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

Global Landscapes Initiative

Post-Doctoral Associate
The Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota is seeking one or more postdoctoral research fellows to study how the connections between land use change, agriculture, and the environment affect risks to the global food system. Our research group of 10+ people has a broad set of skills, which are combined to identify solutions to major global challenges that are published in high-profile academic journals, and offers great opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The research is highly collaborative both within the team, with other research groups at the Institute on the Environment, and with other leading academic and non-profit institutions. The Global Landscapes Initiative is part of the Institute on the Environment, which broadly addresses challenges at the nexus of energy, food, and water.

We seek applicants with a PhD in earth sciences, ecology, agriculture, geography, or closely related field. Strong analytical, communications (both writing and speaking) and interpersonal skills are required.The position is available immediately and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for a second year.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page. If you are a current U of M employee, apply here.

Large Lakes Observatory

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