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, the Institute on the Environment 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.


Events & Program Coordinator
Requisition Number: 194789

Institute on the Environment (IonE) is looking for an Events & Program Coordinator to support IonE administrative functions and events. This will include the coordination of IonE engagement and research activities through the creation and implementation of events (workshops, seminars, meetings, etc.). This individual will schedule and coordinate meeting and event logistics from conception to clean up. This individual will also serve as a first point of contact presence for IonE staff and guests in a concierge‐like fashion. This person will also be performing general administrative and providing general office operations support.

The ideal candidate should be able to work independently, yet be able to work within an environment (or with people) that may have explicit directions and/or guidelines. This is a customer‐facing position and the candidate will have to think on their feet, adapt to change quickly and work with everyone from front line staff to Institute leaders – all while maintaining a positive, can‐do attitude.

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Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE)

Funding for this position is provided by IonE to develop accessible and interactive tools for supply chain decision-makers that link spatially and temporally explicit upstream agricultural production and manufacturing processing impacts to downstream food consumption.

Postdoctoral Associate
Requisition Number: 192849

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, supply chain or operations management, agricultural or environmental sciences, economics, engineering, or a related field. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as are the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary team setting. Proficiency in statistical analysis is also required. Advanced degree must be obtained by date of appointment.

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Graduate Research Assistant
Requisition Number: 192852

This appointment is limited to students registered in a graduate degree program at the University of Minnesota. The individual should have knowledge, either obtained through experience or classes, in industrial ecology, environmental economics, operations management or environmental science or engineering and have interest in interdisciplinary, socio-technical solutions to sustainability challenges. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as are the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary team setting.

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Global Landscapes Initiative

The Global Landscapes Initiative is discovering solutions to the Earth’s biggest problems through cutting-edge research and partnerships. Current research focuses on relationships between fluctuations in yields of commodity crops and market prices. Due to the complexity of market mechanisms, this research will require consideration of other factors, such as seasonal weather forecasts and regional climatic conditions.

Assistant Scientist
Requisition Number: 192855

This appointment is limited to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy or engineering and coursework in agronomy, mathematics and statistics. The position will require computer programming experience in Matlab or R. Work experience modeling or forecasting prices of commodity crops is necessary. The assistant scientist researcher will develop a working knowledge of relationships between macroscopic biophysical conditions, such as weather, nutrient availability and irrigation and crop yields.

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Communications staff help advance our mission of discovering solutions to Earth’s biggest problems through cutting-edge research, partnerships and leadership development, and support Ensia magazine’s mission of connecting people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.

Ensia Social Media Assistant
Requisition Number: 193343

Tasks performed in this position are entry level in nature and will focus on promoting international engagement with Ensia through social media and community engagement efforts, such as sharing stories with existing partners and working to cultivate new partners for Ensia content. Applicants should be able to demonstrate proficiency with social media, online marketing or related areas. Preference will go to applicants who can show experience supporting an organization through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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