Postdoctoral Associate (Ecosystems and Human Health)

Gund Institute (University of Vermont)

Burlington, VT, United States 🇺🇸

Position: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral associate to develop rigorous and practical models relating ecosystem changes to human health outcomes.  The position is part of a partnership among the Gund Institute, the “Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages” (HEAL) project, and WWF’s Luc Hoffmann Institute.  Together we are working to understand nature-health relationships and inform conservation and public health decisions with our findings.  The postdoc will be directed by Taylor Ricketts at The University of Vermont.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will: (i) work with a unique global dataset of household and environmental variables – supported and hosted by SESYNC – to model the effects of ecosystem change on human health; (ii) use these data to collaborate with WWF in assessing health impacts of conservation in priority watersheds; (iii) look beyond this dataset to identify and analyze additional ecosystem contributions to human health.  In all of this work, s/he will interact closely with other scientists participating in HEAL, and with scientists and field staff at WWF.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields.  Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, specific expertise in ecological and/or public health modeling, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues. We are especially seeking candidates from developing (i.e., non-OECD) countries, but will consider all applications.

Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at [email protected].  Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2016 and we anticipate a start date of September 2016.  

Setting: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain.  The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary environmental research center involving more than 50 faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Related efforts at UVM include a university-wide research initiative in Complex Systems and a growing campus-wide collaboration on ecosystem-health interactions.