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This page provides a list of job openings and research opportunities of interest to the industrial ecology community. We are using the blogging feature of our website for this page. To post a new job opportunity, please send your notice to the ISIE office. We will delete these posts after six months or whenever you notify us that the opening has been filled.
  • 05 Apr 2017 4:11 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD and Postdoc Positions

    Institution: Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Deadline: 

    • PhD: April 28, 2017
    • Postdoc: May 22, 2017

    Project Summary

    The Living Well Within Limits (LiLi) project is an ambitious interdisciplinary programme, addressing crucial but understudied questions: What are the biophysical resources, more specifically energy, required to achieve human well-being? What influence do social and technical provisioning systems have on the levels of resource use associated with well-being? The LiLi project’s ambitious aim is to construct the conceptual and methodological framework upon which this type of research can be carried forward, and to apply it using both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse and model the energy requirements of well-being. The LiLi project is based on an innovative framework (shown below), integrating biophysical resource use, the social and physical provisioning systems which draw up on these resources as inputs, and the social outcomes which depend upon them.

    PhD: This PhD project within LiLi will principally pursue quantitative analysis at the international level. The analysis should focus on explaining the role of provisioning systems in explaining variations and trends in the “environmental efficiency of well-being”.

    Postdoc: You will be working in collaboration with other researchers within the LiLi project within the School of Earth and Environment’s Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and will also be a member of a cross-faculty research group concerned with the political economy of technology and infrastructure, coordinated by Professor Andrew Brown of the Economics Division of Leeds University Business School. There will also be opportunities to contribute to wider research and teaching initiatives across the School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment, and University.

    The research consists in in depth analysis of the systems that provision electricity in at least 6 countries, highlighting performance in terms of access, affordability and equity, and effectiveness in terms of human need satisfaction. You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in the field of economics, political economy or economic geography, the social science of energy systems, or a closely allied discipline and a strong background in a relevant field of economics, political economy, or economic geography. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

    For more details please visit: PhD / Postdoc

  • 05 Apr 2017 4:07 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: EPSRC DTP Studentship in Urban Metabolism and Energy Transitions

    Institution: University of Reading - School of Built Environment

    Location: Reading, UK

    Start date: no later than September 30, 2017

    Project Overview:   A taxonomy of cities - using urban typologies to understand the infrastructural dynamics of the UK heat supply

    The School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading is currently increasing its research capacity associated with urban-scale sustainability. This doctoral research project involves an exploration of resource requirements in UK cities using the frame of urban metabolism; this involves an investigation of drivers of urban energy, water, material and food demands and their relationship to local infrastructure. First this research will evaluate UK cities, developing a "taxonomy" of urban areas. When a consideration of changing building/technology stocks is made, along with urban form and regional economic profiles, spatially and temporally-explicit urban metabolic models will be developed.  Considerations of taxonomy and these urban metabolism models will then be used in a group of selected UK case study cities to examine infrastructural change for the low-carbon systems of the future, with a focus on the future heat supply. This investigation of the transition to carbon-free heating options will widen our understanding of which options are most suitable in different UK contexts.

    The project will involve collaboration with selected UK cities to serve as case studies for the validation of metabolic profiles developed. These will include a diverse set of cases, with varying metabolic needs to serve a variety of economic activities and infrastructure systems. Ultimately the exploration of the interrelationship between these and their temporal and spatial dynamics will enable new insight in planning for regional transitions to low-carbon systems.

    Eligibility:   Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level (or equivalent) in a numerate discipline, with ideally a relevant MSc qualification. Experience with computer simulation tools, geospatial analysis, statistical modelling, environmentally-extended input-output modelling, and/or urban metabolism are desirable. Excellent organisational and communication skills are required. A keen interest to engage in urban sustainability research is essential. 

    Please note that due to restrictions on the funding, this studentship is for UK/EU applicants only. EU citizens who have not been resident in the UK for longer than 3 years are entitled to fees only.

    Funding Details:   The EPSRC funding package cover tuition fees and a stipend over a 3.5 year period.

