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Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Adaptation

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

ORNL11-54-ESD

Project Description:

The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), http://www.esd.ornl.gov at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher to support an research project involving the incorporation of adaptation within a regional climate change integrated assessment model (IAM) framework.

The position is funded by a five-year project entitled “Developing a Regional Integrated Assessment Model Framework” (Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science, Department of Energy).  The project is led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Joint Global Change Research Institute, with principle investigators at both ORNL and PNNL.  This project is also part of the portfolio of research activity within the Oak Ridge Climate Change Science Institute (ORCCSI).  As such, the candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to other ORCCSI projects in which issues of adaptation and/or integrated assessment feature prominently.

Annual salary will be commensurate experience. The position will be based at ORCCSI in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. All travel expenses are provided. The position is for two years with the possibility of extending for up to three years.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be instrumental in developing methods and tools for modeling adaptive responses to climate change within a regional climate change integrated assessment model.  This will include the design of an internally consistent framework for representing a range of scenarios of adaptation as well as the development of methods for operationalizing these scenarios within the various model components.  The objectives of this work are to break new ground in representing adaptation processes complementary to, or within climate and integrated assessment models. Specific approaches to be explored include the evaluation of the costs and benefits of adaptation, identification of conditions associated with adaptive capacity, representation of the evolution of adaptive capacity as a function of different socioeconomic development pathways, the assessment of potential trade-offs between adaptation and greenhouse gas mitigation, and the analysis of the role of model uncertainty on adaptation decision-making.

Although the position will be based at ORNL, the successful candidate will be expected to work in close collaboration with research teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s sites in Richland, Washington and College Park, Maryland.

Qualifications:

A PhD in Engineering, Statistics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, or Social Sciences is preferred, but the successful candidate will have a commitment to working within an inter-disciplinary research team. Familiarity with adaptation concepts and integrated assessment modeling is required and strong preference will be given to candidates with experience relevant to analysis of adaptation at the water, land, energy nexus.

Applicants should have received their most recent degree within five years of the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at https://www2.orau.gov/ORNL_POST/. All applicants will need to register before they can begin the online application. For complete instructions, on how to apply, please see the instructions at http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/ornl/ornl-pdpm/application.htm.

This appointment is offered through the ORNL Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S. citizens without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Uncertainty Analysis of Integrated Assessment Models

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

ORNL11-53-ESD

Project Description:

The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), http://www.esd.ornl.gov at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher to lead an exploratory research project involving the characterization and management of uncertainty within a regional climate change integrated assessment model (IAM) framework.

The position is funded by a five-year project entitled “Developing a Regional Integrated Assessment Model Framework” (Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science, Department of Energy).  The project is led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Joint Global Change Research Institute, with principle investigators at both ORNL and PNNL.  This project is also part of the portfolio of research activity within the Oak Ridge Climate Change Science Institute (ORCCSI).  As such, the candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to other ORCCSI projects in which issues of uncertainty feature prominently.

Annual salary depends on experience. The position will be based at ORCCSI in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. All travel expenses are provided. The position is for two years with the possibility of extending for up to three years.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will lead research efforts in the characterization and treatment of uncertainty within a regional climate change integrated assessment model.  The candidate will develop an uncertainty ontology for regional IAMs and subsequently use this ontology to guide the investigation of mechanisms for characterizing different forms of uncertainty, their interactions, and their implications for interpretation and communication of model results.  Key research elements include understanding uncertainties associated with model structure, model parameterization, spatial and temporal scaling, and the use of socioeconomic and policy scenarios. The objective of this work is the development of a comprehensive understanding of different types of uncertainty and how they can be evaluated and communicated to guide model development and stakeholder decision support.  In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to explore novel mechanisms for model evaluation and uncertainty quantification.

Although the position will be based at ORNL, the successful candidate will be expected to work in close collaboration with research teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s sites in Richland, Washington and College Park, Maryland.

Qualifications:
A PhD in Engineering, Statistics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences or Environmental Sciences is preferred, but the successful candidate will have a strong commitment to working on an inter-disciplinary team.  Familiarity with integrated assessment modeling, Earth System Modeling, and/or economic modeling is required and strong preference will be given to candidates with skills in quantitative uncertainty analysis.

Applicants should have received their most recent degree within five years of the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at https://www2.orau.gov/ORNL_POST/. All applicants will need to register before they can begin the online application. For complete instructions, on how to apply, please see the instructions at http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/ornl/ornl-pdpm/application.htm.

This appointment is offered through the ORNL Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S. citizens without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran.

