Category Archives: Job Postings

Postdoc Opportunity: Michigan State University

Michigan State University is searching for a social scientist postdoctoral scholar to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. We are going into the last two years of the project and the focus is on quantitative data analysis and publications of the social science data collected.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower– not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydro-engineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The project is being conducted in three different basins in the Brazilian Amazon. The social science component is generating a household-level data set of 8 communities, and a total of some 1200 households using randomized sampling, that have been impacted by hydropower development in the Madeira basin in Brazil. In addition, plans are underway to start doing a similar survey in two other basins. The social analysis will focus on impacts on households, differences in compensation and resettlement, and on social/economic changes experienced by households. 

The post-doctoral fellow will work on statistical analysis of data collected through a social survey protocol, and may help with the design of a new survey. Strong demonstrated statistical skills are required.  Candidate should be able to work independently but value collaboration with the PIs in the project.

The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan. Position will initially be for one year, with possible renewal for another year, depending on performance. Salary will be based on commensurate education and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources websiteposting number 596257. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search. mlopez@msu.edu

Post-doctoral Position Available: Interdisciplinary Analysis of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as lower latitudes with far-reaching consequences for access to energy and mineral resources, global trade and tourism routes, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and human health and safety. Impacts of the changing Arctic are particularly salient for the region’s Indigenous peoples.  The need for integrated, transdisciplinary research to better understand social and economic impacts and potential opportunities from climate change for Alaska is critically needed. Despite this need, there has been little work done to assess the economic costs and benefits of Arctic change, especially with regard to impacts in Alaska, or the value of existing federal and state services and products. Given that impacts and associated costs arise at scales ranging from the local to the global, there is a spectrum of opportunities for theory building and methods development that can only be accomplished through the deep integration of disciplines.  This work is critical for meeting pressing societal needs and to inform decisions and policy.

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective. Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to fisheries (including ocean acidification), transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping), infrastructure, mineral, oil & gas resource development, mixed-subsistence economies, and the provision of related climate services. We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.

Based in the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), ACCAP specializes in interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement to meet the science and information needs related to climate change in Alaska.

This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.

Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.

Duration: 2 year, term funded

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Open until filled.  

To apply submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor <sarah.trainor@alaska.edu> with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include a description of the candidate’s PhD research, a statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.

UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Resource Economics, West Virginia University

The Division of Resource Economics and Management (https://resourcemanagement.wvu.edu/) at West Virginia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on land use and Food-Energy-Water (FEW) modeling. The position is funded by a research grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF) and will focus on examination of interdependencies between energy and agricultural markets, trade policies, and sustainability of water resources. The successful candidate will engage in analytical and empirical modeling of agricultural commodity markets with spatial land use and watershed management components. The ideal candidate will have i) strong quantitative training in mathematical modeling (GAMS), ii) ability to learn and work with watershed and land management modeling tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar), and iii) experience in econometric analysis and Geographic Information Systems.

Salary and Timing: The position offers competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes fringe benefits. Initial appointment is for 12 months with a possibility for extension for additional 12 months subject to satisfactory performance. 

Qualifications:

  • A PhD in environmental/resource/agricultural economics (or closely related field)
  • Experience with Mathematical Programing using GAMS
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to work with watershed simulation tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with policy and economic issues surrounding energy and agricultural industries
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and effective communication skills

Applications: Qualified applicants should submit: (i) a cover letter describing relevant experience and research interests, (ii) curriculum vita, (iii) transcripts, (iv) a representative research paper and (v) names and contact information for three or more references (they will not be contacted without permission from the candidate). 

