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The Gund Institute hosts exceptional postdoctoral scholars who conduct research on major global environmental challenges.

Our scholars connect interdisciplinary research to real-world issues in environment and sustainability.  Gund Postdocs  pursue rigorous, original research that spans traditional disciplines and advances Gund  research themes.

These two-year positions have an annual salary based on experience, plus benefits, and a discretionary fund for research costs and travel. Postdocs also benefit from professional development opportunities, including communications and policy training.

The Gund Institute is committed to building an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives  are active and welcome. We encourage applicants who bring diverse perspectives to our community


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Postdoctoral Fellow in Values, Identity, Behavior and the Environment

The Gund Institute for Environment is recruiting an exceptional postdoctoral researcher for the project titled “Starting with behavior’ to understand links between pro-environmental behavior, values, and identity.” We seek a creative, motivated postdoctoral fellow for a project that investigates interactions between pro-environmental behavior, identity, and values – with an approach that flips the standard research paradigm by ‘starting with behavior’. The study will explore, via a set of three experiments, whether taking action leads to changes in values and identity and begins a positive feedback loop. Specifically, we will measure whether participants who engage in easily identifiable pro-environmental behaviors exhibit subsequent changes in environmental identity, values, and engagement in other pro-environmental behaviors (i.e., behavioral “spillover”).

For more details, see the full advertisement.

All applications received before 11:59 pm EDT on March 18, 2024, will be considered. Expected start date is September 1, 2024.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Spatial Modeling of Nature Experience and Health

A photo of an Oura ring used in UVM research on nature and health in the LEMURS project.

The Gund Institute and UVM Complex Systems Center seek an exceptional scientist for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Modeling of Nature Experience and Health. This postdoc will develop rigorous and practical spatial models relating natural areas and human behavior to health and well-being outcomes. The postdoc will join the Lived Experiences Measured Using Rings Study (LEMURS), an ongoing longitudinal cohort study aimed at understanding and incentivizing healthy behaviors.

For more details, see the full advertisement.

All applications received before 11:59 pm EDT on February 15, 2024 will be considered. The posting will remain open until filled. Expected start date is May 1, 2024.


About the Gund Institute

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont is a research center dedicated to understanding and tackling the world’s most critical environmental challenges. Driven by the belief that research should inspire action, the Institute takes a cross-sector approach to solving environmental issues with stakeholders from government, business, and broader society. The Institute focuses on five interconnected research themes: climate solutions, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, equity and justice, and resilient communities. With over 250 scholars in Vermont and across the world, the Institute brings together a network of internationally recognized researchers from diverse disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, business, health, technology, engineering, and the humanities.

About the University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Today, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelor’s to M.D. programs. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM provides students endless ways to explore the world, challenge ideas, and dig in on the most pressing issues of our time.

Postdocs Currently at UVM

UVM postdocs working with Gund Fellows or Affiliates are not eligible for this Fellowship, but can join our interdisciplinary community as a Gund Postdoctoral Fellow. To do so, follow the nomination process below:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows must be pursuing postdoctoral research with at least one Fellow or Affiliate at UVM.
  • Interested individuals should email Benjamin Morgan (Gund Office Manager) for further details on submitting an application for communication affiliation. As part of this process, you will be asked for a letter describing relevant research interests and indicating plans to engage with the Gund community. We will also reach out to your Gund advisor for a recommendation.
  • The Program Manager 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.

Explore Gund Postdoc Research

Gund postdocs like Drew Christ—who revealed Greenland ice's vulnerability to climate change—lead innovative research and make global headlines. Explore Gund Postdoc stories.


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Key Dates

  • Posting will remain open until the position is filled.
  • Expected start date: May 1, 2024
  • See position listings for specific deadlines.


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