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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. 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.

Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Researcher: Environmental justice and urban ecosystem services

The CREATE Initiative (z.umn.edu/createchange), funded by the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge program, seeks a post-doctoral researcher to work on community-engaged, anti-racist research on urban environmental change. The position will be based at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Geography, Environment and Society and supervised by Dr. Kate Derickson and Dr. Bonnie Keeler (Humphrey School of Public Affairs). The position is funded for two years.

CREATE is co-directed by Dr. Bonnie Keeler (Institute on the Environment, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Natural Capital Project) and Dr. Kate Derickson (Dept. of Geography, Environment and Society) in partnership with faculty across the University of Minnesota and a network of community leaders in the U.S. and internationally. CREATE supports research at the intersections of water and equity, particularly with communities whose priorities have historically been underrepresented in academic research. The CREATE Initiative aims to pilot new models of engaged-scholarship, grounded in historical context, that address geographies of racial inequality, infrastructure investments, and the delivery of environmental services. The Initiative also offers training to graduate students from a range of disciplines interested in designing collaborative co-developed research on environmental justice and water issues.

To learn more or apply, please see z.umn.edu/praxislab_CREATEpostdoc

Postdoctoral Researcher: Environmental Remote Sensing Data Scientist

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is collaborating with Macroclimate, an impact investment firm, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by leveraging financial markets. We seek a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in remote sensing to help us detect and quantify the impacts of industrial and agricultural practices on climate stability and ecosystem services in near real time on a continuous basis – and attribute the source to the party responsible. This position will help us expand our environmental data science team to generate actionable insights from remote sensing via satellite. Current team members come from diverse backgrounds including conservation practice, environmental economics, ecology, operations research, behavioral research, and computer science. Along with our team of environmental researchers and data scientists at IonE, you will work with our commercial partners – including product managers, sales, software engineers and aerospace engineers – to build data-driven products and solutions for the financial markets.

For inquiries or more information, contact Dr. Eric Lonsdorf: lons0011@umn.edu. More information about IonE can be found at: environment.umn.edu and information about Macroclimate can be found at: macroclimate.com

For consideration of this position, please submit a CV, cover letter and samples of professional writing through the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 324876.

Student Position: Development Support Assistant

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) is charged with finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. We work with faculty and staff from across the full breadth of the University and run a variety of fellowship, funding and seminar / media programs to enhance interactions and opportunity for serendipity across disciplines, units and campuses. Central elements to success in this endeavor are the development of partnerships with external entities and analysis of trends in emerging knowledge and in funding sources. We are looking for an undergraduate student to assist in managing the logistics for annual giving, stewardship, and prospect and donor research for Director of Development.

This an excellent opportunity for a student to gain entry level office experience while supporting an organization’s mission and vision through service to its leadership and key stakeholders.

Possibility to extend the position into summer and the following academic year based on performance and availability of funding.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326721

Student Position: Environmental Justice Project Assistant

The Sustainability Education office at the Institute on the Environment is seeking a student worker to support a grant-funded Environmental Justice project to be completed during the 2018-2019 academic year. The project aims to “strengthen the teaching of and communication about environmental justice courses and curriculum, including experiential or community-engaged learning” on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, across all colleges and departments. The idea for the project emerged out of faculty and student discussions on enhancing campus teaching and research on environmental justice, as well as research about environmental justice efforts of other colleges and universities. The position reports to Beth Mercer-Taylor, who serves as Sustainability Education Coordinator, with guidance from lead members of the faculty group who applied for the grant.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326170

Student Position: Sustainability Education Assistant for Communications

The Sustainability Education Assistant for Communications is an undergraduate part-time position. The person in this role will be responsible for generating content for public communications for Sustainability Education, with University of Minnesota students as the primary audience. Sustainability Education has a team of student workers who work collaboratively. Key tasks include organizing information related to a variety of Sustainability Education program, writing for the program website and newsletter, managing social media, publicizing sustainability-related events, and outreach to students, student groups, community groups and University partners. The employee will also help plan Sustainability Education-related events for students at the University of Minnesota.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326482

Fellowship Opportunities

The Institute on the Environment and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to invite applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways:

1. They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills— directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; AND

2. They are committed to their professional development— participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from our 2019 Partner, The University of Minnesota, to develop a research program. The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program.

To view the complete RFP follow this link.

For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellowship and to apply please visit: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/

Research Grant

Applicants and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. The Conservancy will distribute grant funds between May and September. Funds are awarded directly to the grantee’s institution and may be used by the grantee for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the grantees’s research. Salary support is limited to a maximum of three months of the established academic salary (not including IDC).

To view the complete RFP follow this link.

For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellowship and to apply please visit: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/