Postdoctoral Position Earth and Environmental Systems Institute: The Pennsylvania State University

A postdoctoral position in Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Analyses for Sustainable Climate Risk Management is available in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.

Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) is an interdisciplinary research network on centered at Penn State and linking 18 universities and five research institutions in six nations. SCRiM addresses the question: What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate-risk management strategies? The network catalyzes fundamental, mission- oriented, and transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. It provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development. SCRiM Postdocs enjoy ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines.

The successful candidate will join a research team that analyzes two central areas of concern: (i) the role of coupled ethical-epistemic issues in climate change science and (ii) how to improve decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty to ensure ethical adequacy. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in the ethical and/or epistemic dimensions of scientific practice and an appreciation of the ethical issues raised by deep uncertainty. Interests in decision-making under uncertainty, integrated assessment, and in collaborations involving Earth scientists, statisticians, decision analysts, economists, social scientists, and philosophers as well as an understanding of climate change mitigation, adaptation, geoengineering strategies are desirable.

The position will begin in August 2015. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will comply with Penn State University guidelines. Successful completion of a background check is required prior to employment.

To apply, please email a single PDF file (maximum 10 MB) containing a letter of interest, a CV, reprints of two manuscripts, and contact information for three references to jobs@scrim.psu.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 23 and continue until the position is filled.

For questions about the potential projects, please contact Nancy Tuana (ntuana@psu.edu). The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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