Florida International University
Global and Sociocultural Studies

The Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies (GSS) at Florida International University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Human Geography at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2016. The department seeks applicants specializing in the cultural, social, or political-economic aspects of climate change, with a specific focus on the impacts of sea level rise. Geographic area and research topic are open, but we are particularly interested in research interests that relate sea level rise to human mobility themes such as immigrant communities, human migration, community displacement, and diasporic communities. The position offers opportunities to collaborate in campus-wide initiatives such as the Sea Level Solutions Center ( ) and the Extreme Events Institute. Candidates should have a record of or explicit interest in pursuing external funding for interdisciplinary, collaborative research on sea level rise. A Ph.D. in geography by the time of appointment is required. 

Global & Sociocultural Studies is a dynamic, multidisciplinary, doctoral degree-granting department in a large, urban, public research university. The department integrates geography, anthropology, and sociology around three core research and teaching themes: nature-society; migrations and diasporas; and identities and inequalities. Please visit our website,, for more information on the department. 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID (510813) at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and sample publication as individual files. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information of three academic referees who will be notified upon submission of the application. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Ulrich Oslender uoslende[at] To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by February 19, 2016. Review will continue until position is filled.

Masaryk University
Department of Environmental Studies

The department of Environmental Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies (FSS) of Masaryk University (MU) is inviting applications for *one full time doctoral* and *one post-doctoral researcher*

Situated in Brno, with its large and vibrant student community, MU is the second largest Czech university and has an internationally respected research program and state-of-the-art infrastructure. FSS is continuously receiving top ratings among social sciences faculties. The Department of Environmental Studies, with its background in environmental sociology and environmental evaluation, takes as its starting point the historic and cultural causes of the environmental crisis and looks for possible solutions in the areas of social, economic, legal and political studies while interacting with the natural sciences. Moreover our department has a track record of international collaboration and close relationships with research centres throughout Europe.

More information about the department can be found here:

Successful candidates will join a large new project (MEDEAS) funded under the European Union H2020 program of which our department is a partner. MEDEAS runs over four years, is represented by a consortium from all over Europe (12 partners) and led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The goal of this ambitious project is to develop a leading-edge policy tool based on WoLiM, TIMES and LEAP models and incorporating Input-Output Analysis (IOA) that allows for accounting of environmental, social and economic impacts of pathways in a transition towards a post-carbon economy. Both future position holders will benefit from the assistance of our highly qualified and helpful admin personnel and the availability of student assistants, as our department is committed to creating sufficient space and time to focus on research outcomes.

*General responsibilities*

Successful applicants will build upon the prior research of the Principle Investigator at MU (Dr. Christian Kerschner) and colleagues, i.e. the analysis of economic impacts and vulnerabilities in the face of resource limitations such as Peak-Oil, using IOA and other quantitative methods. In close collaboration with other partners (in particular with Dr. Hubacek via IIASA in Austria), these approaches are to be integrated into MEDEAS’ policy tool. Moreover successful candidates will bring in their own skills and interests plus acquire new ones, to creatively push ahead the current frontiers in economic impact and vulnerability research on the path towards a post-carbon society. The results of this research will be in the form of project reports and publications in top scientific journals. Both positions will involve travelling to project meetings across Europe.

*Specific responsibilities of the Doctoral Researcher*

The doctoral researcher will participate in the doctoral program of the department and will be co-supervised by the Post-Doctoral Researcher and Dr. Kerschner. Her/his PhD project will be embedded in and facilitated by the MEDEAS project, with ample possibilities to explore individual interests and research agendas. Completion of her/his PhD within four years is expected. Additional tasks may include: specific research and computational and administrative tasks related to the MEDEAS project; assistance with teaching duties if necessary, participation in departmental activities, etc.

*Specific responsibilities of the Post-Doctoral Researcher*

Delivering and guiding high quality, innovative research outcomes in the form of scientific journal articles and reports both as necessary for MEDEAS and the successful candidates’ own research agenda; assuring the timely delivery of research outcomes; overall day-to-day management and coordination of MU’s tasks and work-packages in MEDEAS; co-supervision of the PhD candidate and minor teaching duties (max. 1.5h/week for 12 weeks/year).

