Jobs

London School of Economics
Department of Geography and Environment

Salary from £33,784 to £40,867 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £43,973 pa inclusive This is a fixed term appointment for 1 year

You will contribute to teaching in the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as carrying out administrative duties.

You will preferably have a PhD in a relevant subject or be close to completing it. In addition, you will have expertise field of environmental social science; in particular, environment & development, environmental geography, environmental policy & politics, political ecology but this could be applied environmental economics/ecological economics, environmental assessment or environmental science & policy. Some experience of university-level teaching is essential.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk quoting reference 1549618.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 26th May 2016 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews will take place on 13/14 June 2016. 


University of California, Los Angeles
California Center for Sustainable Communities

The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA is seeking an experienced documentarian / ethnographer with a background in environmental and sustainability issues for a 20-month project starting mid-June 2016. 

The overall objective of this project is to develop an advanced energy community infrastructure within the City of Claremont, CA. This infrastructure will include a set of volunteer-based subcommittees comprised of various levels of city government, as well as homeowner, realtor, business, education and faith-based community members, capable of executing and maintaining comprehensive, city-wide community engagement and deployment of education initiatives, with the goal of implementing energy efficiency upgrades, structural retrofits and installation of solar panels for existing buildings within disadvantaged communities. The project aims to effectively reach building owners to educate and engage them toward this end, as well as to aggregate energy efficiency/production products and services.  Additional project elements include an assessment of local obstacles to state code implementation, through a review of local codes and ordinances, planning/building department processes, design standards, inspection procedures and enforcement policies.   

The primary responsibility of the writer/ethnographer will be to record the process by which these efforts are undertaken, the results, and the lessons learned, in order to create a comprehensive set of documents that can be used to translate and replicate this model in other cities. This documentation will also serve as the basis for presentations and journal articles by the project team. This may include guidebooks, “roadmaps,” brochures, videography, graphic representations, short biographies of participants, storytelling, timelines, and reference materials.

This work will be accomplished through close collaboration with other team members, including “shadowing” and interviews, participation in team meetings and community meetings, as well as through independent research as needed. The job will require at least weekly travel to the city of Claremont, CA (mileage reimbursement is provided in addition to salary).

The successful applicant will function as a critical member of the project team, contributing to the conceptualization of documentation deliverables in order to best achieve the overall goals of the project. Draft and final products will need to be developed on a rapid turnaround time to meet strictly prescribed project deliverable due dates.

Skills/Experience:

       Outstanding writing and graphic design skills, effective in clearly communicating complex information to a range of audiences.

       Experience interviewing and documenting social networks and government processes related to environmental / sustainability issues.

       Advanced degree in a related field preferred

       Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

       Able to professionally represent UCLA and the project team in government and community settings

       Must be able to work collaboratively and congenially within a team setting

       High level of fluency in word processing and presentation software – MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Adobe InDesign.

Applicants should provide a cover letter / statement of interest, CV, full contact information for at least 3 references, and examples of previous work.

This position comes with full UCLA benefits. 


University of California, Berkley
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley is seeking candidates for appointment to the Academic Specialist series to support research and policy projects at the Don Vial Center for Employment in the Green Economy in the Center for Labor Research and Education. Appointments within the Specialist series are academic appointments at UC Berkeley, implying a path toward independent and original research.

The Don Vial Center works in partnership with labor, environmental justice, and environmental organizations, as well as public agencies and policy-makers, to conduct research and analysis identifying the challenges and opportunities for working people associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The appointee will conduct research under the supervision of the Chair and Associate Chair of the Don Vial Center on climate policy, the energy industry, and job issues, including policy analysis and economic impact studies. Job duties include: Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis; provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders; and assist with and/or write research and policy briefs. Appointees to the Associate Specialist and full Specialist ranks will oversee projects of increasing scope and complexity and will participate in efforts to secure grants.

