University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts Lab

Search for Gund Research Professor

Social-Ecological Systems

POSITION - The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Assistant Professor in social-ecological systems beginning Fall 2012. We will hire a creative individual with strong quantitative skills and interdisciplinary expertise in ecology, economics, or related natural and social sciences. The Institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where faculty and students collaborate widely to understand and help solve complex environmental problems. The Research Professor will strengthen this focus, with particular areas of expertise that might include ecosystem services; sustainable food and energy systems; climate change impacts and adaptation; landscape/seascape conservation; or related fields. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek a scientist interested in both advancing scientific frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

The position is a nine-month faculty appointment with full salary support for an expected three-year term. It is one of two non-tenure track Research Faculty positions within the Gund Institute, offering early- career scientists an opportunity to develop a research program in productive collaboration with faculty and students at UVM and elsewhere. Extending the appointment is possible based on external funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES - We expect the successful candidate to develop a widely recognized research program and to forge productive collaborations with faculty and students associated with the Institute. Responsibilities also include teaching one course per year. Research Faculty are expected to engage actively with the Gund Institute community, and with emerging campus-wide research initiatives focused on complex systems and/or food systems (

QUALIFICATIONS - Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, environmental studies, or related fields, as well as 1 to 4 years of post-doctoral experience. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, expertise in analyzing or modeling social-ecological systems, a growing record of publications and scholarly activities, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues.

APPLICATION - Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to (posting #0040301). Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2012 and we anticipate a start date of September 2012. Inquiries may be made to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and teaching. Applicants must describe in their cover letter how they will further this goal.

SETTING - The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is administered by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Research Faculty are appointed officially at the Rubenstein School. The institute has a new Director and substantial new resources, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape its future. The Gund community involves 20 Faculty Fellows, visiting scholars, and dozens of undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.