*Selection Criteria*

*Doctoral Researcher:* high level undergraduate and master degree in Ecological Economics, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Studies, Regrowth, Energy Economics, Energy Analysis, Societal Metabolism, Applied Economics or related field(s). Excellence in academic writing. Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary quantitative and/or methodological research. Commitment and ability to undertake doctoral studies evidenced through a study plan proposal. Strong communication, presentation and team-working skills. Ability to work independently. Enthusiasm about environmental and energy related issues. Also desirable: Publications in scientific outlets, experience with project work and IOA or similar methods.

*Post-Doctoral Researcher:* doctoral degree in the area of Ecological Economics, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Studies, Degrowth, Energy Analysis, Societal Metabolism, Energy Economics or related field(s). Advanced understanding of and great interest in environmental, biophysical and energy related issues. Strong prior experience in quantitative methods and modelling, in particular IOA. Prior experience with third party funded project work. Ability to professionally present research outcomes e.g. at scientific conferences. Analytical capacities as demonstrated by scientific publications.

*Application Process*

Applicants should submit a letter of interest (max. 5 pages), curriculum vitae (including list of publications), contact information for three referees and samples of the candidates work (e.g. his/her best research article) to Mikuláš Černík (mikulas.cernik[at] and Eva Dopplerová (doppler[at]  The review of applications will start *Monday 11h of January 2016* until both positions are filled. Starting date is as soon as possible after selection. For queries please contact: christian.kerschner[at];

Northeastern Illinois University
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Assistant Professor –Tenure track, PhD is required by time of appointment. The successful candidate will play a leading role in the department’s environmental policy and management track of the Environmental Studies B.A., and will contribute to the Geography & Environmental Studies M.A. program. Courses will likely include Environmental Policy, Resource Management, Environmental Land Use Planning, and Sustainable Development. A related research agenda is required. Expertise in urban environmental issues is a plus. Teaching and/or professional experience is highly desirable. 

G&ES is a strong and growing department, actively engaged in campus and community issues. NEIU’s Chicago location provides unparalleled networking opportunities with government agencies, environmental NGOs, universities, and the private sector.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research plan, and contact information for three references (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness) to ges-search[at] with subject “Environmental Policy Position.” Please attach all of your application materials as one PDF file. Priority will be given to applications received by February 1, 2016. Appointment begins August 2016. For more information please consult

University of Idaho
Geography Department

Open Rank Assistant/Associate/Full Professor. with research focus on quantitative approaches to either human or physical aspects of climate change. This hire will contribute expertise to transdisciplinary research in climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and mitigation at the University of Idaho. Relevant theme areas would include (but are not limited to) climate change impacts to water, energy and food resources, or human health; societal adaptation to climate change impacts; mitigation of future climate change through socioeconomic means. The position will have responsibilities in research, teaching, service, and undergraduate and graduate advising. A hire at the Assistant level requires evidence of outstanding potential for effective teaching and scholarly research. A hire at the rank of Associate or Full Professor requires evidence of highly effective teaching and graduate student mentoring, as well as a strong record of research and extramural funding commensurate with rank.

-Ph.D. in geography, environmental science, or related field (by August 17, 2016).
-Research focus on climate change impacts, adaptation, or mitigation in human and/or natural systems
-Employs geospatial technologies or spatially-explicit quantitative methods in their research, including explicit use of climate or impact data, emissions data or related socioeconomic data
-Demonstrated research productivity, commensurate with rank, through refereed publications 
-Potential for high-quality teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in geography.
-Ability to develop an externally funded research program

The job functions related to teaching/advising and research/scholarship constitute the bulk of the responsibilities for this position. Outreach and service functions are a relatively small percentage of the total job description and are at a level similar to those at other research institutions.

Please direct inquiries and/or questions to search committee chair Dr. John Abatzoglou (jabatzoglou[at]

Closing Date:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but screening of completed applications will begin on January 6, 2016.

University of New Mexico
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The successful candidate will contribute to research, teaching and academic life in the department and will have expertise in Geographic Information Science (GISscience).  


Candidates should be capable of teaching courses across our spatial methods curriculum and supporting Master's (and eventually PhD) students in a variety of projects that range from spatial analysis and modeling to spatial statistics and geovisualization, all while maintaining an active research agenda in GISscience. Candidates whose research engages with Latin America will be given preference in the hiring process.  Salary is competitive. Applicants who are appointed to a UM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial appointment with UNM.