Basic/Minimum Qualification required at time of application:
• Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in public policy, economics, geography, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications required by the start date:
• At least two years of post-degree work experience conducting policy research or demonstration of equivalent skills
• Demonstrated understanding of California and/or national policy issues related to labor and climate policies
• Demonstrated experience with qualitative and/or quantitative analysis
• Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports and other communications
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
• Meticulous, detail oriented, and sensitive to nuanced information
• Ability to interact with a diverse population and to handle multiple tasks

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s or equivalent degree in public policy, economics, geography, or a related field
• Positive relationships with staff of labor organizations and environmental justice organizations, and experience engaging stakeholders on labor, climate, equity, and energy issues
• Experience in the field of industrial relations
• Demonstrated skills communicating complex information effectively to a variety of audiences 
• Experience developing policy proposals
• At the Associate Specialist and full Specialist ranks, a record of publication in the field is preferred, including papers and/or policy briefs, etc.

Salary range is commensurate with experience. This position will be full time (100%) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding.

To apply, please upload your most recently updated Resume or Curriculum Vitae; a cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications; a writing sample, preferably on a related topic; and contact information for three references to https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00999.

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

The position will be open until filled, with an anticipated start date of June or July 2016. Please address any inquiries to Megan Collins at meganjcollins[at]berkeley.edu.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

LEARN MORE
More information about IRLE and this recruitment: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu

https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00999


Rutgers University
Geography Department

The Department of Geography invites applications for an Assistant Instructor in Environmental Geography.  This full-time, non-tenure track position begins in Fall 2016 and is renewable annually. The position includes teaching our large introductory human-environment course "Transforming the Global Environment" (twice per year), our large introductory physical geography course "Earth Systems" (once or twice per year), an introductory course in Geographical Information Systems or another techniques course, and/or an upper level course reflecting the instructor’s area of expertise and the teaching needs of the department. The position also entails assisting with advising of undergrad majors and minors in one or more of our three undergraduate degree programs (Geography, Environmental Studies, International and Global Studies).  Entry level instructor salary at Rutgers is $55,000 plus health and retirement benefits. Additional information about the Department of Geography and Rutgers University can be found at geography.rutgers.edu
QUALIFICATIONS
Required qualifications: PhD (or ABD with a defense date prior to September 1, 2016) in Geography or a closely related discipline, teaching experience in a college or university setting in geography or a related discipline. Experience in teaching large classes (100-300 students) is desirable. 
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Candidates should upload the following: cover letter, CV, statement of teaching interests and experience, and three letters of recommendation. For additional information about the position or the application process, please contact Professor Robin Leichenko, Chair, Department of Geography at robin.leichenko@rutgers.edu. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. 

http://apply.interfolio.com/34547


Texas A&M University
Geography Department

The Department of Geography invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor. The position will focus on teaching introductory and upper level courses in human geography or human-environment geography. The visiting assistant professor will be required to teach 2 classes during the Fall and Spring semesters. VAPs are expected to publish and conduct research during the time of appointment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. The appointment is for one year.

The Department of Geography has 20 faculty members with strengths in biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, human geography, human-environment relationships and GIST (Geographic Information Science and Technology) (http://geography.tamu.edu). We are based in the College of Geosciences (http://geosciences.tamu.edu) with the Departments of Atmospheric Science, Geology & Geophysics, and Oceanography, and play a major role in the Environmental Programs in Geosciences. The College of Geosciences also includes Sea Grant, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Texas A&M University, a land-,sea-, and space-grant university, is located in a metropolitan area with a dynamic and international community of 175,000 people.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three referees to Dr. David Cairns (cairns@tamu.edu), Department Head, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843-3147. We will begin reviewing applications on March 22, 2016. Please indicate availability at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in San Francisco as we will be interviewing at that time. Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented ethnic groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Texas A&M University also has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career partners (hr.tamu.edu/employment/dual-career.html).

http://jobs.aag.org/c/job.cfm?job=27048351&vnet=0&max=50&str=1&t731=280540&long=1


Universität Augsburg
Energy Geographer

An der Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik der Universität Augsburg sind am Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie mit Schwerpunkt Ressourcenstrategien ab 01. April 2016 zwei Stellen für eine/einen

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter

(Vergütung bis zu Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)

 

im Umfang von 62,5 v. H. der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit in auf zwei Jahre befristeten Beschäftigungsverhältnissen  zu besetzen.

