Sustainability and Development Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Job Summary

The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning July 2019, focusing on research products related to sustainability and development and also the coordination of tasks for the Sustainability and Development Initiative (SDI). The SDI currently consists of an annual conference, and additional components are in development: an online curriculum, publishing options, and a Sustainability and Development Resource book. The postdoc will play a leading role in developing the resource book, which seeks to bring together the best available knowledge about the mechanisms and interventions that have already demonstrated promise for achieving the 17 SDGs. The Sustainability and Development Resource Book will have an initial focus on 1) poverty and 2) hunger. The candidate will undertake literature review and syntheses, while also organizing and facilitating a collaborative process with practitioners and policy-makers to collate data and insights from non-peer reviewed sources. The candidate may also collaborate with other staff and post docs in the implementation of the annual Sustainability and Development Conference, to be held in October 2019.

The successful candidate will have expertise and interests in one or more of the following areas: the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable development policy and interventions, impact assessment, systematic review methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical skills. The candidate will have cross-sectoral/institutional collaborative experience, and experience organizing large conferences or events and have significant experience overseeing projects and personnel. A PhD in Geography, Environmental Science or Studies, Economics, another Social Science, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Experience working internationally is strongly desired.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world's premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment. The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is a diverse collection of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting. SEAS’ mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. The school contributes new scientific knowledge, visionary leadership, and trained professionals toward that end. A professional school set within a major research university, SEAS provides a model of interdisciplinary and applied research and a focal point of research and teaching on sustainability. The incumbent in this position would work with faculty and staff in the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) group at SEAS, but regularly engage with faculty from many different schools and departments at the university.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include employee health and dental insurance. 

Additional Information

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit, as one single pdf (uploaded in resume section) 1) a 1-2 page cover letter that a) explains their interest in the position, and b) outlines their relevant skills and experience, 2) a copy of their CV, 3) a recent publication or dissertation chapter, and 4) names and contact details (email addresses and telephone numbers) for three references.   If your file is too large, you may submit your publication/chapter to Cristy Watkins ( ). 

Please contact Cristy Watkins ( with questions. 

The application deadline is March 21, 2019