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Post-Doc in Spatial Ecology of Ecosystem Services

A post-doctoral fellow with strong skills in spatially-explicit ecological modeling is sought to work on NSF and USGS-funded research on migratory species and ecosystem services. The post-doc will work under the supervision of Dr. Laura Lopez-Hoffman (School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona) and will also collaborate closely with Drs. Darius Semmens and Jay Diffendorfer (Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center, USGS).

The post-doc will support ongoing efforts at the University of Arizona to model the population dynamics of Mexican free-tailed bats and the ecosystem services they provide. The post-doc will also take a leadership role in a USGS Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis working group on spatial subsidies in the ecosystem services of migratory species. This interdisciplinary effort blends spatial ecology, economics, and the emerging field incentive-based conservation. Information on the Powell Center working group can be found at: http://powellcenter.usgs.gov/current_projects.php#AnimalMigrationAbstract

The post-doc will be the primary coordinator of the Powell Center modeling efforts. This offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with many scientists in both ongoing research and in the development of new research on the spatial ecology of ecosystem services. The post-doc will participate in all aspects of the scientific venture, with ample opportunity to prepare publications and new grant proposals.

A combination of rigorous modeling skills, a track record of publications, and experience with interdisciplinary research are required for this position. Experience in collaborative, team-oriented research is especially desirable, as is leadership experience or evidence of leadership potential. The position requires a highly motivated, organized and personable individual.

Qualified applicants should have a PhD, and skills in conceptualizing and coding spatially-explicit population models. Please apply through website (www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=202033).

The required application materials are: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and PDFs of 1-2 publications. The search committee will review applications beginning August 15th, 2011. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is for 2.5 years contingent on performance evaluations. The salary is $45,000 per year.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Laura Lopez-Hoffman (lauralh@email.arizona.edu) with questions.

PhD or Post-Doc opening: Economic Evaluation of Soil Ecosystem Services, University of Iceland

The University of Iceland has a PhD or a Post doctoral position available within the SoilTreEC research project. The overall aim of SoilTrEC is to understand the life-cycle of soils within the critical zone of the Earth’s surface and development of methodologies to maintain and enhance soil functions and manage soils sustainably for future generations. Further information about the project can be found at http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/projects/SoilTrec/. The funding for this project comes from the European commission FP7, and is a collaborative project between researchers from Europe, United States and Asia.

Objective: The PhD or the Post-doctoral candidate is to develop methodology and carry out evaluations of the economic value of soil ecosystem services. The aim is to enable more thorough economic evaluation of the economic consequences of different land use management decisions in different agricultural systems.

Qualifications: Applicants for the PhD position should have received an MS degree in economics such as environmental economics or ecological economics, environmental sciences, soil sciences or related fields. Applicants for the post-doctoral position should have received a PhD degree in economics such as environmental economics or ecological economics, environmental sciences, soil sciences or related fields. All applicants should have experience in economic evaluation of ecosystem services.

The appointment for the post-doctoral position is for two years, but the appointment for the PhD position is for three years, preferably beginning September 1, 2011. The candidate will be selected based on academic and research record including publications, research interests, recommendations, and compatibility of background.

How to apply: Fore more information please contact Dr. Brynhildur Davidsdottir (bdavids@hi.is) at the University of Iceland. All applications should be sent to starfsumsoknir@hi.is, before August 8, 2011. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.

Search for President/CEO of New Economics Institute

The New Economics Institute (NEI) seeks a President/CEO to help it achieve an ambitious, but essential agenda. Its mission is to go beyond questioning the current economic model and to begin to develop and promote a new one, which transforms traditional definitions of progress and includes an assessment of the impact of economic growth on personal well being and the quality of the environment.

The NEI is a think tank that will combine cutting-edge economics theories, innovative communications strategies and demonstration projects that will begin to construct the building blocks of a new economy. It will be organized around the imperative of developing an economy in which people can live fulfilling and healthy lives while nurturing the social and ecological systems on which all economic systems ultimately depend.

Founded in the summer of 2010, NEI has evolved from the EF Schumacher Society , organized thirty years ago to promote the building of strong local economies that link people, land and community. NEI is also modeled after, and intends to work closely with, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London. It is expected that NEF will provide valuable experience and examples of ideas and programs developed in the United Kingdom that may be applicable to the United States.

Supported by a strong and committed Board, the new President/CEO will lead the organization in forging a theory describing this new economic system; a narrative that will show how it is possible to get from here to there; and raise the funding necessary to do so.