Die künftigen Stelleninhaberinnen / die künftigen Stelleninhaber haben mit einer Lehrverpflichtung von 5 Lehrveranstaltungsstunden an der akademischen Lehre im Bereich Humangeographie in allen Studiengängen der Geographie (Bachelor, Master, Lehramt) mitzuwirken. In der Lehre liegen die Schwerpunkte auf Teilbereichen der Humangeographie wie Bevölkerungs-, Sozial- oder Politischer Geographie sowie Mensch-Umwelt-Forschung und Methoden der Humangeographie. Die Stellen dienen der wissenschaftlichen Weiterqualifikation mit dem Ziel der Promotion. Ferner werden die Beteiligung und Übernahme von Aufgaben der akademischen Selbstverwaltung sowie die Mitarbeit in den Arbeitsschwerpunkten und Forschungsprojekten des Lehrstuhls erwartet.

Einstellungsvoraussetzungen sind ein überdurchschnittlich gut abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium der Geographie mit humangeographischem Schwerpunkt. Erwartet werden Vertrautheit mit empirischen Methoden der Sozialforschung, Bereitschaft und Motivation für empirische Erhebungen sowie mindestens gute Englischkenntnisse.

Die erforderlichen Qualifikationen sind bereits in den Bewerbungsunterlagen durch entsprechende Zeugnisse nachzuweisen.

Wir suchen teamfähige und engagierte Personen mit Kenntnissen der Humangeographie. Projekt- und Auslanderfahrung sowie Interesse an Fragen der Ressourcengeographie, Entwicklungs- oder Transformationsforschung sind erwünscht.

Die Universität Augsburg hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, den Anteil weiblicher Beschäftigter bei ihren Beschäftigten zu erhöhen und fordert Frauen ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung auf. Schwer- behinderte Bewerberinnen und Bewerber werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Ihre Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse, Motivationsschreiben) sowie mit einem Textauszug aus Ihrer Abschlussarbeit (Gliederung, Schlusskapitel und ggf. Zusammenfassung), bevorzugt in einer einzigen PDF-Datei, richten Sie bitte bis

04. März 2016

an Prof. Dr. M. Schmidt, Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie mit Schwerpunkt Ressourcenstrategien, Universität Augsburg, Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg;  schmidt[at]geo.uni-augsburg.de



NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP)
Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity: Economic Incentives for
Stormwater Management, Environmental Control and Climate Change Resilience
 
Human activity has had major impacts on natural water and energy cycles, and their intersection is quite evident in large urban areas. Urbanization has led to removal of tree cover and extension of connected impervious surface, interrupting both infiltration and evapotranspiration ecosystem services. Stream capacity and conveyance of stormwater are ecosystem services that have been treated as open access resources and as a result have been unsustainably exploited in many areas. One result is that excessive stormwater flows have damaged stream structure and ecological communities; another is water contamination from combined sewer overflows. Additionally, removal of trees in urban areas has altered surface energy patterns and consequently has exacerbated the urban heat island effect, thus increasing both heating and cooling loads, with resultant increased carbon emissions.
 
Stormwater management (SWM) is today a major focus of environmental management across the nation, involving local, state and federal agencies, and as a result a major driver of research for engineers, hydrologists, ecologists and economists among others. There is general recognition that reliance on “gray infrastructure” through the simple removal of stormwater via sewers fails to make cost-effective use of ecosystem services such as infiltration and evapotranspiration. Consequences include higher stormwater management costs and ecosystem damage costs as well as excessive nutrient flows to coastal waters. This has led to policy emphasis on green infrastructure to make use of ecosystem services to manage surface water flows and lower stormwater management costs.
 
There are a number of interesting interdisciplinary research topics in stormwater management for social scientists, engineers, ecologists and geographers and others appropriately trained. Except in combined sewer systems (sanitary plus storm), storm sewers are an open access resource and have historically been unpriced. Our research is focused on possible economic incentives such as stormwater retention trading that can effectively, efficiently and fairly motivate stormwater generators to install and maintain green infrastructure (GI). We are interested also in how economic incentives for SWM would impact other environmental dimensions such as urban surface energy flows that create the urban heat island effect, urban heating and cooling loads, restoration of urban tree canopies and other quality of life issues such as traffic calming and, psychological well-being.
 
Current work in our laboratory involves research into whether stormwater retention trading is a cost-effective mechanism to coordinate green infrastructure installation and maintenance across millions of sites, and incentivize parcel owners to participate in a watershed wide green infrastructure programs. Another related research direction is whether stormwater retention trading can provide adequate incentives to motivate parcel owners to reestablish urban forests in order to restore urban water cycles, especially evapotranspiration, to moderate runoff and the urban heat island effect, thereby diminishing energy consumption for heating and cooling. There is a need for research on the role of urban forests in reducing coastal nitrification.
 
