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Gund Institute Funded PhD Opportunities

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks up to eight exceptional PhD students to start Fall 2019 and conduct interdisciplinary research on global environmental challenges. Application reviews will start January 18.

The Gund Institute is a newly expanded campus-wide center for interdisciplinary research, where 150 faculty, global affiliates, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. We explore environmental issues at the interface of four pressing research themes: climate solutions, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities.

CURRENT OFFERS:

Gund Institute Research Assistantship: We seek up to three PhD students working on Gund research themes, especially the connections among them. Students will receive up to four years of support at $32,000 per year, plus tuition.

Gund Institute Barrett Assistantship: We seek up to two PhD students for a new opportunity provided by the Gund Institute and UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), supported by the Richard Barrett Foundation. Students will receive up to four years of funding, including an annual stipend of $35,000 and tuition.

Leadership for the Ecozoic: We seek up to three PhD students at UVM to pursue mutually-enhancing human-Earth relationships in a global research-to-action partnership with McGill University. Students receive three years of funding, including an annual stipend of $27,000, plus tuition.

All students receive health insurance. Conference and research funds are also available.

For full details, explore Gund PhD opportunities online (how to apply, qualifications, etc).

The Gund Institute catalyzes environmental research, develops real-world solutions to global issues, and connects UVM with leaders in government, business and beyond. We are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives are active and welcome.

Open-rank faculty position: Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Florida International University

The Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University invites applicants for the open-rank, tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Sustainability. Rank will be determined by experience and accomplishments. Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree and conduct research and teaching in sustainability science or studies. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, world-class, quantitative, interdisciplinary research at the interface of Human and Natural Systems. The Department of Earth and Environment (https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/index.html) is composed of a diverse faculty with research interests in environmental, earth, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences, as well as environmental resource economics, policy, management, and conservation. The Department is committed in our research and teaching to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Sustainability is a complex field spanning the environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek interdisciplinary scientists with a strong background in any of the following fields: systems ecology, urban systems, water resources, bioenvironmental systems, green technologies, resource economics and policy, and/or regional sustainability planning. The ability to evaluate “apparent sustainability” scenarios and plans through quantitative methods and/or modeling is of interest. Principle responsibilities will include establishment of a strong externally funded research program, development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including policy makers and resource managers, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our BA in Sustainability Program. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs, (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminentprograms/) and including the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE), the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Sea Level Solutions Center, the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure, International Center for Tropical Biology, and Extreme Events Institute.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID (516092) at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/and attach a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching philosophies as a single pdf file. The CV and cover letters should provide detailed evidence of a record of extramural funding. The successful candidate will be expected to have an extramurally, well-funded, active research program. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of application. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by November 15, 2018. Review will continue until the position is filled

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.”

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility, FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the WolfsonianFIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

Associate Professor of Economics: University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-system appointment at the level of Associate Professor. Fields are open. We particularly encourage candidates specializing in the Political Economy of Environment, Economics of Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Environmental Movements to apply.
Applicants may be considered for more than one position in the Department. Under exceptional circumstances, candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. Economics faculty members at UMass Amherst work in diverse areas, including the political economy of class, gender, race, environment, and economic development, as well as microeconomics and macroeconomics, from both heterodox and mainstream approaches.

Requirements: A completed Ph.D. in Economics or a related field or comparable training and experience is required. Candidates will be judged on their scholarly research as well as teaching. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Information: The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the major public research universities in the U.S. The university is a member of the Five College consortium along with Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges. 
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Application Instructions:To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, a recent research paper, and, if possible, evidence of teaching effectiveness at http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/495124?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182.
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates may interview at the ASSA meeting (January 2019) and are encouraged to use AEA signaling.

More about the Faculty Hiring Initiative: https://www.umass.edu/economics/faculty-hiring-initiative

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Position: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

The Environmental Studies Program at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning 1 July 2019. 

We seek to hire an individual with interdisciplinary background in environmental studies who can complement our program’s current strengths in natural and social sciences.  Areas of study are open but we are particularly interested in candidates from the environmental humanities.  We anticipate that a candidate will have a disciplinary strength, but likewise that her/his scholarship will be interdisciplinary.  In addition to courses in her/his area of expertise, the new hire will be expected to teach Introduction to Environmental Studies, a 200-level course in Environmental Humanities, and contribute to the co-taught capstone research course in the major/minor curriculum.  The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative teacher-scholar committed to high-quality undergraduate education and student-faculty research.

Qualifications: Terminal degree in field is required (PhD preferred) with relevant graduate coursework, and teaching experience desired.

To apply, visit apply.interfolio.com/51887

When applying to this position online, please submit supporting materials – a letter of application, C.V., copies of graduate transcripts, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence if available.  Completed applications will be accepted until 15 October 2018.

Master Student Opportunity in Ecosystem Services Valuation or Social-Ecological Modeling – UMass Boston

Dr. Mavrommati at the School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston seeks an applicant for a 2-year master or Ph.D. position, starting September 2019.

Potential research topics might include the use of deliberative multicriteria analysis in assessing ecosystem service tradeoffs and social-ecological systems modeling.

The ideal applicant must have an interdisciplinary background that includes a good understanding of environmental and social sciences, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong interest in working across disciplines.

Applicants must meet the minimum criteria for admittance into the School for the Environment Graduate programs.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Mavrommati (Georgia.mavrommati@umb.edu) to discuss their interests and motivation before applying and include in their email a CV and a description of their research interests.

Potential graduate students will be directed to apply to the University of Massachusetts, Boston Graduate Admission program https://www.umb.edu/admissions/grad/apply). The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

Research Assistant Position: Ecosystem Modeling in Honolulu, Hawaii

The deadline has been extended  for a research assistant position with the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) working in collaboration with NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The institute is looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to help with the development of an interdisciplinary spatially explicit ecosystem model for the main Hawaiian Islands. The main objective of the model is to provide guidance in Ecosystem-based Management of the insular ecosystems. The position will focus on social-economic  and ecological interactions between changes in climate, fisheries & coastal management, and human activities, with special attention to the dynamics between ecosystem state, ecosystem services and human well-being. With the model we want to evaluate the effectiveness, in terms of the continued delivery of ecosystem services, of alternative management options under a changing climate.
For more information and to apply please visit the RCUH website: www.rcuh.com/ and click on Job Postings under the “Work” icon. In the key word box, type Social-Ecological Systems Assistant. Deadline to apply has been extended to Aug 9.

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).