    How to apply:   Further details about this studentship can be obtained from Dr Eugene Mohareb - email: e.mohareb@reading.ac.uk.

    To apply, see http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx. You should access the application form and submit a completed form for a PhD in Construction Management and Engineering here.

    When completing the application form, please write ‘DTP UM Studentship ’ in the text box in ‘Section 10 - Funding’. You should also attach a summary, in no more than 500 words, indicating your understanding of the challenges facing cities towards a low-carbon future.

  • 03 Apr 2017 10:05 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doc on Spatial Optimization and decision support for Life Cycle Sustainable Regional land use Planning

    Institution: Universite libre de Bruxelles

    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline: May 1, 2017

    In the framework of the FNRS MIS project “Life Cycle sustainability Optimization for Regional land use Planning” we offer a 2 year full time post-doc position focusing on spatial optimization, decision support and life cycle assessment (starting before July 1st 2017). The post-doc will be part of the research team of Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT). Parts of the project will also be executed in collaboration with CIRAIG and GERAD, UQAM Montréal, Canada.

    The ideal candidate:

    • Holds a PhD (after defense) in Engineering, Bio-science engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or any other project relevant domain and which was obtained since max 5 years before july 1st 2017. 
    • Has solid knowledge and experience with spatial optimization tools and models, and with geographical information systems (GIS). 
    • Has knowledge on, or experience with life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), and strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
    • Has knowledge, on land-based/biological production systems in general (e.g. agriculture, forestry, biomass production, etc.), and more specifically on biomass-for-energy systems. 
    • Further, the candidate has strong analytical skills, has a quantitative reflex, can approach complex issues in a systematic way and has the capacity to work autonomously towards objectives and deadlines. The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English, and have good communication (written and oral) skills and be able to work in group and guide junior researchers. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite. 
    Apply 

    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be; +32 2 650 43 22). 

    To apply, you should send - a motivation/cover letter stating your motivation, and past experiences with which you can contribute to the project - an extensive scientific curriculum vitae (including list of publications, presentations, acquired funding, …) and contact details of 3 references - a full text digital copy of your best scientific output so far. to wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than May 1st, 2017. 

    Job interviews will be planned on the May 12th. The starting date: latest by July 1st, 2017

    Please click here for more details

  • 23 Mar 2017 11:26 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland seeks proposals from highly qualified graduate students interested in conducting team-based socio-environmental synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits").

    Socio-environmental synthesis focuses on understanding connections between social and biophysical systems and emphasizes the importance of understanding them from a systems perspective. It is a process that brings together multiple, and often disparate, disciplines relevant to the problem at hand to create new insights and discoveries by integrating existing knowledge, data, and methods from these disciplines.

     Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Graduate Pursuits present doctoral students in social, natural, and computational fields with unique opportunities as emerging scientists and scholars. Selected Graduate Pursuit teams will not only independently explore increasingly complex socio-environmental problems in innovative and synthetic ways, but will gain skills in team science and interdisciplinary collaboration, produce actionable outcomes, and build networks and communities of practice with individuals across a diversity of backgrounds, institutions, and geographic locations.

    Applications are due May 26, 2017. More information on how to apply for this opportunity is available here.  


  • 23 Mar 2017 11:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Assistant Director

    Institution: California Product Stewardship Council

    Location: Sacramento, CA, USA

    The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) is a non-profit organization which formed in 2007 and is considered the thought-leader on product stewardship policy in California. CPSC is comprised of local governments and their associations, businesses, and the general public. CPSC works with product manufacturers, retailers, and others in the product chain to encourage a producer responsibility approach to end-of-life product management either voluntarily or through legislation and regulation.

    CPSC has a fourteen member Board of Directors. The Executive Director (ED) serves at the pleasure of the Board and manages the operations and activities of CPSC. There are currently three full-time staff and a student intern. The staff currently manages 10 grant projects, 10 consultants, and two award winning campaigns. In addition, CPSC is a key participant in many California discussions on solid and hazardous waste management, particularly in regards to product stewardship programs, such as mercury thermostats, paint, carpet, mattresses and packaging.

