Back to top

Forests & Livelihoods Postdoctoral Fellow

Expiration Date: 

Job Summary
The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning January 2019 for work on an interdisciplinary team focusing on land-cover, social, and livelihood impacts of (1) large-scale land transactions and (2) forest sector investments in sub- Saharan Africa and Latin America through statistical analysis of remote sensing and social survey data. Our goal is to undertake systematic, quantitative analyses of the impacts of large- scale changes in land tenure and of forest sector investments on land-cover change and livelihoods, to investigate both the patterns of interactions among these outcomes and the causal effects of land tenure change and forest sector investments through a statistical matching-based approach. The position is part of multi-year projects funded by NSF and DFID that focus on Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and Brazil. This is a full-time position available with an initial appointment of one-year, renewable up to one additional year on the basis of satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate will have expertise and interests in one or more of the following areas: land-cover change analysis at multiple scales, robust statistical inference, statistical analysis of quantitative survey data, use of matching methods, and integration of remote sensing, census, and social survey datasets. A PhD in Geography, Environmental Science or Studies, Economics, another Social Science, Forestry 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.

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

How to Apply
Applicants should submit 1) a copy of their CV, 2) a 1-2 page cover letter that a) explains their interest in the position, and b) outlines their relevant skills and experience, 3) a recent publication or dissertation chapter, and 4) names and contact details (email addresses and telephone numbers) for three references in a single PDF.

Application Deadline
Applications are due November 30, 2018. NOTE: Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Additional Information

Please contact Cristy Watkins ( with questions.

At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively responds 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.