The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link. West Virginia University encourages applications from and nominations of women, disabled individuals, veterans, and members of minority groups

For additional information contact Dr. Levan Elbakidze (levan.elbakidze@mail.wvu.edu)

Job Opening: Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University

The Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University invites applicants for the following TWO positions with tenure or tenure-track depending on candidate’s merit:

(A)        Associate Professor in Environmental Sustainability
(B)        Associate Professor in GIS & Remote Sensing

Associate Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in sustainability science or closely related fields and conduct research and teaching in the same area. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, interdisciplinary, extramurally-funded, 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 finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Sustainability is a complex field spanning the environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek scientists experienced at working across disciplines, with a strong background in any of the following areas: systems ecology, urban systems, water, sustainable food systems, bio-environmental systems, green technologies, resource economics and policy, and/or regional sustainability planning.  The ability to evaluate “sustainability” scenarios and plans through quantitative methods and/or modeling is of interest to the Department.       Principal 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/preeminent-programs/), including the Institute of Water and Environment, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the Sea Level Solutions Center, the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure, International Center for Tropical Biology, Extreme Events Institute, and Agroecology Program.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in environmental science, geoscience, geography, engineering or related fields, conduct research in GIS and/or remote sensing, and teach related classes. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, world-class, quantitative, interdisciplinary research with transferrable funds. 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.

GIS & Remote Sensing is a complex field spanning environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek interdisciplinary scientists with a strong background in GIS & remote sensing technologies with emphasis on coastal hazards, sea level rise impacts, and storm surge flooding.

Principal responsibilities will include (1) establishment of a strong externally funded research program, (2) development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including weather and coastal forecasting agencies, policy makers and resource managers, and (3) teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our GIS center. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminent-programs/), including the Extreme Events Institute (EEI) and its International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE), the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure (InteRaCt), and International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB). 
Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519022 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach cover letter (detailing which position is being applied for), a detailed curriculum vitae, and statements of Research, Teaching, and Diversity Inclusion 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 that includes transferable funding that will aid in launching their program at FIU. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon as determined by the search committee.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by September 30th, 2019.  Review will continue until position is filled. Assistance in writing diversity statements can be found at https://advance.fiu.edu/_assets/docs/fiu-guidelines-for-writing-a-diversity-statement.pdf

Job Opening: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

University of Minnesota, Humphrey School Of Public Affairs

U of M seeks applications for one or more faculty position[s] at the Assistant, Associate, and/or Full Professor level in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). Evidence of established scholarship with the potential for contributions of national and international significance is required for candidates at the pre-tenure assistant professor level. Appointment at the tenured level of associate or full professor requires evidence of excellence and national/international policy-relevant impact in scholarly research, teaching, and service. All candidates must have a strong research and publication record with capacity for building an interdisciplinary, innovative research portfolio of high impact and relevance to public policy and communities of practice.

With this open-rank STEP area search, the Humphrey School is looking for both early-career and advanced scholars with disciplinary backgrounds in public policy, public affairs, environmental studies, environmental economics, natural sciences, engineering, international affairs, or related fields. We seek candidates working in the areas of U.S. and global environmental policy; food, energy and/or water policy and governance; climate change mitigation and adaptation policy; environmental justice; or related areas. Candidates whose work intersects with the School’s commitment to equity and inclusion are particularly desired. 

Qualified candidates will have an approach to teaching and research that is innovative and inclusive in terms of race, gender, class, and ethnicity. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to exceptional graduate-level teaching in the STEP curriculum at the Humphrey School. Successful candidates should demonstrate capacity to engage practitioners and the public in research, education, and outreach activities, be able to provide leadership to the Humphrey School’s Master of Science in STEP (MS-STEP), other masters programs, and Ph.D. in Public Affairs program, and be passionate about preparing students for careers in public affairs.

To apply, go to the U of M employment page and reference job opening 332092.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics) Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries

Appointment: Twelve month tenure track (40 % teaching; 60% research)

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Applied Economics with research focus and academic training in fisheries/ natural resource economics or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to develop a productive research program in fisheries economics focusing on resource valuation, institutional and social issues in fisheries and sustainable management of natural resources, to publish peer-reviewed publications, and to develop effective and innovative teaching techniques is required. Expertise in market and non-market valuation techniques, forecasting and bio-economic models that identify optimal management strategies for fisheries resources, conservation and revival of fish species facing extinction threats, welfare analysis including market failure, institutional analysis, provide economic rationale for multiple uses of fisheries and water resources, strategies that minimize costs of stock enhancement strategies for recreational fishing is strongly preferred. A commitment to developing a dynamic research program that has a strong impact on the state of Arkansas is required.

