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Assistant Professor of Global Climate Change and Environmental Health
(Tenure Track)
Environmental and Earth Sciences Department
Willamette University

The Environmental and Earth Sciences Department at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin August 2015.

The Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences (EES) is hiring a full-time, tenure-track position in Global Climate Change and Environmental Health. Successful applicants will have expertise in the human health dimensions of global climate change such as (but not limited to) infectious disease, food security, water resources, or population displacement, and an aptitude for and commitment to teaching and research in an interdisciplinary environmental science department. The individual will contribute to our core EES curriculum at both the upper and lower division levels (including participation in rotational team teaching of our introductory courses, and supervising senior theses), and also teach one to two upper-level courses in his/her area of expertise. All faculty at Willamette are expected to contribute to our general education classes, thoughtfully advise and mentor students, and maintain an active and externally funded program of scholarship incorporating undergraduates.

Qualifications: Terminal degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in environmental health or related discipline is required. ABD candidates will be considered, but the individual must have the terminal degree by the time the position starts in August 2015.

We anticipate hiring an individual whose scholarship and teaching rests within the social sciences. We expect all applicants to utilize quantitative and qualitative methods in their research and teaching. We anticipate the successful candidate will develop research and teaching collaborations both within and beyond EES, for example, with colleagues in sociology, politics, psychology, economics, anthropology, history, or biology.

This position is aligned with the EES department’s objectives of creating an integrative, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment, utilizing high-impact pedagogies and collaborative learning, as well as achieving the University’s stated goal of “deepening our understanding of sustainability as a unifying principle across the curriculum” (Willamette University Strategic Plan, January 2013, Objective 4d). We foresee this individual offering content and training that prepares students both within EES and across the College of Liberal Arts to be informed and engaged global citizens.

This position is eligible for the University’s generous benefits package that includes medical/dental insurance, contribution of 10% of gross base pay from the University in exchange for a mandatory contribution of 1% by the employee, tuition remission, and moving-expense reimbursement.

Applications will be accepted online until the position is filled.

About Willamette: Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon’s capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2,000 students) and graduate programs in Law and Management. The university is committed to living out its motto “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” by incorporating the principles of sustainability, social justice, and action. Salem is located in the center of the picturesque Willamette Valley, approximately an hour’s drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene.

[Posted 19 September 2014.]

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment & Society
Institute for the Study of Environment and Society
Brown University

Position Description

The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, seeks candidates for one or more distinguished postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental science. ISES was founded in 2014, building on strength across campus in interdisciplinary study of environmental topics. It includes over 30 Faculty Fellows from 12 Departments across Schools and Divisions at Brown. The postdoctoral fellowship program continues and builds on the Voss Postdoctoral Fellows program previously managed by the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown. ISES organizes its research activities into four themes: Natural Systems, Food and Water, Human Health and Well-Being, and Equity and Governance. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to work within one or more of these themes, and to be mentored by two Brown University Faculty, at least one of whom is an ISES Faculty Fellow.

Appointments will be in ISES (rather than in a department) and will have an expected term of two years starting in July 2015 or soon thereafter. Fellows receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by mentors.


Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-related discipline, the intellectual flexibility to reach across fields, ability to take initiative and work independently, and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary environmental research. To apply, each candidate must contact two faculty members working in different fields to serve as mentors, work with mentors to develop an independent research project that advances the research interests of both mentors and candidates, and secure a letter of support from both mentors. At least one mentor must be an ISES Faculty Fellow, and the other must be a regular faculty member of Brown University.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following items via Interfolio by 1 November 2014:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

[Posted 17 September 2014.]

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development
Earth Institute
Columbia University

The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative doctoral candidates, or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute.

The deadline to submit an application is 31 October 2014 for fellowships starting in the fall of 2015. Fellowships are a 24-month appointment.

For more information about the program or to apply for a fellowship, please visit or email

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.  All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the fellowship. “Stop-the-clock” exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

[Posted 12 September 2014.]

Environmental Fellows Program
Harvard University Center for the Environment

The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard’s extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University’s academic disciplines.

Candidates for 2015 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2011 and August 2015. The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of $60,000, eligibility for health insurance, a $2,500 allowance for travel and professional expenses, and other employee benefits.

HUCE expects to award approximately six fellowships this year. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to complete an online application, visit

If you have questions about the Fellowship or application process, please contact: 

Jean Gauthier
Harvard University Center for the Environment
24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge MA 02138

Application deadline: 14 January 2015

Harvard is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. HUCE strongly encourages women and minorities to apply.

[Posted 5 September 2014.]

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences
NC State University

The Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a non–tenure track research assistant professor position. This successful candidate will join a new research laboratory headed by a senior faculty member. The laboratory focus is in epigenetic mechanisms underlying endocrine-disrupting compound actions on brain, behavior, and germ cells. Applicant must have publications in refereed journals, and organizational and managerial experience. Knowledge of the following skills is desired: mouse colony management, RNA and protein quantification, behavioral assays, neuroanatomy, DNA methylation, chromatin immunoprecipitation, statistics, and bioinformatics. Duties will include conducting independent research projects, troubleshooting, managing laboratory personnel, mouse colonies, and overseeing other researchers.

To apply, please visit and designate position number 00104166, where you can submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. Applicants should also provide three references.

The College of Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process should call (919) 515-3148.

[Posted 5 September 2014.]

Assistant or Associate Professor of Food for Health and Wellness
60% Research and 40% teaching (9 Month, Tenure Track)
Departments of Food Science and Technology and Environmental Health Science

Position Available: January 2, 2015

This position is between two departments, Department of Food Science and Technology (55%) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Department of Environmental Health Science (45%) in the College of Public Health. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop research and teaching in the area of food for public health and wellness. A PhD in Food Science and Technology, Environmental Health Science/Toxicology, or equivalent program is required with demonstrated interest in food ingredients or nutrients important for human health. Experience with chemical and biochemical research of food ingredients and contaminants is preferred.

Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities include: (1) teach one undergraduate or dual level and two graduate courses every year; (2) establish an extramurally funded research program; and (3) direct PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates, and also advise some undergraduate students. The successful candidate will actively participate in the research, teaching and service activities in Departments of Food Science and Technology and Environmental Health Science. The research area should include nutritional or allergenic behavior of food ingredients, food chemical toxicology and safety, or the role of food in prevention of chronic diseases and obesity. Other possible areas are development of innovative model systems, and human population studies for degenerative diseases and obesity prevention. The position will closely collaborate with food science faculty, public health faculty, cancer center faculty, and obesity initiative faculty, etc. Expectations of the applicant will include a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by publications, successful extramural funding or grantwriting skills, and demonstrated teaching effectiveness.

Application Procedure: Applicants must send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, four reference letters, and a one-page summary each outlining research and teaching visions. Application materials should be sent electronically to Search Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Erin Lipp (, Department of Environmental Health Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 and Dr. Ron Pegg, Department of Food Science and Technology.

Deadline: To assure full consideration, applications should be received by September 30, 2014, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

 The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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