    The Assistant Director (AD) is a full-time employee position which reports to the ED and manages CPSC’s office staff and day-to-day operations. The AD also assists the ED with organizational development and fundraising and Board support. The successful candidate must be willing to reside in the greater Sacramento area. The ideal candidate should be capable of performing in a value-based working environment that is fun, cutting edge, and mutually supportive. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and passion for policies and campaigns for environmental sustainability. This individual would also be knowledgeable about the solid and hazardous waste and recycling industry.

    Experience in non-profit management, the legislative process, and public campaigns is highly desired, but not required. The AD plans, directs, and coordinates activities of designated grant and special projects to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters while meeting the high quality standards required at CPSC. The AD assists the ED in developing and maintaining relationships with new and existing CPSC Associates, Partners, and other funders. The AD also develops, creates, and/or coordinates production of communications materials, conducts outreach, recruits and oversees volunteers, staff, and contractors, and plans special events to forward the mission of CPSC. A positive public image of CPSC is of utmost importance.

    The AD will also be working on national issues at the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC) and will be sharing time between the two organizations. CPSC’s and NSAC’s offices are in a restored historic Victorian home, known as the Edgar Institute with like-minded organizations. It is located on 21st Street, near S Street in mid-town Sacramento and is a block from light rail, as well as a 10 minute walk to the Capitol.

    Assistant Director Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

     Monitors contractors conducting work for CPSC, which currently includes Accounting, Public

    Education, Human Resources, Lobbying, and Legal Services.

     Participates in budget development and tracks project costs to control expenses

     Develops fundraising strategy and strategic planning in coordination with the ED and the Board.

     Attends meetings of the CPSC Board and associated committees as needed.

     Oversees employee benefit administration including health, dental, and vision insurances and retirement.

     Oversees administration of organizational insurance including workers compensation insurance

    and grant insurance requirements for CPSC and CPSC contractors.

     Assists ED with project management and development.

     Oversees all employees, as determined by the ED.

     Develops communication and outreach strategies including print, electronic, special events, and direct mail, to fulfill those aspects of the organization’s objectives.

     Develops and distributes electronic newsletters and action alerts.

     Makes presentations on behalf of CPSC at public, social, and business events and is an articulate presenter.

     Develops and maintains media relations in coordination with the ED.

     Prepares project reports and communication materials for the ED.

     Reviews timesheets and expense reports from employees and invoices from sub-contractors and

    other vendors to ensure accuracy before forwarding to ED.

     Oversees timely filing and accuracy of lobbying reports.

     Conducts work on other special projects and performs other duties as needed.

    Education and/or Experience:

    A Master’s Degree with focus in Sustainability, Environmental Science, Public Policy, or closely related field is preferred. The position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in engineering, planning, industrial hygiene, environmental science, public administration, business administration, a physical or biological science, or in another field that is related to the position. The ideal candidate will possess educational and practical knowledge and experience in the following: government grant management; organizational effectiveness and nonprofit management; implementing best practices; tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status; lobby reporting and legislative procedures; presenting to large and difficult audiences; working constructively with a variety of stakeholders and developing strong coalitions.

    Requirements:

     Strong track record developing and executing successful fundraising campaigns, public

    education campaigns, employing powerful story-telling to build support for clear goals among

    targeted audiences, grant writing, project implementation, and organizational development.

     Exceptional writing, editing and speaking skills; able to synthesize complex concepts into

    concise and compelling messages, and exercise message discipline throughout the organization and with partners.

     Success at coaching high performance teams, supervising employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives together while maintaining a fun, supportive, productive, and harmonious office environment.

     Strong planning and project management skills; superior judgement to set priorities, meet deadlines, practice accountability, solve problems, and manage multiple relationships with attention to detail.

     Demonstrated experience managing online engagement strategies, applying the best practices insocial media, and adapting to changing technologies and platforms.

     Success securing sustained, effective press coverage and creating news opportunities.

