Future of Dams Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maine

Orono, Maine 

Organization: Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the New England Sustainability Consortium

Type of opportunity: Post doc, academic, full-time

Duties: The New England Sustainability Consortium has launched a new stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research program focused on the future of dams. Our research draws upon world-class faculty expertise at the UNH, UMaine, URI, Keene State, USM and RISD and builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science. Using dams in New England as a model system, the team will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. The team’s approach to problem solving will benefit from the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Desired qualifications: Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to solutions-focused, stakeholder engaged, interdisciplinary research and a strong commitment to solve pressing problems using innovative methods. Experience with collaborative modeling (participatory modeling or mapping, Bayesian techniques, etc.) is preferred along with a willingness to learn outside of the primary research area. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies. A Ph.D. is required by time of appointment.

Salary: $39,000 – $45,000/year

Start and end dates: June 1, 2016

Link to more information: Read more about the position online.

How to apply: Apply online. All applications must include the following materials for consideration:

1) A letter ofinterest (2-3 pages) that summarizes the candidate’s research program, qualifications for the position, interests in sustainability science, and plans for addressing the positions responsibilities

2) curriculum vitae

3) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

4) a sample of research (e.g., peer-reviewed publication)

5) names and contact information of three professional references.

 Application deadline: Review of applications will begin May 2, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.