Employment

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) 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

STAFF POSITIONS

Research Scholar in Energy Transition

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a Research Scholar in Energy Transition. This is part of a cluster hire to enhance the capacity of the University of Minnesota, through the IonE, to pursue interdisciplinary and collaborative research that advances sustainable systems through community-engaged and societally impactful scholarship.  At IonE, we frame sustainability as a social, economic, and ecological state where the needs of all people are met in a way that sustains – and even restores – the natural world: where people and planet prosper together. Within this domain, we are focused on advancing carbon neutrality in the state of Minnesota by advancing an equitable energy transition. As part of the cluster hire, we seek a Research Scholar in Energy Transition to develop an externally funded engaged-research program to support an equitable energy transition in the Midwest. Applicants are expected to have an area of focus within the energy transition realm that is rooted in interdisciplinary perspectives and will need to articulate how that focus both connects with, and enhances our existing UMN expertise.

The hired Research Scholar will lead IonE’s energy transition portfolio. Our goal is for Minnesota’s energy systems decarbonization strategies to be a global model for developing a prosperous and equitable carbon-neutral economy that advances innovation and improves people’s lives and the environment.

The research program should strive to tackle the most challenging barriers to advancing an equitable energy transition in Minnesota and the Midwest. The person in this role would take responsibility for helping to catalyze the UMN/IonE community of faculty, staff, and students in working towards high-impact interdisciplinary research. The person would also engage decision-makers, practitioners, and community members in a way that includes the empowerment of and partnership with under-represented communities. UMN has current expertise in renewable energy integration, energy storage, demand side technologies, and utility regulation; we would be looking to build expertise in these and other areas related to just and equitable clean energy.

We are looking for colleagues at any career stage who will establish long-term careers at the intersection of original scholarship and translational science, with an emphasis on team science and collaboration that includes other members of the IonE community. Successful candidates will be expected to establish an externally funded research program that partially supports their salary (>50% external funding) and supports other researchers.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 347367. Application reviews will begin June 10, 2022 and the job will close on June 16th and all applications submitted by this date will be considered.

Research Scholar in Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a Research Scholar in Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services. This position is part of a cluster hire to enhance the capacity of the University of Minnesota, through the IonE, to pursue interdisciplinary and collaborative research that advances sustainable systems through community-engaged and societally impactful scholarship. As part of the cluster hire, we seek a Research Scholar in Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services to develop an externally funded program on the study of natural capital and ecosystem services, and its application to decision-making. The work will be embedded in The Natural Capital Project (NatCap), a partnership between the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Stockholm Resilience Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. Applicants must have expertise within the natural capital realm that is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach.

The Research Scholar will lead a research program focused on natural capital and ecosystem services, related to sustainable development, conservation, and/or land and water management decisions. This research should strive to articulate connections between decision-making, impacts on socio-ecological systems, and value to people.

The Research Scholar would be responsible for designing and developing project strategy, serving as the Principal Investigator on sponsored and non-sponsored awards, assuming fiduciary responsibilities for the budgets of funded projects, and supervising a team of research scientists. The Research Scholar would help integrate other UMN personnel into the NatCap partnership and work across programs to support Institute-wide research development, budgeting, external partnerships, and IonE-wide strategic projects such as Impact Goals. The person in this role would also take responsibility for helping to catalyze the UMN/IonE community of faculty, staff, and students toward high-impact interdisciplinary research with the Natural Capital Project.

We are looking for colleagues at any career stage who will establish long-term careers at the intersection of original scholarship and translational science, with an emphasis on team science and collaboration that includes other members of the IonE and Natural Capital Project communities. Successful candidates will be expected to establish an externally funded research program that partially supports their salary (>50% external funding) and supports other researchers.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 347369. Application reviews will begin on May 23, 2022 and the job will close on June 1, 2022 and all applications submitted by this date will be considered.

Research Scholar in Sustainability

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a Research Scholar in Sustainability. This position is part of a cluster hire to enhance the capacity of the University of Minnesota, through the IonE, to pursue interdisciplinary and collaborative research that advances sustainable systems through community-engaged and societally impactful scholarship.  At IonE, we frame sustainability as a social, economic, and ecological state where the needs of all people are met in a way that sustains – and even restores – the natural world: where people and planet prosper together. As part of the cluster hire, we seek a Research Scholar in Sustainability to develop an externally funded program focused on advancing sustainable outcomes by increasing the use of knowledge in societal decision making processes. We are open to a range of sustainability topics that adopt a systems research approach to integrating interdisciplinary perspectives that both connects with, and enhances our existing IonE team.

This hired Research Scholar will lead research that moves the needle on community, state, national, or private sector sustainability decisions, or sustainability impact. We are open to scholars who approach sustainability impact in different ways; specifically, a scholar could focus on advancing particular topics (e.g., climate adaptation, carbon neutrality, sustainable land use, water resource management) or methodological approaches (e.g., decision support co-production processes and tools, data science, software engineering, synthesis).

We are looking for colleagues at any career stage who will establish long-term careers at the intersection of original scholarship and translational science, with an emphasis on team science and collaboration that includes other members of the IonE community. Successful candidates will be expected to establish an externally funded research program that partially supports their salary (>50% external funding) and supports other researchers.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 347375. Application reviews will begin on May 23, 2022 and the job will close on June 1, 2022 and all applications submitted by this date will be considered.

 

STUDENT POSITIONS

Administrative & Accounting Assistant – Undergraduate Student Position

The Administrative & Accounting Assistant is a part-time (10 -15 hours/week starting in Fall 2022) undergraduate student appointment at the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to provide administrative support for all of the Institute’s Leadership and Education Programs through fiscal administration, data management, contracts, and other administrative tasks.  The Administrative & Accounting Assistant will report to Mary Hannemann, program co-director of Sustainability Education. 

Ideally the candidate will be able to work some hours in late April or early May to participate in training with the student currently in the role. A limited number of hours of work over the summer is possible if the student is interested and available.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Student Employment website and search for job ID 347228.