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Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Mon Aug 22 10:16:12 MDT 2016



Brown University: The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)
seeks candidates for one or more distinguished postdoctoral positions in
interdisciplinary environmental science. IBES was founded in 2014, building
on strength across campus in interdisciplinary environmental research. It
includes over 30 Faculty Fellows from 12 Departments across Schools and
Divisions at Brown. IBES 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 at least one IBES
Faculty Fellow.

Appointments will have an expected term of two years starting in July 2017
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. Postdoctoral fellows are
expected to devote their appointment to research activities, but in special
cases postdoctoral fellows may have the opportunity to teach undergraduate


Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the
study of environment and society, the intellectual flexibility to reach
across fields, ability to take initiative and work independently, and
demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary environmental research.
Applicants should submit a research proposal based on the guidelines below,
including identification of a proposed faculty mentor (IBES Fellows are
listed at http://www.brown.edu/academics/institute-environment-
society/faculty-fellows-0). Proposals will be judged on scientific merit,
contribution to IBES thematic foci, and an achievable research plan, given
time and budgetary constraints. Letters of support will be requested from
proposed mentors, so applicants will benefit from contacting proposed
mentors early in the process. Preference will be given to applicants whose
research complements (but does not duplicate) ongoing faculty research, and
to multi-disciplinary research.


To apply, please submit the following items at
http://apply.interfolio.com/36468 by November 1, 2016.
- Cover letter describing your interest in the position and how this
position relates to your career goals;
- Current CV;
- Required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding references):
 Proposals should briefly address the following points:
--Title and brief abstract
--Project background and importance: What is known and what is new about
this question? Why does it matter?
--How does this project fit with your own previous work and your proposed
--Project plan: What will you actually do?Include a timeline or work plan
if appropriate.  If additional resources will be needed to complete the
work, do you have options for funding them?
--Project outcomes: What products will come out of this project (e.g.
articles, methods, datasets, policy briefs, educational materials)? What
types of support will you need to produce and disseminate these?
--References (not included in 1500 word limit)

- Three letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who know the
applicant’s work well. Letters should describe prior research experience
and evidence of applicant’s interest, capability, and potential in
interdisciplinary environmental research. Referees should submit letters
directly through Interfolio, which will supply a direct link when contact
information is entered.


Baylor Fox-Kemper
Brown University, Associate Professor
baylor at brown.edu, fox-kemper.com
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