Postdoctoral Scholar (Food-energy-water nexus)

Penn State University
University Park, PA, United States
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Penn State’s College of Engineering and Sustainability Institute seek to hire a dynamic, motivated, and creative individual to support a university-wide collaborative program in sustainability assessment modeling at the food-energy-water nexus. Specifically, this scholar will work with researchers across the university to develop integrated models to describe the biophysical, socioeconomic, and policy components of food-energy-water systems in defined areas of interest, and validate these models at local, regional, and national scales. The position includes extensive data analytics, systems modeling, management of personnel in interdisciplinary teams, and the preparation of high-quality publications and proposals.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. in a sustainability-related field (ex., Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering; Demography; Environmental Engineering/Science; Natural Resource Management; Sociology; etc.); Experience in sustainability assessment, such as: life cycle analysis; complex systems modeling; supply chain analysis; political-industrial ecology; socio-ecological systems; and decision making under uncertainty; Experience with data collection and community engagement in developed and developing regions a plus, as travel opportunities may be available; Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; Successful track record in publishing and proposal writing.

The position may begin as early as June 2019, with a latest possible start date September 1, 2019. This is a one-year appointment with potential for renewal.

To apply, submit a cover letter highlighting your skills relevant to this position, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and a list of three personal references online at

Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact the principal investigator, Dr. Rachel Brennan ( ), for more information on the position.