Duties and Responsibilities: Arkansas is the Natural State and claims warm- and coldwater recreational fisheries, a vibrant aquaculture industry, and numerous other natural resource-based recreational opportunities. The Aquaculture/Fisheries Center has statewide responsibility for aquaculture and fisheries to provide research-based solutions to problems faced by fish farmers and natural fisheries stakeholder groups in Arkansas. The incumbent will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program related to fisheries and resource economics with a strong emphasis in the application of quantitative methods and economic theory to timely and relevant topics on sustainable management of fisheries and natural resources. The incumbent will conduct economic analyses and biological assessments of stream, lake, and reservoir fish and fishery resources, bio-economic modeling, impact assessment, and benefits and costs of sport fisheries. The incumbent will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in fisheries economics and resource management subject areas and develop new courses that will fit into the overall teaching needs of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries and be consistent with his/her research program.

Personal Characteristics: The person selected for this position must be committed to a productive research program and to contributing science-based management recommendations for natural fisheries stakeholders and Arkansas fish farmers. S/he must be committed to effective teaching and must have the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholder groups. The individual must be willing and capable of developing effective working relationships across various fisheries and aquaculture disciplines within the department.

Salary: Commensurate with and depending upon qualifications and experience.

Fringe Benefits: Annual and sick leave per University policy, group health, life, disability, and retirement benefits.

To Apply: A letter of application, resume, official transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to:

Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics), c/o: Human Resources Department University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1200 N. University Drive Mail Slot #4942 Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601. Application packages may be sent by e-mail to: uapbjobs@uapb.edu

Application deadline: September 30, 2019, or until a suitable applicant is found.

UAPB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and participates in E-Verify

Policy and Social Modeling Postdoc Position

Position ID: PDA#002

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available in Policy and Social Modeling at the University of Vermont as part of an NSF-funded research project on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events. Vermont EPSCoR for its latest Track 1 award is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the research team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences and have access to significant resources including: Alan Alda Communicating Science workshops; undergraduate mentoring and training; and over 30 research colleagues spanning numerous disciplines including hydrology, limnology, geology, engineering, environmental resources, economics, public policy and community development.

We seek a post-doctoral associate with demonstrated expertise in policy and social modeling using complex adaptive systems approaches, especially agent based modeling and/or network analysis. The postdoctoral associate will work with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and stakeholders to develop agent based models of alternate policy, governance and social behavioral scenarios in the Lake Champlain basin relative to climate change, extreme events and regional resiliency of social-ecological systems.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, or a relevant social or engineering science discipline. Experience or interest in developing and applying computational complex systems modeling approaches is also desirable. Proficiency in JAVA programming will be considered a plus.

Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Anticipated start date August 15, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Position is funded through May 31, 2021.

Questions can be directed to Chris Koliba at ckoliba@uvm.edu .

To apply: please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to epscor@uvm.edu and reference Position ID PDA#002.

Position Announcement: University of New Hampshire Lecturer in environmental conservation and SUSTAINABILITY

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a full-time (.88 FTE – academic-year, 9-month), benefits-eligible, three-year (renewable), non-tenure-track Lecturer position to begin fall term August 2019. UNH Lecturer Faculty are represented by the AAUP through a collective bargaining agreement. UNH is committed to social justice and actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all.

We seek a skilled and passionate teacher and mentor to offer undergraduate courses and support the vibrant Environmental Conservation and Sustainability (ECS) Program. This lecturer will be primarily responsible for undergraduate teaching in ECS, and will also engage in on-campus and/or off-campus service responsibilities, including academic advising of undergraduates in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. The initial course load will include Principles of Sustainability, Sustainable Living – Global Perspectives, and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions. Continued employment beyond the initial three-year appointment is contingent on satisfactory performance and program needs.