Skidmore College visiting position in Environmental Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor: Environmental Social Science

The Environmental Studies Program at Skidmore College seeks an environmental social scientist for a one-year visiting assistant professor with the possibility of a second year renewal beginning September 1st, 2011. The successful candidate will be strongly interdisciplinary with primary training in the social sciences and teaching and research interests related to the policy and economics of agriculture, energy, or planning and development. The applicant will teach three courses per semester in our interdisciplinary, undergraduate Environmental Studies program. The teaching load includes our introductory Environmental Studies class and special topics courses at the 200- and 300-level in the candidate’s area of expertise, as well as the opportunity to team-teach our senior capstone seminar. Interest in conducting undergraduate collaborative research in Environmental Studies is highly desirable. Ph.D. to be complete by time of hire.

For more information about the Environmental Studies Program at Skidmore, please visit http://cms.skidmore.edu/environmental_studies/index.cfm. Review of applications will begin March 25, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online at: http://jobs.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52822.

University of Idaho position

The College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho (www.cnr.uidaho.edu) invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences. We seek a new faculty member who is trained in the area of economics and policy analysis and is interested in integrating biophysical, social and decision sciences to influence social adaptation to changing conditions, especially as related to ecosystem services provided by natural resources.

The position is approximately 40% teaching and advising, 50% research, and 10% outreach and service.

Research responsibilities: Focus on the study of how climate change will drive economic conditions, markets for ecosystem services, and policy decisions, including how social and decision sciences integrate with biophysical sciences to influence social adaptation to climate change. Bring critical new expertise to build Idaho’s long-term capacity to better understand the social and biophysical consequences of climate change.

Teaching responsibilities: Consist of 2-3 courses including an undergraduate-level Natural Resource Economics course, a graduate-level course, and possibly a third course to be negotiated.

Service and outreach responsibilities: Provide economic and social science expertise to collaborators, scientists and other stakeholders by participating in the design and delivery of symposia, workshops, and related outreach activities.

For a complete list of required application materials apply online at http://apptrkr.com/178645

For additional information CONTACT: Jay O’Laughlin (jayo@uidaho.edu); 208-885-5776; College of Natural Resources, Univ. of Idaho.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Ecological Economics at Northern Illinois University

The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and the Environmental Science Division at Argonne invite applications for an anticipated joint, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2011.

We seek a candidate with teaching and empirical research interests in ecological economics (macro and micro), ideally with additional experience in related subjects such as sustainability science, political economy, economic geography, or other fields related to environmental policy and management. It is expected that this faculty member will apply modeling approaches to assess the balances and tradeoffs among the human economy and the economy of nature, such as ecological footprint analysis, macroeconomic capacity assessment, ecosystem services evaluation, input-output analysis, spatial econometrics, or climate change impact assessment. This person will work closely in a multidisciplinary academic environment and an off-campus research environment.

A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will have choice of tenure home in Economics, Geography, Political Science or another applicable department. The position is part of the new, interdisciplinary Institute for the Study for the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

More information about current faculty research interests and the Institute is available at http://www.niu.edu/ese/.

Applicants must electronically submit a letter of application, CV, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of references addressed to:

Dr. Carl von Ende,

Environmental Faculty Search Committee Chair,

at webmail: envs11econ@niu.edu.

Complete applications must be received by Feb 15, 2011.

NIU and Argonne are AA/EEO Institutions that value diversity in their faculty, staff, and student bodies; thus we strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates, including women and minorities

Positions in Water Research and Ecosystem Services, China

The School of Nature Conservation of Beijing Forestry University (China) invites applications for regular university positions (e.g. lecturer, associate professor) or post-doc positions in the area of water research and ecosystem services. Research areas sought include: hydrology and water resources, water footprint, wetland hydrology, e-flows, climate change, ecological impacts of hydrological changes, ecosystem services and management. One main task of the School of Nature Conservation is to carry out internationally outstanding research on hydrology and water resources, and ecosystem services, and will closely collaborate with a number of international partners/organizations including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria), Cambridge University (UK), Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag, Switzerland), UNESCO-IHE (Netherland), Water Footprint Network (WFN, the Netherlands), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, USA) etc.

Successful candidates will have the ability to develop an active research program, and form interdisciplinary connections with international partners. The candidates are expected to perform independent research and provide administrative support. If desired by the candidate, integration into the academic teaching at BFU is possible.

Required qualifications include:

  • Doctoral degree in hydrology and water resources, environmental science, ecology, or ecological economics, or closely-related field;
  • Level of offer from post-doc to associate professor depends on years of post-graduate experience;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and strong computer and analytical skills;
  • High level experience in statistical, mathematical and numerical modeling and programming skills are preferred;
  • Ability to work across disciplines and ability to publish on peer-reviewed, international scientific journals.