     Experience with, and commitment to, creative positive change through direct advocacy and political action. Prior experience working for an environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is not required, as we seek candidates from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including those with experience engaging diverse constituencies.

     Enthusiasm for CPSC’s mission, goals, and programs.

     Computer proficiency in Windows, desktop publishing and spreadsheet applications, and web publishing applications. Proficiency with specialized web applications, such as MailChimp, Doodle, etc. is highly desired.

     Clean background check, valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and favorable driving history.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    The AD is a management position offering salary commensurate with experience. CPSC’s excellent employee benefits include financial compensation for health insurance and paid vision and dental insurance; paid vacation, paid holidays including two flexible personal holidays per year, sick time, as well as retirement.

    To apply:

    Please email your resume and cover letter to heidi@calpsc.org with the subject line: Assistant Director

    – [Your Last Name]. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.


  • 10 Mar 2017 1:56 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD position in Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (IV-86/17)

    Institution:  Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Location:  Trondheim, Norway

    Deadline:  March 28, 2017

    Description

    The Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PhD student to develop a spatially explicit model and scenarios for the Norwegian phosphorus cycle. The PhD student will be involved in the project “Nutrients in a Circular Bioeconomy: Barriers and opportunities for Mineral Phosphorus Independence in Norway” (MIND-P).

     Phosphorus is a macronutrient that is essential for food security. Its supply is dependent on finite amounts from reserves concentrated primarily in the Western Sahara and Morocco. This makes Norway vulnerable to supply disruptions. First studies of the phosphorus cycle have demonstrated that Norway generates about four times more secondary phosphorus than it needs for fertilization. The current inefficiency of phosphorus use results in large amounts of phosphorus being accumulated in the soil and in aquatic systems and contributes to eutrophication.

     The goal of the MIND-P project is to analyse pathways towards independence from mineral P fertilizer use through improved recycling with a focus on manure and fish sludge, the two largest sources of secondary phosphorus. The project will be conducted in co-operation with partners from agricultural sciences, from aquaculture sciences, and from industrial ecology. The PhD student will develop a spatially explicit model for the phosphorus stocks and flows in order to evaluate different strategies for secondary phosphorus recycling. The MIND-P project further aims at the development of a Norwegian Phosphorus Platform, and this PhD project will inform and be informed by this platform.

     Qualifications

    The research involves quantitative systems analysis, the use of geographical information systems (GIS), as well as interactions with industry and government representatives. Therefore, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a strong background in natural science or engineering, preferable with experience in industrial ecology. Demonstrated experience in the use of GIS is required. Skills and experience in modelling and programming are advantageous. Good communication skills are highly relevant for this project, and knowledge of the Norwegian language is an advantage. The candidate should further be willing to work both independently and in teams with other researchers across disciplines.

     Conditions

    PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432, 300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

    Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

     The research position is set for a duration of 3 years towards the degree of PhD.

     For further information and informal enquiries about the position please contact Prof. Daniel B. Müller, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. Email: daniel.mueller@ntnu.no.

     See http://www.ntnu.edu/ivt/phd for more information.

     The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

     The application

    The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed.

    Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage here Mark the application with IV-86/17.

     Anticipated commencement: in agreement with the Department, as soon as possible.

    Application deadline: March 28, 2017.

     According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

     Apply for this job


  • 08 Mar 2017 7:34 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Institute: The Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - State Research Institute in Pulawy

    Location: Pulawy, Poland

    Deadline: 3/20/17

    Duration of Employment: 21 months

    The Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis is looking for a researcher to join our team, who will be involved in the on-going project, "New Strategies on Bio-Economy in Poland", which is funded by the European Commission. The successful applicant will preferably have a combination of skills and experience in the following topics:

    • Integrated assessment modeling (IAM) of bio-based systems (bioenergy)
    • Input-Output and Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment
    • Economic-equilibrium modeling
    • (Indirect) Land Use Change
    • Optimisation Modeling
    Required Documents:
    • CV
    • Cover Letter
    • Letter(s) of reference
    • List of Impact Factor publications, with H-index
    • List of international and national projects
    • Consent of processing of the personal data
    The documents shall be sent by post to the Institute (IUNG-PIB, Czartoryskich 8 Street, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland), or by email in pdf format (attachments up to 15 MB) to Katarzyna Zylowska (mailto: kzylowska@iung.pulawy.pl) or submitted personally in the HR Department of the Institute from M-F 7h-15h no later than 3/20/17

    Online and/or face to face interviews will be in March or April. The start date is negotiable but positions are open with immediate effect.