As concerns over climate change grow, the Office of Research and Development (ORD) in the  USEPA has increased its attention to alterations of local environments and ways by which to mitigate the effects of climate change. ORD has established an in-house research program in Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, an interdisciplinary program that is organized into four interrelated topics: Watershed Sustainability, Nutrients, Green  Infrastructure, and  Water  Systems. It integrates economics, ecological management and engineering systems.
 
We seek a qualified economist or suitably trained scientist to join the research team.
Someone with a degree in another social science or ecology with a good background in microeconomics will be seriously considered. Very  good quantitative and modeling skills are a must. Knowledge of the non-point source pollution control and familiarity with GIS would be a definite plus.
 

The position is a  post-doctoral fellowship funded through the National Research Council and its Research Associate Program. The appointment is for one year with the  possibility  of  renewals  up  to  a  total  of  three  years, depending on funding. The announcement can be seen at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/index.htm by searching for the project title. Application submittal period is March 1 to May 1, 2016.


Boise State University
Public Policy and Administration

The Human-Environment Systems (HES) initiative at Boise State University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher who is a social scientist with mixed-methods research skills and an interest in working at the interface of the social and natural sciences. The researcher will be responsible for conducting social scientific, stakeholder engagement, and outreach activities for a large interdisciplinary science project (see more on MILES below) with a special emphasis on water use, population growth, food and agriculture, and/or climate change in the Treasure Valley of Idaho.

The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary background and experience in:

1) Study design for stakeholder engagement and/or social scientific work in natural resource management, including mixed methods approaches such as surveys, statistical analysis, interviewing, and field work;
2) Outreach or organizing between community and scientific groups, including organizing meetings and building relationships;
3) Participating in a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary team science environment.

Applicants must have a social science doctoral degree completed before June 1, 2016, in a field such as anthropology, political science, sociology, public policy and administration, geography, planning and regional science, STS, communication, or economics. Interdisciplinary experience and the ability to work with physical scientists, natural scientists, and engineers are critical to this position. Those with backgrounds in natural resource management, environmental studies, or related areas will receive special consideration. Significant opportunities will be available for interdisciplinary interactions, publications, research dissemination, and participation in a large and vibrant university research community. The position is for one year with an option of a second year of funding pending successful review and progress.

The HES team, part of the College of Innovation and Design, is working to understand and solve complex questions involving the interrelationships between human society and the natural environment. Through the use of innovative education and research approaches, the HES team also strives to prepare the new generation of students to meet the challenges of the next century. A key project of the HES initiative is the MILES project, which will be the postdoctoral researcher’s primary focus. For more information about the initiative and about MILES, visit http://hes.boisestate.edu.

Boise State is Idaho’s largest university, enrolls the largest number of graduate students in Idaho, and is a metropolitan research university of distinction. Boise is an ideal place to live – a hub of government, business, arts, recreation of all types, health care, industry and technology. Boise State is the largest university in Idaho, with 22,678 students. The university offers studies in nearly 200 fields of interest. Undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and technical programs are available in eight colleges or schools: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences, Innovation and Design, and Public Service. Through partnership opportunities and relationships close to home and beyond, Boise State is dedicated to research, innovation and student experiences that drive economic development and contribute to a vibrant and healthy community. For more information, see http://www.boisestate.edu/.

At a minimum you should have: Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

Salary and benefits: $45,000 per year, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: http://hrs.boisestate.edu/careers/benefits/

If you are interested in this position: Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a CV, three professional references with contact information, and at least two representative publications. Application materials  should be addressed to Dr. Jen Schneider and emailed to: kaytrotter[at]boisestate.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Jen Schneider at jenschneider[at]boisestate.edu

http://hes.boisestate.edu/student-and-research-opportunities/

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 (http://slsc.fiu.edu/ ) 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, http://gss.fiu.edu/, for more information on the department. 


Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID (510813) at http://facultycareers.fiu.edu 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]fiu.edu. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by February 19, 2016. Review will continue until position is filled.



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]neiu.edu 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 http://ges.neiu.edu






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