Review of applications will start immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit in one single PDF document: a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, copies of no more than three publications or manuscripts, and the names and contact information for two references to water21water@yahoo.com (Prof. Junguo Liu). Position Enquires: Prof. Junguo Liu, +86-10-62336761, water21water@yahoo.com.

Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics, Position # 0082432, 9 Month Tenure Track, Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Management (NREM), College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Application review begins January 18, 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach (or co-teach) core course(s) in NREM undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum, which could include environmental policy or environmental problem solving. Develop and teach new undergraduate and/or graduate course(s) in ecological economics, agroecological risk assessment, climate change economics and policy, renewable energy economics, greenhouse gas emissions, energy modeling and individual’s areas of expertise that meet instructional needs of NREM students. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Advise the M.S. Plan B students and supervise their Capstone experience. Conduct research in modeling of integrated ecological/economic systems, ecological and risk management, and/or policy. Research should address current issues in ecological and environmental management and economics due to human behaviors, with emphasis on island and tropical settings. Pursue competitive extramural grants and contracts on issues relevant to Hawaii and the region.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in applied economics such as ecological, behavioral and/or experimental economics or another relevant field from an accredited college or university. Demonstrated ability as a teacher; expertise in conducting quantitative and interdisciplinary research (e.g., bioeconomic modeling, mathematical modeling and agent-based modeling). Experience working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate knowledge from natural, biological and social sciences in addressing ecological and risk management and policy issues, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications: College-level teaching experience, post-doctoral research experience in ecological economics and policy, and/or training in complex system modeling, post-baccalaureate professional experience in instructional and research areas listed above. Publication of research in scholarly journals, presentation at professional conferences, demonstrated ability to obtain competitive extramural funding, post-baccalaureate degree in ecological science and/or other transdisciplinary science. To apply submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts and contact information (telephone number and email address) for three (3) professional references as to: Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Management, CTAHR, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1910 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 Inquiries: Dr. Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, 808-956-7530, chanhalb@hawaii.edu.

The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

E3 Network Summer Internships

Economics for Equity and the Environment Network
2011 Summer Internship Program for
Graduate Students in Economics

Economics for Equity and the Environment Network (E3) is a national network of economists developing new and better arguments for environmental protection. We support improved decision making in public policy by involving our economists in dialogue and cooperation with NGOs, decision makers, the public, media and stakeholders. We support and promote research that demonstrates fair and effective solutions to real world environmental problems.

E3 Network’s internship program offers economics graduate students the opportunity to work directly with environmental organizations. Graduate students gain real world insights into environmental protection and explore possible avenues for their research and professional development. Organizations benefit from the expertise and training of these junior economists. Recent interns have been placed with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, International Rivers Network, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Conservation Strategy Fund, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Forest Guild, New Voice of Business, Center for Environment and Population, Stockholm Environment Institute, Global Development and Environment Institute, and The Trust for Public Land.

Interns will be placed with an environmental organization for 8 weeks and will be paid a stipend of $5000. E3 prioritizes graduate students who are dedicated to applied economics research and who support E3’s commitment to social justice. Applicants must be willing to relocate to accommodate their NGO placement.

The deadline for applications for summer 2011 is February 21. To apply, please email the following information to Kristen Sheeran, Director, by the deadline:

  • Curriculum vita
  • One letter of reference
  • A three-page statement of your research interests and how they relate to E3 Network’s mission.

Director of Transformational Ecology Initiative

Director of Transformational Ecology Initiative
The Garrison Institute

The mission of the Garrison Institute is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. It is both a think tank and a convening center for thought leaders in the fields of environment, education, and trauma recovery. The Institute acts as a neutral hub for the growth of knowledge in multidisciplinary fields, gathering scientists, professionals, and contemplatives.

Background

The Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Transformational Ecology (ITE) examines how mental models and patterns of thought affect our relationship with the environment and how, by examining and shifting them, we might transform our relationship with the earth. ITE works with advocates, scientists, business leaders, and policy and communications experts to create new learning networks, nurture innovative thinking, and find scalable ways to shift mindsets, alter behavior, achieve systems-level change and transform human-caused ecological problems, including climate change.

The ITE’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior (CMB) project was launched in 2009. The project’s first step was to survey the economic, social science and climate change fields to identify research that explained the cognitive biases of the human mind, and how to shape environmental communication and policy so as to be more effective in reducing human caused climate impacts. This work also identified leaders from a range of fields, who joined the CMB steering committee to guide the development of the program, and to identify additional participants.

In 2009, the Institute also posited that there might be a “behavioral wedge” – a gigaton of GHG reduction that could come from simple changes to human behavior. Working jointly with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we have defined and quantified the ways Americans can achieve a gigaton reduction through simple, voluntary, no-cost, low-cost or cost-saving behavioral shifts adopted on a large scale.