    The application must contain the following statement: "I hereby give consent for the personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of recruitment, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act dated August 29, 1997 (uniform text: Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland 2002 No 101, item 926 with further amendments)"
    http://www.iung.pulawy.pl/eng/
  • 08 Mar 2017 7:30 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Under Secretary General

    Institution: United Nations University

    Location: Tokyo, Japan

    Deadline: April 22, 2017

    Description:

    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) brings together an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. UNU serves as a think tank for the United Nations system; it is a platform for new and creative ideas, as well as academic and policy dialogue. In addition to the UNU Headquarters located in Tokyo, UNU has established fifteen institutes and programmes worldwide.

    Responsibilities

    The United Nations University (UNU) is recruiting a Rector.

    The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration and programmes of the University. The Rector is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO. The position carries the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and requires extensive overseas travel.

    Required qualifications

    Advanced university degree, preferably a PhD in a discipline related to the human sciences, or sciences of life, the earth, and the biosphere. The successful candidate must have a prominent academic profile with evidence of high-quality research work in the course of her/his career. In addition, she/he will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary development and policymaking challenges and will have experience translating research for policy communities. Demonstrated management experience as the head of a university or research centre is required. Fluency in English and a working knowledge of French are essential.

    Desirable qualifications and characteristics

    • Established profile in the international community
    • Successful track record of fundraising
    • Knowledge and appreciation of, and commitment to, the principles and ideals of the United Nations
    • Capability to maintain close cooperation with individuals, governments, and research and teaching institutions worldwide in order to promote scientific cooperation
    • Great drive and initiative to achieve the goals of UNU
    • Some knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

    For more information on how to apply, please click here


  • 27 Feb 2017 6:00 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Several Postdoctoral Positions

    Institution: Universities of Leiden, Delft, and Rotterdam

    The universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam have won a major EU grant for a regional Marie Curie Fellowship scheme. In 3 rounds, a total of 90 two-year postdoc positions will be funded. The call is open for all subject matters but we expect a few postdocs can be hired on sustainability topics. This can be a nice opportunity for recently graduated PhDs, or PhDs close to graduation. 

    Conditions and application process:

    • Applicants must graduate before the relevant recruitment date (1 October 2017, 1 July 2018, 1 April 2019). The PhD date can be a maximum of 60 months before the recruitment date.
    • Applicants must not have lived over 12 months in the Netherlands in the last 3 years (MC is a mobility program).
    • Proposals are possible on virtually all subjects covered by the three universities as long as a candidate is endorsed by an institute of one of the universities. A support/commitment letter of a hosting group within one of the universities is mandatory.
    • The proposal consists of a post-doc research plan (<3 pages),  training plan (<3 pages), summary (1 page), motivation letter (1 page) and a CV (<4 pages). Writing is usually supported by the hosting group.
    • Like regular applications for EU Marie Curie fellowships, proposals will be judged by independent external experts, not the hosting institute. Criteria are the quality of the proposal (35%), quality of the individual training plan (35%) and quality of the applicant’s track record (30%).
    • Application deadlines are 31 March 2017, 31 December 2017, 30 October 2018 with as related intended recruitment dates 1 October 2017, 1 July 2018, 1 April 2019. 

    CML is happy to support good candidates in the field of Industrial Ecology and Biodiversity/ecology/toxicity research. CML is further leading the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability set up by these universities. With CfS focusing on the transition to a circular economy, candidates interested in subjects like sustainable business models, sustainable design, and governance and transition management for circularity can be supported by other CfS groups.

