Combination of Postdoctoral Fellows

Become a Gund Postdoctoral Scholar. 

The Gund Institute will recruit postdoctoral scholars for Fall 2019 to conduct research on major global environmental challenges.

We seek exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to real-world issues in environment and sustainability. Gund Postdocs are expected to pursue rigorous, original research that spans traditional disciplines and addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

These are two-year positions. We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a $5,000 per year discretionary fund to support research costs and travel. Postdocs also benefit from professional development opportunities, including media and communications training.

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Gund Fellow as their advisor or co-advisor. Formal appointments are typically in the home units of their advisor. Co-advisors from different UVM departments are encouraged.

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

Application Process

  • Interested candidates should first contact potential advisors from among the Gund Fellows to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with potential advisors.
  • Submit an online application by March 15, 2018, including a cover letter, CV and research proposal. 
  • Applications also require a letter of support from your proposed advisor, which should be emailed directly to by your proposed advisor by March 15.
  • Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.


  • Develop additional collaborations with Gund Fellows and Affiliates on transdisciplinary research.
  • Participate actively in Gund seminars, trainings, gatherings, and other events hosted or sponsored by the Institute.
  • Communicate Gund affiliation in websites, emails, publications, and social media.
  • Acknowledge Gund financial support in all resulting publications.

Gund Postdoctoral Fellows

In addition to Gund Postdoctoral Associates, which are funded by the Gund Institute, any UVM postdoc working with a Gund Fellow or Affiliate can apply to become a Gund Postdoctoral Fellow and join our interdisciplinary community. To do so, follow the nomination process below:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows must be pursuing postdoctoral research with at least one Fellow or Affiliate at UVM.
  • To apply, the interested individual emails a CV and letter of interest to the Institute Research Coordinator. The letter should describe relevant research interests and indicate plans to engage with the Gund community.
  • The Research Coordinator makes recommendations to the Director who makes final appointment decisions.
  • Individuals supported by Gund Postdoctoral Awards are automatically appointed as Postdoctoral Fellows of the Institute.
  • Once hired by UVM, new Postdoctoral Fellows are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

About the Gund Institute

The Gund Institute for Environment is a newly expanded campus-wide center for interdisciplinary research. The Institute has more than 100 faculty fellows, global affiliates, postdocs, and graduate students, who collaborate widely to understand the interactions among natural, social, and economic systems.

Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we pursue projects that both advance research frontiers and address concrete environmental issues. Learn more about us

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. Learn more about UVM

Explore Gund Postdoc Research

Postdocs like Laura Sonter, who discovered new Amazon deforestation, drive research forward and make international news. Explore Gund Postdoc stories.

Key Dates

  • 2019 applications open Fall 2018