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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.


Postdoctoral Positions

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 Position: 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.


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/


Graduate Research Assistants

IonE Educators Graduate Research Assistant

The IonE Educators graduate student serves in a role to manage the focal projects of the selected IonE Educators, integrate advancements in educational experiences and pedagogy into the Sustainability Education program, facilitate communication and administration within the cohort, and extend the visibility of their work within the University. This work could include identifying best practices for pedagogy in sustainability education, including integrating complex approaches to work on real-world sustainability challenges. Examples of these approaches are systems thinking, scenario planning, design thinking, world cafe discussion techniques, and a knowledge-to-impact framework to respond to Grand Challenges. The GRA will also identify current faculty members using innovative teaching techniques to highlight their efforts and collaborate with faculty members to replicate to other courses.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 323579

Sustainability Education Graduate Research Assistant

The Sustainability Education Graduate Research Assistant supports the Sustainability Education programming in three primary functions:  supervising undergraduate student workers, facilitation of the IonE Undergraduate Leaders Program and maintaining administrative processes. The goal of the Sustainability Education programs is to better prepare students to be effective leaders in addressing sustainability problems in a complex and interconnected world through participation in the Sustainability Studies Minor and co-curricular programs. This position will report to the Sustainability Education Coordinator with regular guidance from the team project coordinator.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 323621