has been ranked as the most innovative university in the country, and for 18 of those 22 years, educational leaders have ranked it Canada’s best university overall. UW stands out among its peers not only for its strong research profile and innovative approaches to education, but also for its uniquely positive and enterprising relationships with business and the world of practice. Waterloo has been ranked one of the best places in the world for start-ups, which is why start-ups like FleetCarma have chosen to call Waterloo Region home. The Region also boasts of hundreds of technology-driven enterprises, including offices of OpenText, Square, and Google.

Founded in 2009, SEED, located in the biggest Faculty of Environment in Canada, has quickly established itself as a recognized leader in integrated approaches for sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, social and development challenges. SEED offers comprehensive and highly inter-disciplinary professional programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in sustainable business and development, with degrees in environment and business, sustainability management, international development, and local economic development. SEED offers two undergraduate programs (Environment & Business, International Development) and four graduate programs (Environment & Business, Sustainability Management, Economic Development and Innovation, and Development Practice). SEED has a current enrolment of approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is experiencing further growth. The School is adding faculty members, developing new programs and growing research capacities. SEED is located in a 57,000 sq. ft. LEED© Platinum building with classrooms, student space and offices. For details about the school and its programs please visit: http://seed.uwaterloo.ca.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­“Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

Utah State University
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Department of Environment and Society

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an endowed, tenure-track faculty position in Ecosystem Services at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a permanent, full-time (nine-month) appointment based at the USU main campus in Logan.  The position is weighted as 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% service.  The start date is August 1, 2018. The title of the position will change to the Andrew J. Senti Endowed Chair of Ecosystem Services when promotion and tenure to Associate Professor is achieved.

Position Summary:  We seek an innovative, inter-disciplinary scholar with a strong background in human-environment interactions who has interest in policy-relevant work concerning ecosystem services in both managed and natural settings.  Important research applications could include public land management, water systems management, agroecosystem assessments, or sustainable urban development.  A focus on dynamic natural-resource issues relevant to Utah and the Intermountain West is a priority.  Cultural ecosystem services could also be a vital aspect of research given the diverse attributes of outdoor recreation in public spaces.  Other relevant fields for intellectual integration include political ecology and ecological economics.  Analytical tools such as geospatial analysis and systems modeling would be very useful for the types of broad-scaled inquiry that are envisioned.  Successful research program development will also involve recruiting, supporting, and training graduate students.  Teaching will include up to three courses per academic year with  undergraduate and graduate instructional assignments.  Topics may include environmental and natural resource policy, land use, or other offerings within the faculty member’s area of expertise.  Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in blended formats.  The service component includes participation in professional endeavors on and off campus.  This includes involvement in university governance or supervisory committee assignments and providing assistance to scholarly societies or natural-resource management and policy entities.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in a field relevant to ecosystem services.  They should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding.  Because large-scale research involves interdisciplinary teams, candidates must have the ability and willingness to collaborate effectively, and sometimes lead, on projects involving a diverse array of scholars.  In addition, applied research requires collaboration with governmental and non-governmental groups off campus.  Excellent skills in communication, mentoring, teamwork, problem-solving, and collaborative leadership are required for success.

Preferred Qualifications: The following attributes are not required but are advantageous: postdoctoral research experience; experience conducting relevant work in arid or semi-arid environments; experience working with interdisciplinary research teams; genuine interest in natural-resource management challenges of the Intermountain West; prior teaching experience; and the ability and willingness to offer instruction via distance-education methods.
Utah State University Highlights: USU is a public Land- and Space-grant research, teaching, and Extension institution founded in 1888 (https://www.usu.edu/). The Department of Environment and Society in the Quinney College of Natural Resources conducts research and offers degrees in fields that include ecology, environmental studies, geography, sustainable systems, and recreation resources management (https://qcnr.usu.edu/envs/). Many  opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department, College, and University.

USU has an enrollment of 28,000 that includes 3,280 graduate students.  About 17,900 students are at the main campus in Logan.  Logan offers the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone; the local population is around 115,000 ( http://www.loganutah.org/).  Logan is a 90-minute drive north of Salt Lake City.  Positioned within the scenic mountain landscapes of northern Utah, the region offers many outdoor activities (e.g., biking, hiking, camping, fishing, snow sports) within a few minutes of campus.  Cache Valley is also within a day’s drive of eight national parks, numerous national monuments and state parks, and vast expanses of publicly owned rangeland and forest. USU is classified as a Carnegie research university having high research activity.  Sponsored research awards for USU during 2016 exceeded $240 million with an upward trend, placing it at or near the top of comparisons with peer institutions.  USU has heavily invested in programs to mentor and support junior faculty in grantsmanship and teaching arenas (http://rgs.usu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Faculty-Senate-Report-2016.pdf).

USU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) employer, dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits.

Candidates should apply at: https://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=2712.

12-month Postdoc Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University is looking to fill a 12-month postdoctoral position (to be extended to 18 month based on contingent funding). The successful applicant will be dedicated to mixed-methods analysis, publishing, and outreach related to an interdisciplinary research project investigating and modelling the socioecological and economic benefits of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the flagship restoration federal program for the U.S. Great Lakes. The project is supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation, and pursued in collaboration with partners at the University of Michigan, and the Great Lakes Commission. In addition to this main role, the post offers the opportunity to work on the applicant’s research, developing her/his own research agenda in the transdisciplinary, and active research environment of both the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and the Institute for Great Lakes Research, the premiere research Institute for research on the U.S. Great Lakes.

For a detailed description of the post, please see: https://www.jobs.cmich.edu/postings/26618

W3-Professorship ‘Biodiversity Economics’

Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University, Germany, offers the following position at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science:
W3-Professorship ‘Biodiversity Economics’
Application deadline: 15 October 2017

Integrative biodiversity research is interdisciplinary at heart, bridging different disciplines like biology, ecology, forestry, agriculture, economics, and social sciences. In contrast to classical ecology, it recognizes ecosystems as complex socio-ecological systems where humans impact on as well as manage and obtain benefits from biodiversity. This requires a transdisciplinary program linking scientists to practitioners and decision-makers. The importance of engaging different disciplines in biodiversity assessments is increasingly recognized, and thus, it is also reflected in the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In particular, economics has been providing important contributions in fields such as ecological-economic modeling, valuation of biodiversity, financial mechanisms to conserve biodiversity, policy instruments and governance of biodiversity management, among others. At the same time, evolutionary economists have started to adopt and develop theory on fundamental ecological and evolutionary concepts that are common to both economic and biological systems, such as diversity, stability, and facilitation. Further integration of economics and biology to understand the common underpinning of social and ecology systems is emerging as major research frontier, to address not only questions at the interface of both fields, but also to promote cross-fertilization of economics and ecological theory. The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) provides a unique environment to address this research frontier. Therefore, we are opening a professorship in Biodiversity Economics hosted by iDiv and affiliated with the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at Leipzig University.

iDiv is a world-leading institute for integrative biodiversity research. Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in integrative biodiversity research. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change (www.idiv.de).

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