POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH

GUND INSTITUTE, THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
POSITION: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral associate to develop rigorous and practical models relating ecosystem changes to human health outcomes. The 2-year position is part of a partnership among the Gund Institute, the “Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages” (HEAL) project, and WWF’s Luc Hoffmann Institute. Together we are working to understand nature-health relationships and inform conservation and public health decisions with our findings. The postdoc will be directed by Taylor Ricketts at The University of Vermont.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoc will: (i) work with a unique global dataset of household and environmental variables  compiled for this project  to model the effects of ecosystem change on human health; (ii) use these data to collaborate with WWF in assessing health impacts of conservation in priority watersheds; (iii) look beyond this dataset to identify and analyze additional ecosystem contributions to human health. In all of this work, s/he will interact closely with other scientists participating in HEAL, and with scientists and field staff at WWF.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, specific expertise in ecological and/or public health modeling, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues. We are especially seeking candidates from developing (i.e., non-OECD) countries, but will consider all applications.

APPLICATION: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at taylor.ricketts@uvm.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2015 and we anticipate a start date of spring 2015.

SETTING: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary environmental research center involving more than 50 faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Related efforts at UVM include a university-wide research initiative in Complex Systems and a growing campus-wide collaboration on ecosystem-health interactions.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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