University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Researcher

Application deadline: April 21, 2017

The Gund Institute, based in Burlington, Vermont, seeks exceptional early-career scholars for interdisciplinary environmental research.

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is recruiting one or more Postdoctoral Associates to pursue research at the interface of environmental, social, and economic systems.

We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to important sustainability challenges. These two-year positions are the first in a new competitive postdoctoral program.

About the position

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with UVM scholars and the institute’s wide network of external colleagues, and to participate actively in seminars, workshops, and other events hosted by the institute.

We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000 /year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is summer 2017.

About the Gund Institute

The Gund Institute mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems. More than 60 faculty, postdocs, students, and staff collaborate to study the interactions between people and nature and to build a more sustainable future.

To fulfill its mission, the institute catalyzes cross-cutting research, nurtures a global community of scholars, and connects findings to local and global decision-makers. The Gund Institute is poised to broaden its scope significantly, with substantial new resources to support this growth.

Eligibility and application

Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural or social sciences, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.

If interested, first contact potential advisors (Gund Fellows) to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with proposed advisors. Then, submit an online application by April 21. Applications comprise a cover letter, CV, letter of support from your proposed advisor, and research proposal (see below). Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.

Research proposals (maximum 2000 words, excluding references) should include the following sections:

  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Introduction and problem statement
  • Objectives
  • Approach and methods
  • Expected outcomes
  • Significance: both scientific and to broader issues in sustainability
  • Relevance to Gund Institute research themes
  • Timeline of activities
  • References

About the University of Vermont

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont's land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America's best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

For further information or questions, please contact Jeannine Valcour at jeannine.valcour@uvm.edu.