[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc Fellow: NatureNet Science Fellows

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Sep 10 09:24:22 MDT 2015

Date:    Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:37:29 -0400
From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Katie_Dietrich?= <katie.dietrich at TNC.ORG>
Subject: Postdoc Fellow: NatureNet Science Fellows

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureN=
Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship
program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice t=
confront climate change.

The Nature Conservancy recognizes climate change as the single greatest
threat to our mission, and to humanity. Never before has there been an is=
that so tightly integrates the health of the planet with the economy, foo=
production, clean, reliable water, health, and equality. The NatureNet
Science Fellows program seeks to bring leading early career scientists an=
engineers from diverse fields into the realm of problem solving at the
interface of climate change, technology, and conservation.

This program drives research to tackle the two overarching challenges of
climate change:=20

Theme 1: Halting Climate Change
The majority of projected climate change impacts can be avoided, if we ac=
quickly and aggressively towards a low-carbon energy system. Getting ther=
will require major new advances in the science and engineering behind ene=
technology -- from storage, improved efficiency, and transmission, to new=

source development--and in how we deploy all energy sources--from
encouraging major energy source shifts to siting and operating new
infrastructure with minimal environmental impact. Fellows may tackle thes=
challenges from the fields of physics, chemistry, landscape planning,
electrical engineering, biology, nanotechnology, political science,
meteorology, waste management, computer science, energy technology,
geography, or transport engineering.

Theme 2: Adapting to Climate Change
Climate change is already happening, and current levels of greenhouse gas=
in the atmosphere have already locked the planet into significant climate=

disruption. The NatureNet program supports research that will identify ne=
means for reducing these impacts and improving the ability of both nature=

and people to adapt. Relevant challenges will be addressed by fellows fro=
fields as wide ranging as coral biology, agricultural technology, politic=
economics, coastal geomorphology, ecology, forestry, water and sanitation=

health, climatology, environmental toxicology, agronomy, irrigation
engineering, animal husbandry, fisheries, or coastal engineering.

Fellows will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a hosting senior
scholar (or scholars) from one of the NatureNet partner universities to
develop a research program. The joint mentorship model is unique, and
additional training is provided in science communication and
cross-disciplinary collaboration. Fellows spend up to two weeks each year=
science communications training and intensive collaboration and
problem-solving opportunities.

The program is run in partnership with a diversity of universities that
represent traditional and non-traditional disciplines relevant to
conservation science. Applicants must identify one university as their ho=
institution, but are encouraged to suggest collaborations with additional=

universities and institutions if those collaborations will greatly enhanc=
the research.  This year=92s participating universities are:

- Arizona State University - Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
- Brown University - Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
- Columbia University - The Earth Institute
- Cornell University - Atkinson Center for Sustainable Futures
- Princeton University - Princeton Environmental Institute
- University of California - Los Angeles - Institute of Environment and
- University of Pennsylvania
- Yale University

The Conservancy expects fellow appointments to start between July 1 and
September 1, 2016. Eligible individuals will have completed their doctora=
within the past five years. Applicants who have not yet completed their
doctorate must clearly indicate on the application the date the degree is=

Each fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus
benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecut=
years. In addition to the stipend, each fellow receives an annual travel
budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximate=

Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2015 to Dr. Katie Dietrich =
NatureNetScience at tnc.org. In the subject line of the e-mail place your la=
name and the host university. Submit the following materials:=20

1. Cover letter and research proposal (2 pages). Applicants should descri=
experience and suitability for the program through a brief research
proposal. Unlike a standard cover letter, this proposal should highlight =
research question of interest, the research approach and methods, the
scientific significance, and significance to The Nature Conservancy and
action-oriented research. The proposal should illustrate the strengths of=

the applicant=92s experience towards developing and implementing this res=
2. Curriculum Vitae or resume.
3. Letters of recommendation. Arrange to have three letters of reference
submitted to NatureNetScience at tnc.org with only your name in the subject =

Accepted candidates will be notified by January 31, 2016. Funds are
available for fellows to start on approximately July 1, 2016.
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