University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts Lab

Post-doc position open: Ecosystems and Human Health

Position: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop rigorous and practical models linking ecosystem changes with changes in human health.  The position is part of a new international consortium, comprising more than 25 universities and NGOs, to analyze and quantify relationships between the state of ecosystems and public health.  This “Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages” (HEAL) project aims both to understand these relationships better and to inform conservation and public health decisions with our findings.  The 3-year position will be directed by Taylor Ricketts at The University of Vermont and co-advised by Sam Myers, Research Scientist at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Responsibilities: The postdoctoral researcher will: assess existing empirical and modeling efforts at the interface of ecosystem services and human health; identify promising ecosystems and health outcomes to focus on; and develop and test models linking ecosystem change with changes in human health.  The post-doctoral researcher will interact closely with Dr. Myers and other HEAL members, as well as with the Natural Capital Project, another university-NGO partnership focused on mapping and modeling ecosystem services (

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields by June 2012.  Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, broad expertise in analyzing social-ecological systems, specific experience in ecological and/or public health modeling, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues.

Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at  Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2012 and we anticipate a start date of summer 2012. 

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 a transdisciplinary environmental research center involving 20 Faculty Fellows, visiting scholars, and graduate students ( Related efforts at UVM include a university-wide research initiative in Complex Systems and a growing campus-wide collaboration on ecosystem-health interactions. 

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.