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Sustainability & Development Postdoctoral Fellow

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The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research and coordination opportunity, beginning January 2019. The opportunity is in the field of Sustainability and Development. The selected candidate will work closely with the faculty team involved in this work at UM, and initially will assist in helping three of the goals of the Sustainability and Development Initiative at UM: Creation of a Sustainable Development Goals Resource book; organization of the annual sustainability and development conference, and development of an online curriculum on the topic.

The successful candidate will have expertise and interests in one or more of the following areas: the Sustainable Development Goals, SD policy and interventions, impact assessment, both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical skills, cross-sectoral/institutional collaborative experience, synthesis science, and experience organizing workshops/meetings. A PhD in Geography, Environmental Science or Studies, Economics, another Social Science, or a field related to sustainability and development 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.

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.