The President/CEO will be expected to develop a New York City office that will serve as the organization’s headquarters and will also be expected to spend some time in London working alongside the organization’s partner organization, the New Economics Foundation, to gain a good working understanding of its projects, goals and staff. The organization’s existing library, publication, and educational programs will continue at their Berkshires site in Massachusetts with the current staff.

Background

Despite the twenty-first century challenges we face, mainstream policy-makers, businesses, and even reformers are still prisoners of old economic assumptions. NEI believes this adherence to economic theories of the past is delaying the emergence of the new economic thinking that is a key to the future.

The New Economics Institute will bring together new-economy organizations, intellectuals and innovators to frame a common story, to tell it in multiple voices, and to work together to help effectuate the transition to a different and more sustainable economic infrastructure.

Challenges for the New CEO.

The President/CEO will be responsible for the strategic leadership of this new organization- making sure it is fulfilling its mission of building widespread acceptance for new ways to evaluate economic progress. The key goals for the new CEO to accomplish during the first 18 to 36 months of his or her tenure are:
  • Build the new Institute as a leading and authoritative voice in the debate about economics and the future;

  • Build an effective team of economists and economic thinkers, traditional and new media communications specialists and advocates, integrating their efforts with those of an outstanding board, loyal and involved funders, and an engaged wider audience.;

  • Develop a communications strategy which enlists a chorus of voices to address different media outlets and multiple audiences in the national debate;

  • Build and foster close and collaborative relationships with funders.

  • Implement the Board-approved business plan.

  • Develop and promote public policies and business practices that are capable of engaging public support and influencing the national debate.

  • Establish demonstration projects to put the Institute’s theories into practice, and rigorously assess them.

  • In co-operation with an Education Director, maintain and build in the Berkshires the projects and library that are the 30-year legacy of the former E. F. Schumacher Society, now the New Economics Institute.

  • Build a long-term partnership with the New Economics Foundation in London that is capable of using the expertise of both organizations for maximum impact.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The Role of the President/CEO demands a broad array of skills in leadership, economic policy, communications and institution building. While no one person will possess all of the qualities described below, the ideal candidate would have the following personal and professional characteristics:

  • An informed and deep commitment to the vision and mission of the New Economics Institute and a sense of urgency about addressing the challenges central to its mission.

  • Public presence and media savvy with outstanding written and oral communication skills.

  • An appetite and aptitude for fundraising. Demonstrated experience raising significant funds from a variety of sources and a willingness to be very actively involved in development.

  • A track record of senior leadership in a nonprofit, business, or governmental organization. Discipline in setting realistic priorities, meeting or surpassing goals, and running a fiscally sound operation.

  • Tenacity and resilience in the face of political opposition.

  • Entrepreneurial skill and drive with an ability to be opportunistic at seizing both funding and collaboration opportunities.

  • A strong and substantive knowledge of economics, along with an ability to explain economic theory clearly to a wide audience.

All inquiries, nominations and applications may be director in confidence to maryeking@comcast.net.  Questions and preliminary statements of interest are welcomed. New Economics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicationsfrom individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Sustainable Livelihoods Officer


“Sustainable
Livelihoods Programme Officer”

Job Specification

Job Title: Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Officer – Bolivia
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Date: June 2011
Job Ref: 11-BOL-01

Description of the unit /
department:

Trócaire works in
partnership with local organisations to overcome poverty
and promote justice in developing countries. This
position is located in Trócaire´s South American
sub-regional office. The regional programme is managed
from Tegucigalpa, Honduras overseeing the implementation
of Trócaire´s strategic plan in seven countries –
Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,
Nicaragua and Haiti. The Sustainable Livelihoods
Programme Officer is responsible for the management and
implementation of Trócaire´s bi-national SL programme
which includes partners located in both Bolivia and
bordering highland areas in Peru.

Background to the
Role:

The Sustainable
Livelihoods programme in Bolivia/Peru is one of
Trócaire´s key institutional programmes worldwide.
Trócaire has been supporting livelihoods partners in
Bolivia and Peru for many years.  In 2009 the
Sustainable Livelihoods Programme was created as a pilot
programme. The programme has now been developed to a new
stage with a focus on food sovereignty and climate
justice for the period 2011-2014.   The pilot
programme has built up a sound track record in
implementing high impact and innovative projects with a
diverse range of local partners mostly in Bolivia but
also in Peru, focussing on indigenous communities in the
highlands and including a strong gender equity
approach.