    Relevant links

    Information on Leading Fellows:

  • 27 Feb 2017 5:57 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position on Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

    Institution: University of Minnesota  

    Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Deadline: Open until filled, review will begin March 20, 2017

    There is an important need to develop data-driven solutions for addressing complex problems facing agriculture.  With its central motivation to improve agricultural efficiency and contribute to this need, Minnesota’s AGREETT (Agricultural Research Education, Extension and Technology Transfer) initiative is making significant investments in agricultural research, education, and Extension to work in key areas of agricultural production taking advantage of the technological changes that are transforming agriculture and complementing the University’s MnDRIVE (MN Driven Innovation Economy) initiative investments.  

    The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota seeks candidates for a 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position in the broader area of measurement science and agro-bioinformatics with research and teaching (50%/50%) responsibilities.

    The goal of the measurement science and agro-bioinformatics position is to improve efficiency in agricultural systems by developing new ways to collect, interpret, and analyze agricultural  data at various scales, and help create management solutions to improve decision making.  Areas of research may include quantifying the interactions between agricultural systems and the biotic, abiotic and/or physical factors affecting agricultural efficiency. The faculty member will be expected to advance the design and implementation of highly efficient agricultural systems that have minimal adverse impacts on the environment.  The scope may cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, from sensing networks and measurement technologies, to data collection, database development, data analysis, and data integration and dissemination technologies/platforms.

    The University of Minnesota’s robust research, teaching, and Extension programs have a long history of developing and delivering cutting edge research and education to farmers and other stakeholders. The person in this faculty position will address a critical need in the broad area of measurement science and agro-bioinformatics. Responsibilities include working with both the public and private sectors to develop new technologies and guidelines for improving efficiency while reducing negative environmental impacts. This faculty member will help Minnesota maintain its strong leadership position in sustainable agricultural.

    The person in this position is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program, seek and secure extramural research funding from state and national competitive grant programs, and develop an independent research program of basic and applied research. The person is expected to build collaborations across disciplines, and closely interact with other departments within CFANS and across the University including the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII). The University of Minnesota offers opportunities to work with engineers, agricultural scientists, and other faculty on campus and a network of Research and Outreach Centers across the state.

    Teaching responsibilities for this position are envisioned to include undergraduate and graduate level courses offered by the department and related to the successful candidate’s discipline and background, which may include advanced precision agriculture, big data analytics in agriculture, agro-bioinformatics, or sustainable systems. Other faculty responsibilities include advising graduate students and service commitments to the department, college, University, and the profession.

    Qualifications

    Required: PhD in biological systems engineering, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related agricultural, environmental, or computational field. Basic and applied research experience in biological/agricultural systems that are important in Minnesota. Demonstrated record of publication within discipline.

    Preferred: Preference will be given to candidates with: a strong peer reviewed publication record and experience in measurement science and informatics applications; evidence of abilities to work collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects; evidence of potential to develop and manage interdisciplinary research programs at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of effective teaching with diverse audiences and excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience in obtaining external funding; interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

    Salary and Benefits  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The University’s outstanding fringe benefits package includes participation in the University’s faculty retirement program; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical, semester, and parental leave opportunities. Detailed benefits information is available at:  http://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits

    Application Instructions

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter referencing the Measurement Science and Agro-Bioinformatics faculty position; detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research (2 pages); statement of teaching (1 page); copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts; a brief statement describing interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (1 page); and a list of three references including contact information to the online application system described below. Letters from three references should be sent to bbe1390@umn.edu. To guarantee full consideration, all application materials, including reference letters, must be received by March 20, 2017. Review of applications will begin March 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The position will be available in Fall 2017.

    Please apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs . Enter Job ID 315687.

    Please visit the following links to learn more about the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, www.bbe.umn.edu; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, www.cfans.umn.edu; the AGREETT program; www.cfans.umn.edu/agreett; University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII)  http://www.research.umn.edu/umii/; and University of Minnesota Extension, www.extension.umn.edu.  

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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