The Institute also began to build a web hub of knowledge, with links to relevant articles and research. In March 2010, the Institute held the first Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, where 72 thought leaders and activists explored how to connect emerging behavioral and social science to climate change policy and on-the-ground solutions, as well as strategies to bring these policies more in line with the way that humans really think and behave. The symposium was a terrific success, increasing the call for ongoing work from the Institute in this area.

In April 2010, the CMB program began disseminating the highlights of its web hub via a monthly email blast to a growing community of academics, government officials, and entrepreneurs. This community, in turn, sends us additional links, articles and research, contributing to the growing depth and relevance of the CMB hub. This has led to a call for the Institute to design and deliver behavior-based programs to large institutions and sectors of society, ranging from building owners to the military.

Position Description

The Garrison Institute is currently looking for a Director of the Transformational Ecology Initiative to build on this exciting momentum. The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Expand the knowledge base:

* Track emerging neurological and behavioral sciences that relate to environmental decision-making
* Track any academic or applied work on the application of the neurological and behavioral sciences to environmental behaviors at the individual, communal, and at larger scales, in the US and in other societies
* Identify, assign or implement relevant research

  • Communicate and connect:

* Edit and archive acquired knowledge in useful formats, including on our website
* Communicate this knowledge in monthly e-blasts, newsletters, conferences etc.
* Connect the science with applications in general
* Serve as the hub of an emerging network of scientists, policy analysts, and sector leaders concerned with environmental sustainability

  • Develop programs:

* Develop new applied programs in current areas of work: building operations and management, energy efficiency program design and a developing program connecting behavior to City Climate Change initiatives
* Plan and develop annual Garrison Institute conferences on these subjects
* Commission or carry out original work in the field

  • Manage the program:

* Write funding proposals, build relationships with existing funders, and help to create new funding partners
* Manage partnerships and relationships with other institutions, university centers, and the like
* Supervise program support staff
* Report on the program’s status to the Garrison Institute’s CEO and Program Steering committees.

Candidate Qualifications

    We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in the mission of the Garrison Institute, who thrive in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, and who demonstrate a record of achievement. We seek someone who is an energetic, engaged leader, convener, collaborator, and integrator. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about both the emerging science of the nature of the mind, and well versed in the social sciences and in environmental issues, especially as they pertain to human impacts on climate change, and will be able create links among these fields with an eye to practical implementation and measurement of social change.

    The ideal candidate will also have:

    • An advanced degree in a field related to one or more of the key disciplines included in the Transformational Ecology Initiative, such as environmental design, policy, and planning; neuroscience, or behavioral science (sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology) applied to environment-related behavior;
    • Evidence of thought leadership in their field as evidenced by publications, actions to advance theory or application, and/or professional distinction;
    • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills and interest in working with colleagues across disciplines;
    • A commitment to producing consistently high quality, detailed work;
    • The ability to learn quickly, work in a fast paced environment, and multi-task effectively;
    • Strong communication and writing skills and facility with Internet communications;
    • Excellent symposium planning, organizational, and time-management skills;
    • Flexibility, good humor, and comfort with ambiguity
    • A contemplative practice and belief in the transformational value contemplation holds for advancing environmental stewardship.

    Compensation

    The annual salary for this full-time position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer an energized and motivated team of colleagues, a collegial atmosphere, a comprehensive benefits plan, and the opportunity to have a direct impact on improving the environment.

    This position will be based at the Garrison Institute, a beautifully renovated former monastery set amidst 90 acres overlooking the Hudson River. The Institute is located an hour north of New York City and is accessible by the Metro-North train line.

    To Apply

    Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:

    Director of Human Resources
    recruitment@garrisoninstitute.org

    Include in the subject line of email: ITE Director Search.  All submissions will be received in confidence. Please, no phone calls.

    The Garrison Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

    Fisheries Conservation Manager position with Environmental Defense Fund

    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is currently seeking a Fisheries Conservation Manager to lead the organization’s fishery advocacy work in the Gulf of Mexico.  EDF’s Fisheries Conservation Program works at the forefront with the fishing industry and high-level decision makers to implement innovative, forward-thinking fishery management practices in the U.S. The Fisheries Conservation Manager will help to oversee and coordinate EDF’s projects in the Gulf region, including meeting and communicating with federal and state officials, fishery managers and scientists, fishery council members and other elected officials to coordinate the implementation of commercial and recreational catch shares in the Southeast. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with advocacy experience and/or a strong understanding of policy making processes to engage in a high-impact effort to transform fishery management practices in the Gulf. The position is located in EDF’s Austin office.

    The complete Fisheries Conservation Manager position description and an application link can be found here:
    http://www.ceaconsulting.com/what/position_details.aspx?client=CEA&jobId=85