Reporting to:

Regional Programme
Manager for South America (LARO)

Managing:
(Individuals/Team)
N/A
Contract Type: Local Contract / Fixed Term
Contract
Duration:
2 years
Location of
Position

La Paz, Bolivia (with
frequent travel within Bolivia and occasional travel to
Peru and within the region)

Scope of the
Role:

Building sustainable
livelihoods represents one of the three broad based
programmes adopted by Trócaire in its institutional
strategic plan for the period 2006-2016. At the regional
level the programme focuses on poor and primarily rural
communities with the aim of strengthening their access
to resources in order to strengthen food security and
income generation. The programme includes a strong focus
on disaster risk reduction to reduce the vulnerability
of rural livelihoods to external shocks and the effects
of climate change, as well as the strengthening of
organised advocacy capacities to influence public rural
development and Food Sovereignty policies. The
Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Officer will take
overall responsibility for the implementation of the
programme in Bolivia and in Peru in line with Trócaire´s
strategic aims and working in close collaboration with
the Livelihoods Programme team in Head Office (Maynooth)
to enhance the quality of implementation of programme
initiatives undertaken by local partners.

Key Duties &
Responsibilities

Programme

  • Implementation of the Sustainable
    Livelihoods Programme in accordance with the Bolivia
    strategic plan and the organisational strategic plan.
  • Ensure programme quality and
    strengthening through annual reviews of the programme
    with partners and consolidate the joint programme
    between Bolivia and Peru facilitating information
    exchange, promoting exchange events and identifying
    and organising capacity building activities for
    programme partners
  • Support partners in advocacy efforts
    around strategic issues, including sustainable
    management of natural resources, Food Sovereignty and
    climate change adaptation and mitigation, at local,
    national, regional and international level.
  • Participate to the ongoing research
    survey on the impact of climate change on rural
    households in the Bolivian highlands
  • In coordination with the Gender and
    HIV team in Head Office, ensure mainstreaming of
    Gender across the Programme.
  • Based on the new programme proposal
    document (PPD) and the programme logical framework,
    develop a participatory base line for the programme
  • Prepare programme budget and annual
    budgets
  • Analysis and approval of project
    proposals and budgets received from partners and new
    contacts.
  • Keep abreast of political, economic
    and social developments in Bolivia, Peru and in the
    Latin American region in general.
  • Feed into Trócaire policy work and
    positions on environmental justice, management of
    natural resources, Food Sovereignty and other relevant
    thematic issues through coordination with the
    Livelihoods organisational team and the Latin American
    Regional Liaison Officer.
  • Contribute to cross-organisational
    learning on Livelihood Security, Environmental Justice
    and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Identify projects suitable for
    co-financing, identify opportunities for in-country
    co-financing and assist with preparation of proposal
    and reports to donors

Building of skills and
capacity

  • Facilitate regional exchange events
    on LS and EJ issues where relevant.
  • Organise and facilitate capacity
    building processes for partners on areas relating to
    their work.
  • Organise and facilitate capacity
    building processes for partners on gender
    mainstreaming and programme cycle management

Communications and
reporting

  • Prepare reports for Trócaire, the
    Irish government and other donors where relevant.
  • Provide information on demand from
    head office and donors relating to programme
    activities.

Monitoring

  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of
    partner project implementation at local level.
  • Receipt, analysis and approval of
    partner reports (technical and financial).
  • Preparation of technical reports for
    donors.
  • Implementation of an effective
    programme and project monitoring and evaluation
    system.
  • Compliance with the requirements of
    the Trócaire Management Information System

Networking

  • Coordinate with other International
    NGOs working in Bolivia and Peru in support of
    programme partners, in terms of poverty reduction
    interventions, and in advocacy efforts on issues of
    particular importance to development in Bolivia, such
    as adaptation to climate change and Food Sovereignty
  • Coordinate with other country
    offices in Latin America on thematic issues of
    strategic interest in the region
  • Support and facilitate linkages
    between the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme and
    other programmes at country and regional level, and
    with programme teams in Maynooth.
  • Represent Trócaire at relevant for a
    as required by the Regional Programme Manager
Finance
  • Implementation of the Trócaire funds
    management policy in collaboration with the South
    America Finance Officer
  • Analysis of partner financial
    management capacities and request partner inspections
    by the South America Finance Officer as per needs
    identified

Other

  • Other duties, as may be specified by
    the Regional Programme Manager, from time to time.
  • Support and facilitate visits to
    Bolivia including education, campaigns, fundraising,
    communications, and advocacy trips

Person Specification – Essential
(E)

(E)
Qualification:

Graduate level education
in development issues or a relevant subject

(E) Experience:
  • A minimum of 1 year relevant field
    work experience in Latin America.
  • Experience of working with local
    partners.
  • Knowledge of the key issues and
    trends in Livelihood Sovereignty and Environmental
    Justice as well as DRR work in the Latin American
    context.
(E) Skills:
  • Ability to manage and build capacity
    of partner organisations.
  • Fluent written and oral
    communication in Spanish and English.
  • Good understanding and experience of
    Project/programme management cycle.
  • Strong team-working and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research, analysis and
    writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and
    ability to communicate effectively with a variety of
    actors in the development context
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Efficient, ability to work under
    pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Computer literate with ability to
    work in Word, Excel, Power Point, Email and Internet.
  • Excellent practical understanding of
    financial management, budget monitoring and reporting.
(E) Qualities
  • An understanding of Trócaire’s
    rights-based approach to development
  • Strong commitment and sensitivity
    towards poor and marginalised people and communities.
  • Dynamic and willing to take
    initiatives, ability to work independently
(E) Other:
  • Availability to work outside normal
    hours and travel extensively within Bolivia and, when
    necessary, within the region.

Person Specification – Desirable
(D)

(D)
Qualification:
(D) Experience:
  • Previous work experience on
    Sustainable Livelihoods programmes or projects in the
    South America Region.
  • Strong technical background in
    natural resource management, climate change related
    issues, marketing, sustainable agriculture, micro
    enterprise, or any other focus area of the programme.
  • Experience of working with external
    donors, e.g. the European Union.
  • Knowledge of Trócaire and its ways
    of working
(D) Skills:
  • Ability to mainstream gender
    equality within livelihoods programmes and projects.
(D) Qualities:
(D) Other:
Job Spec approved by
(Initials):
HB
Date: 03-06-2011

Application

Please send your application letter and CV, both
in English, quoting the reference 11-BOL-01 and including 2
professional references to soneill@trocairehn.ie. Please indicate your
salary expectation in your motivation letter. Applications
without salary expectation will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing date: 24th June 2011

Regional Programme Manager, Latin America Region-Trocaire


              Reference ID:

11/ID/013A

                    Thu, 2011-06-02 09:11 – Wed, 2011-06-15 09:11
Description   of the unit / department: The   International
Division is based in Maynooth and a number of overseas locations.   It
is comprised of 5 geographical regions, (Asia/Middle East; Latin
America;   Central & West Africa; East & Horn Africa; Southern
Africa) and   Institutional Funding Unit. There are five
cross-organisational teams that   are inextricably linked to the
International Division, following the 5 themes   of our strategic plan –
governance and human rights, building sustainable   livelihoods and
demanding environmental justice, preparing for and responding   to
emergencies, HIV and gender.
Background   to the Role: This position
is located in the   Latin America region. The region is managed from
Tegucigalpa, Honduras   overseeing the implementation of Trócaire’s
strategic plan in seven countries   – Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti. Trócaire   has almost
completed its phase out process of Peru and Brazil.As part   of its
decentralisation process Trócaire has established a strong field
presence in South America. The Regional Programme Manager (RPM) will
assume a   leading role in overseeing the implementation of quality
programmes in the   region with a focus on 2 countries of South America
(Bolivia and Colombia)   plus oversee the closure of a few ongoing
projects in Peru and Brazil.
Reporting   to: Regional   Manager for Latin America
Managing:   (Individuals/Team) POs in Colombia   and Bolivia (4), a sub-regional finance officer plus administrative staff.
Contract   Type: Fixed-term
Contract   Duration: 3 years
Grade   and Scale: Regional   Programme Manager salary scale
Location   of Position La Paz,   Bolivia with frequent travel throughout South American and occasional travel   to Central America and or/Head Office
Scope   of the Role: With reference   to
Trócaire’s Strategic Plan 2006-2016 and the Operational Plan 2011-14,
the   Regional Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing and
co-ordinating all aspects of programme work in the South American
countries.   This will include implementation of country plans and
programmes; it will   also include roll out and implementation of
Trócaire organisational policies   and procedures. The RPM will work
closely with the Regional Manager and   others to implement plans to
maximise income from institutional sources.
Key   Duties & Responsibilities Programme   Management

  • With
    the Regional Manager, to take the lead in co-ordinating the   design,
    implementation and maintenance of high quality, coherent programmes   in
    the region. This will include: development of programmes;
    identification,   accompaniment and funding of projects; and advocacy
    and lobbying on relevant   issues.
  • Work
    with Programme Officers to monitor and manage the implementation   of
    programmes through partner organisations. This will include tracking of
    programme progress and spending and problem solving as needed.
  • Ensure
    that Programme Officers follow Trócaire’s procedures in the   approval
    process of programmes and projects and their implementation which
    includes complying with the Management Information System’s
    requirements.

