[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Position, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of Michigan

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue May 12 10:09:45 MDT 2015




Our interdisciplinary team is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study
interactions between agroecosystem management, food security, and ecosystem
processes. We are exploring relationships between agricultural management,
policy, and socioecological resilience of food systems for the family
farming sector in Brazil.

The broader research project will assess the impacts of management on
ecosystem processes and properties and on rural livelihoods. We will use a
household survey, fieldwork, and modeling to characterize farming systems
in study sites in the Atlantic Forest biome in southeastern Brazil. We will
compare the multifunctional outcomes of different management strategies
using an interdisciplinary indicator framework, and identify opportunities
and barriers to policies that support more resilient and sustainable food

Applicants must have a PhD in a biological, ecological, environmental
sciences or natural resources field and have strong writing skills. The
ideal candidate will speak Portuguese, have excellent analytical skills,
experience conducting fieldwork and/or ecosystem modeling, and have strong
communication and interpersonal skills. Experience applying ecological
theory and/or modeling to agricultural systems is highly desired.

The position is available starting August 1, 2015 with a flexible start
date. Funding is available for two years, and the position will be renewed
in the second year based on performance. The fellow will be based at the
University of Michigan (UM) with periodic travel to Brazil. This position
is full-time at 100% effort.

The successful candidate will interact closely with the interdisciplinary
team with members based at UM, the University of British Columbia, the
University of Vermont, and the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

To apply, please submit the following by e-mail to Jennifer Blesh at
jblesh at umich.edu and online at umjobs.org under Job ID #109883 by June 5,

   1. Cover letter describing your relevant experience and interest
   2. Curriculum vitae
   3. Names and contact information for 3 referees
   4. One or two relevant publications

The School of Natural Resources and Environment=E2=80=99s overarching missi=
on is to
contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement
of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the
faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and
developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage
and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs
on a sustainable basis.

*The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer, and
individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.*

Jennifer Blesh
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Office: 2572 Dana
jblesh at umich.edu

Sustainable Food Systems Initiative
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