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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona (US)
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Feb 10, 2022

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar


Tempe, Arizona

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Postdoctoral Scholar

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The Pataki Lab in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to join our research group in urban ecology and water sustainability. The successful candidate will work on collaborative teams studying the role of irrigated urban landscapes in the socioecology, ecohydrology, and microclimate of U.S. cities.

About Diane Pataki's Lab: We are in the process of moving from the University of Utah to Arizona State University where we will be located in the School of Sustainability, the College of Global Futures, and the Global Futures Laboratory. Students and postdocs in our lab have gone on to a variety of careers within and outside of academia. I will work with you to determine your career goals so that we can provide the skills and resources you need to advance your career as a sustainability researcher or practitioner.   

 Essential Duties:

  • Engaging with decision-makers and community members to identify problems and needs in urban water and landscape sustainability.
  • Contributing to the design of experiments to test the efficacy of urban landscape designs for water conservation, urban heat mitigation, and ecosystem services.
  • Analyzing urban landscape water use, survey, ecological, microclimate, and remote sensing data.
  • Collecting ground measurements in multiple cities when conditions permit.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders and researchers in other disciplines to advance evidenced-based solutions for water and landscape sustainability.



  • Ph.D. in Sustainability, Environmental Studies/Science, Geography, Ecology, Earth Science, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with empirical measurements or modeling of ecosystem fluxes, water demand or consumption, household landscaping preferences or management, ecosystem services, green infrastructure performance, plant-environnment interactions, hydrology, or microclimate.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work on interdisciplinary teams that involve researchers from sustainability, ecology, hydrology, geography, sociology, engineering, and other disciplines.
  • Experience in public engagement, community-based research, translation of academic research for decision-makers, and/or co-production of research.

Application Instructions

Required Application Materials:

  1. A cover letter describing your interests and experiences related to the position.
  2. CV
  3. Unofficial transcripts.
  4. A one page statement of interests and experience in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  5. Contact information for three references.

Application Deadline:  We will begin reviewing applications October 21, 2021 and will continue to review incoming applications on a biweekly basis until the fellowship is filled.

Salary Range: $53,760 - $58,608 per year; DOE

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

The ASU School of Sustainability (SOS) is dedicated to empowering transformations for a thriving, sustainable world. SOS and the College of Global Futures (CGF) embrace ASU’s mission as a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but rather by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. We support and foster a culture of inclusiveness, tolerance, and respect that promotes equal opportunity and diversity among CGF faculty, staff, postdocs, and students and through its engagement with diverse communities within and beyond the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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