Water in the West Early Career Fellowship, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Organization: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Stanford Law School’s Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution

Contact: Applications and inquiries should be submitted electronically to Megan Glatzel.


  • Conducting interviews and observing meetings to understand the roles and views of various agencies and stakeholders involved in data platform development.
  • Co-developing metrics for each pilot study and the data necessary to assess project success.
  • Conducting a review of literature on the use of data platforms in decision-making
  • Identifying and documenting additional case studies of the use of data platforms in environmental decision-making.
  • Analyzing and summarizing data to produce interim and final reports summarizing project progress to date and lessons learned.
  • Produce reports, academic journal articles, white papers, research briefs, blog posts, web site content, and other written material summarizing project progress to date and lessons learned.
  • Presenting research findings for academic, policy focused, and public audiences.
  • Representing Water in the West as needed at conferences or events.

Desired qualifications: Applicants must have received a terminal graduate degree (i.e. PhD and/or JD) in the last five years and be fluent English speakers and writers. Successful candidates will have demonstrated: (1) strong experience in communicating research to a variety of audiences in both written and oral format; (2) strong social science research skills using a range of relevant methods; (3) experience with interdisciplinary collaborations; (4) substantial course work and/or experience in water law, water policy, water management, hydrology, or related fields; (5) a growing record of scholarly or other activities of high impact in their field; and (6) a commitment to communicating about solutions to the problem of water scarcity in the American West.

Start and end dates: The initial term of the fellowship is for 12 months, renewable up to a three-year term contingent on performance, funding, and fit.

Salary/pay: Fellows will also receive health insurance coverage and limited support for travel and supplies.  Compensation will be consistent with Stanford’s postdoctoral fellow program.

How to apply: Applicants should submit: A letter of interest; curriculum vitae; contact information for three references, including at least one from an academic advisor and one from someone who is familiar with applicant’s professional abilities; copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official copies will be required for finalists); and two relevant writing samples or links to online and social media posts to Megan Glatzel.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on Jan. 9, 2017.