Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Ecology

The New School

New York, NY, US

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Title:Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Ecology
Requisition Number:0106071430
LocationNew York City
Position Type:Full Time Faculty
Position Status:Full-Time
Department:NSPE/Dean’s Office

The New School’s Environmental Studies program seeks an urban ecology postdoctoral scientist to examine the role and value of urban social-ecosystems in the context of resilience and sustainability planning in cities. This research program can be focused on New York City but may also be linked to related local and international interdisciplinary teams of urban social-ecological system researchers in related projects including the URExSRN, ENABLE, and others.

The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. The New School, a private university in New York City’s Greenwich Village, serves undergraduate and graduate students across a range of fields with a commitment to bringing practices in design and social research to studying issues of our time and challenging students to become engaged citizens dedicated to solving programs and contributing to the public good.

The Post-doctoral Fellow in Urban Ecology will be expected to teach two courses annually in the Environmental Studies BA/BS program. They will additionally participate in an ongoing research program and develop new research based on their interest and expertise with faculty in the Environmental Studies program as well as with other university and external colleagues.

Potential areas of research include:
● Green infrastructure and urban climate change adaptation
● Economic valuation of urban ecosystem services
● Multi-criteria analysis of urban social-ecological system dynamics
● Ecological resilience and functional diversity
● Land use and land cover change modeling and scenarios
● Cross-city urban biodiversity and ecosystem comparisons among US and European cities
● Urban systems impacts on urban ecosystem connectivity, structure, and function

Minimum Qualifications:

This interdisciplinary position is open to scientists from diverse backgrounds including in ecological economics, landscape ecology, urban ecology, urban geography, and related areas of the social sciences. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the position start date. Prior experience with urban ecosystem research is desirable. The successful applicant must be adept at working with multiple researchers with varying backgrounds in urban ecology, including geographers, landscape and urban planners, biophysical scientists, and environmental educators. Strong organization, communication and writing skills are also required for coordinating research with international colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

This position is open to candidates with expertise in the natural or social sciences. The following skills are highly desirable:
● Undergraduate teaching experience especially in ecology and urban related sciences
● Excellent geospatial analytical skills including in ArcGIS and related software as they apply to environmental and social phenomena and/or landscape ecology applications
● Strong statistical analysis skills
● Familiarity with ecosystem services analysis and/or scenario modeling
● Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment
● Excellent research design, organization, communication, writing, and statistics skills

The expected start date is July 1, 2017. The primary location for this 12-month postdoctoral position will be at The New School’s Environmental Studies Program. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for one additional year. The New School offers competitive salary and a full benefits package.

The New School is committed to maintaining a diverse educational and creative community, a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment. The University is engaged in a diversity initiative and we encourage individuals from groups underrepresented in U.S. higher education to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or marital status.

Job Family:The New School
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applicants will begin in January 2017. Applicants should submit: a cover letter that highlights the applicant’s skills and abilities in areas relevant to this position; curriculum vitae; teaching and research statement; up to three representative publications; names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references.

Posting Date:10/21/2016
Closing Date: 
Open Until FilledYes