The Institute on the Environment and the University of Minnesota are proud to be equal opportunity employers. All employment opportunities can be found on the University’s employment website. Current employment postings are featured below. Although we receive many inquiries, IonE operates with a small staff and job openings are infrequent. As available, all positions and application instructions will be posted. Please note, we do not accept or respond to unsolicited job inquiries or résumés.

Institute on the Environment

The University of Minnesota invites nominations and applications for director of the Institute on the Environment. The new director will lead this highly regarded and prestigious institute through the next stage of its evolution and impact. Reporting to the vice president for research, the director will provide strategic vision and support for IonE programs; promote collaboration across the University of Minnesota and between the U of M and the broader community; enhance and diversify the revenue stream with particular emphasis on philanthropic and extramural research support; build research capacity that impacts progress on environmental issues; build upon IonE’s strong reputation through public engagement and communications campaigns; and continue to develop corporate and community partnerships. Read more

Natural Capital Project

Software Developer
The Natural Capital Project (a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, IonE and Stanford University) seeks a software engineer to join our University of Minnesota–based team. The candidate will support research and model development for open source software used to help policy makers make science-based decisions about the environment. This includes the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) tool kit and a host of new online software components under development. Day-to-day development involves implementing mathematical models of environmental services with a focus on correctness, usability and performance. Other traditional engineer job functions include developing test suites, implementing new features on existing models, and user support.

We seek applicants with a background in numerical science and previous experience working on open source software. Desired qualifications include experience releasing and supporting software, experience in Web design and user interface design, and familiarity with GIS. The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.

Review of applications will be begin immediately and position will remain open until filled. For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page.

Postdoctoral Scholar
The Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks a postdoctoral researcher for investigations into the ecosystem services of lakes. The researcher will support a 12-month project cataloging the ecosystem services provided by Earth’s twenty largest lakes. These lakes include the five North American Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario), as well as lakes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. This individual will be based at the University of Minnesota Duluth but will maintain close cooperation with Dr. Bonnie Keeler, Dr. Stephen Polasky, and researchers at the Institute on the Environment, the Natural Capital Project, and the Department of Applied Economics, located on the Twin Cities campus. Opportunities for development of continuing project related to human values and large lakes.

We seek applicants with a PhD in ecology, natural resources, economics, or similar field and experience with writing research results for peer-reviewed publication. Preferred qualifications include experience in assessing and valuing ecosystem services and natural science knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, including their hydrologic and nutrient cycles.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page .

Send other correspondence to: Robert Sterner, Large Lakes Observatory, 2205 E 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55812 or email stern007@d.umn.edu

The Energy Transition Lab

Graduate Assistant – Solar Pathways Project
The IonE/ETL Solar Pathways Project at the University of Minnesota is part of a larger Solar Pathways Project organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to build capacity within universities to think about the role of our institutions in the development of solar energy infrastructure. The purpose of the student- and faculty-led initiative is to showcase the investment and programmatic potential of on-site and other solar energy projects to university governance boards. For university investments, solar energy projects offer a potential balance to risks associated with fossil fuel assets and an opportunity to better integrate the institutional mission and values into the investment portfolio.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page .

RA Position – DOE Solar Endowment Project
Duties of the RA consist of conducting research and carrying out activities necessary to achieve milestones in the DOE funded Solar Pathways Project. Applicants will work across academic departments, research centers and operational elements of the university to gather and check data. In addition, duties will include working with a variety of subject matter and university system experts to prepare an analysis of the role of solar power in the institutional future of the university.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page.