Programme   Quality

  • Together
    with the Regional Manager ensure that Trócaire partnership   and
    programme approaches and strategies are relevant, effective and reflect
    best practices
  • Ensure
    that priority cross-cutting issues are integrated across   programmes
    and provide training and support to both staff and partners to   enable
    this integration to take place
  • Systematically
    reflect on country programme experience, research, and   overall trends
    in order to feed back into the regional programme and identify   areas
    for further work
  • Ensure
    that Programme Officers and other staff are aware of   developments,
    changes and updates at an organisational level and respond to   these
    developments at the regional level, in consultation with the Regional
    Manager.
  • Actively
    contribute to organisational learning through ensuring   systematic
    documentation, evaluation, monitoring and reporting on Trócaire
    programmes.

Partnership

  • Co-ordinate
    initiatives to encourage the building of organisational   capacity of
    partners to ensure their development and sustainability.
  • Ensure
    that Programme Officers support partners in producing timely
    proposals and reports, which comply with Trócaire standards.
  • Lead
    and co-ordinate appropriate training initiatives for local NGO   staff
    in the design and management of high quality programmes.

Management

  • Keep
    abreast of political and economic developments and report on the
    impact of macro-issues on the regional and country programmes for the
    use in   planning both regionally and internationally and also for use
    in development   education and advocacy in Ireland
  • Line management and co-ordination of the work of Programme staff

Human Resource Management

  • In collaboration with the Regional Manager implement a supervision and   performance appraisal system for staff in the region.
  • In
    collaboration with the Regional Manager, identify the training   needs
    of international and national personnel and arrange for and evaluate
    training.
  • In
    collaboration with the Regional Manager manage the recruitment and
    induction process of Programme and Finance Staff when their replacement
    is   needed

Budgeting and Financial Management

  • Assist in the preparation of annual country and regional budgets for   both programme and administration costs
  • Support the analysis, monitoring and supervision of Trócaire funds and   disbursement to partners.
  • Develop
    relationships and liaise with in-country donors, the Regional
    Institutional Funding Officer and the Institutional Funding Unit in
    mobilising institutional funding for Trócaire partners.

Advocacy

  • Co-ordinate all advocacy issues in the sub region, internally and   externally with relevant agencies.Provide regular information on context and situation to staff in Latin   American region and in Ireland.

Representation and networking

  • Contribute to the development of Trócaire’s networks and profile in   the region.
  • Represent Trócaire at events and meetings as required

Person Specification –   Essential Requirements (E)

(E)   Qualification
  • A
    relevant academic qualification at masters   level with theoretical
    knowledge of the principles and practices of   development and
    humanitarian cooperation
(E)   Experience
  • Minimum
    five years’ development experience,   with at least three working in
    the field in Latin America of which two should   be in a management
    capacity.
  • A
    thorough knowledge and understanding of the   international development
    sector, with particular reference to the specific   role of
    international NGOs
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically   and to oversee the implementation of a regional programme
  • Knowledge of the Latin American region and an   understanding of the principle causes of poverty and inequality.

 

(E)   Skills

·           Knowledge   of both development and emergency programming

·           A   thorough understanding of partnership and rights based approaches

·            A
specific knowledge of Programme Cycle   Management issues, including
development of proposals and reports,   monitoring, evaluation and
impact measurement systems.

·           A   demonstrated ability to manage personnel and human resource systems

·           A   demonstrated ability to manage budgets and financial systems

·           Fluent written and spoken   Spanish and English

  • Excellent    IT  & communication skills
(E)   Qualities
  • A strong commitment to the work of justice   and an empathy with the ethos and work of Trócaire. Team player
(E)   Other
  • Ability and willingness to travel within and   outside the region on a regular basis.

·           Person Specification – Desirable Requirements (D)

(D)   Qualification
(D) Experience
  • Specific experience of working in a NGO environment   and some years of experience in a management capacity
(D)   Skills
  • Human Resource and Financial Management
  • Analytical, report writing and presentation skills


To apply for this position please fill out the attached application form [1] and return to Jason Rice, HR Officer, Trocaire, Maynooth, Co.Kildare or email jobs@trocaire.ie [2]. Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 15th June 2011.

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