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 research institution that provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. Located on a 188-acre campus in Durham, UNH (https://www.unh.edu/main/about-unh) thrives in a dynamic and beautiful part of New England. Approximately one hour from both Boston and Portland, Durham is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, the White Mountains, and New Hampshire’s Lake Region.

The UNH Department of Natural Resources comprises six academic programs, including ECS, and offers six majors and more than ten minors. The Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Program makes up approximately 130 of the 439 undergraduates in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (https://colsa.unh.edu/natural-resources-environment/program/bs/environmental-conservation-sustainability-major). Questions regarding this position can be directed to Clay Mitchell, Chair of the Search Committee (Clayton.Mitchell@unh.edu).


Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in natural resources, environmental studies, or a related field, and prior post-secondary teaching experience with demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Proficiency with current academic technology is highly desirable.


Application Procedures and Deadline


The application can be completed at https://jobs.usnh.edu/, and includes a cover letter, CV/resume, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, student evaluations of prior teaching, and names and contact information of three references. Applicants may also submit optional scholarly documents in support of their application. Letters of reference will be required before initial interviews. Review of applications will begin on March 29, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.


The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. ​

Lecturer in Human-Environment Systems and Data Literacy

University of Georgia: Odum School of Ecology

The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for one Lecturer (non-tenure track) with a focus in coupled human-environment systems and data literacy.  We seek a discipline-bridging scholar who will play a fundamental role in training students to understand, analyze, and visualize information, including geospatial information, using a variety of data sources from natural sciences and one or more complementary perspectives.  Potential areas of emphasis include ecosystem services, sustainability science, food energy or water systems, and interdisciplinary perspectives on global change; from ecological and complementary perspectives such as economics, engineering, or quantitative and qualitative social sciences.

The ideal candidate will bring new skills and theoretical perspectives to the Odum School, and will demonstrate a passion for undergraduate education and building programmatic excellence in data literacy training.  We seek candidates with an aptitude for mentoring students interested in traditional ecological science careers (through the B.S. degree program) or careers focused in translation or integration of ecological science with policy, management, communications, or other disciplines (via the A.B. degree program).  An interest in leading service learning classes would also be valued.   The Odum School is dedicated to supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusiveness, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich that mission.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who have: 

Expertise in coupled human-environment systems

Expertise in discipline-spanning scholarship

Expertise in data analysis and visualization

Expertise in geospatial information

Aptitude for undergraduate instruction and mentorship

Aptitude for providing data literacy training

Commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusivity

The position is a 12-month full-time appointment. Responsibilities are primarily instructional, with opportunity for research.  The position offers diverse instructional opportunities including lecture, lab, and field courses, and directed undergraduate study and research.  In addition to developing a spatial data course and other potential courses in their area of expertise, the scholar will contribute to current course offerings through instruction and by developing new data literacy and visualization components.  The scholar will also contribute to undergraduate mentoring and research supervision as part of their responsibilities. 

To apply, candidates must have a PhD in ecology or relevant field.   To receive full consideration applications should be received by 27 February, 2019.  

To apply for the position, candidates should electronically submit the following materials http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/59673

1) Cover letter, including research interests and suitability for the position.

2) Curriculum vitae.

3) 2-page Teaching statement, including vision for enhancing data literacy.

4) 1-page Diversity statement, explaining experience, professional skills, and vision that would enhance diversity and inclusivity (using Other Documents#1).

5) Contact information for three professional referees who may submit letters of recommendation

Official transcripts will be requested from finalists.  Questions regarding the position can be directed to search committee chair, Dr. Elizabeth King, egking@uga.edu.

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. Georgia is well known for its quality of life with both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution located approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is within an hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast. Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet still sees the benefits of the changing seasons. It is well known for its vibrant and evolving music scene, serving as the hometown of bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s, Widespread Panic, the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, and Futurebirds. 

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.