Minimum qualifications: this position requires a Geography or related field and specialization in GIScience in hand by application date and ability to join the faculty in Fall of 2016. 


Preferred Qualifications: strong applications will demonstrate evidence of (1) successful undergraduate and graduate teaching at the university level, (2) the capacity to advise and direct graduate students, (3) an active research agenda in GISscience, that may include but is not limited to, spatial analysis and modeling, spatial statistics or geovisualization, (4) an interest in GIScience program development (5) expertise in Latin America and (6) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.


The successful candidate will be joining the geography department that is passionate about teaching and research in both environmental studies, and GIScience. We provide innovative curricular programs that are relevant to current, real-world problems, and that are strongly coupled with our individual research expertise. We also enjoy a variety of collaborative partnerships with other units and scholars across campus. 


The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


Applicants should apply at UNMjobs.  Applications must include a cover letter, C.V. and list of three (3) references by January 8, 2016 for best consideration.  Please note that you must complete the application in FULL with ATTACHMENTS before you submit.

Questions can be addressed to Melinda Harm Benson, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001.  Email:  mhbenson[at]  


Rice University
Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

The Humanities Research Center, in collaboration with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS <> ), will host a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars in the emergent field of energy humanities. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions.

Since hosting the 2011-12 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures on “Cultures of Energy: Global Economics and Local Communities,” Rice has emerged as an international center of humanistic inquiry into questions of energy transition, bringing the insights and expertise of the humanities into debates over how to address the profound energy challenges facing the planet and its environments in the 21stcentury.

The position is for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018. The Fellow will receive a $50,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include taking part in faculty research groups, helping to organize a campus-wide speakers series, and participating in Rice’s annual Cultures of Energy Spring Research Symposium. In addition, the Fellow will develop or continue his/her own research project as well as design and teach two semester-long undergraduate courses, one will be an introductory course on energy and environmental humanities and the other on a topic in the Fellow’s home discipline, to be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.

We seek excellent scholars whose research and teaching interests focus on energy and energy transitions or on the environmental impacts of current patterns and magnitudes of energy use such as climate change, sea level rise, or species extinction. We welcome applicants from any discipline or interdiscipline in the human sciences including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, history, literary studies, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, visual studies and the arts. Applicants must have received a PhD between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

Application Materials:
  • Letter of interest, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of energy humanities
  • Two page CV [please list the three references who will submit letters of recommendation by the January 19 deadline]
  • Research project abstract of no more than 200 words
  • Research project description of no more than 1000 words
  • Course proposal for a one-semester course for undergraduate students (either an introductory or advanced course)
  • Three letters of recommendation [to be emailed directly to Adriana Chiaramonti (acc14[at] by the January 19 deadline]

Lancaster University
Environment Centre 

Salary: Professorial - minimum £62,086
Closing Date:   Friday 08 January 2016
Interview Date:   Thursday 11 February 2016 
Reference:  A1396

Lancaster University wishes to appoint an exceptional academic with vision and ambition to grow and lead ‘Political Ecology’ as a distinct and vibrant research cluster in the UK. We seek an outstanding candidate with proven leadership skills whose research and teaching interests are in areas that offer critical perspectives on human-environmental issues and change. Reflecting political ecology’s multi-dimensionality, relevant themes addressed at Lancaster Environment Centre include (but are not limited to) food security, environmental justice, resource extraction, bioeconomy, water, urban natures, climate politics, science and technology, and the Anthropocene. We understand political ecology (broadly defined) to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature. Candidates’ research backgrounds may be in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental sociology and other cognate disciplines.

Lancaster University has a reputation for delivering research and teaching with impact at the highest level across the social sciences. We work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, civil society and private sector partners. It is expected that you will have a strong record of income generation and that you have a clear vision and plan for developing and promoting political ecology at Lancaster Environment Centre. You will be able to work within the dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary ‘Society and Environment’ research group and engage with other clusters of expertise across the University. You will be able to build upon recent initiatives such as the Department’s first political ecology conference and new international research network, POLLEN. Teaching responsibilities will initially be modest to enable the development of a world class research portfolio.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Kevin Jones (Head of Department) k.c.jones[at], tel. 01524 510230, Dr Ben Neimark, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510592, b.neimark[at] or Dr John Childs, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510242, j.childs[at]