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Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science

Geography, Environment and Society
Minneapolis, Minnesota
$65,000, plus health benefits
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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Application instructions can be found on the University of California website
Apply online via the PPFP website
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Deadline November 30, 2023

Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science
The Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota invites applicants to the President’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program whose research, teaching, and service builds upon and/or extends our program’s expertise in quantitative data analysis and modeling of space-time processes in bio/physical environments. We are open to a wide range of thematic foci, and welcome applications from individuals working across all areas of the environmental sciences, including, but not limited to: environmental change, landscape and ecosystem dynamics, disaster risk, climate variations and change, and water resources. 

The ideal candidate will have expertise that expands, diversifies, and complements existing departmental strengths in climatology, paleoclimatology, ecohydrology, and landscape ecology. Individuals whose research expertise and/or pedagogy align with perspectives and promote interests of communities that have historically been marginalized are urged to apply. 

Fellows are not required to teach but may do so by overload assignment in the second year. 

At the end of the postdoctoral fellowship period, the fellow will be considered by the Department of Geography, Environment & Society for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position. 

The Department of Geography, Environment & Society is committed to the priorities of the University of Minnesota to recruit and retain a diverse faculty comprising the best field-shaping researchers and teachers and to reduce barriers to interdisciplinary partnerships. Applications are particularly welcome from women and from those with backgrounds and perspectives that have been and continue to be under-represented in academic positions.

We have world-class reputation for cutting-edge research across the breadth of geographical inquiry, including human geography, biophysical geography, and spatial analysis / computational geography / geographic information science (GISc). 

Our faculty focus on exploring the complex relationships between society and nature, people and places, and the causes and impacts of environmental change through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and community-engaged scholarship. We have a distinguished history of attracting the best graduate students from around the world and training them for myriad careers, ranging from academic positions at peer research institutions to positions in the private and public sector. Additional information is available through the department website.

Mentorship/Selection for GES
Professors Dan Griffin, Kurt Kipfmueller, and Kathy Klink (tenured faculty) will take the lead on mentoring and supporting the postdoctoral fellow’s professional and academic development. Professors Emily Fairfax and Madelaine Cahuas (tenure-track faculty), who both have experience and strong interest in advancing our unit's DEI goals, will provide peer mentorship in a subsidiary capacity. We will also guide and support the postdoctoral fellow's engagement with faculty in affine and affiliated units to broaden their intellectual and social networks across CLA and UMTC. 

Please feel free to name other potential faculty mentors in your research statement. However, in the online PPFP application portal, please enter ‘Professor Katherine Klink’ ( as the acting faculty mentor for your application. In the preliminary application process, the acting faculty mentor will generate automated mentor letters of support for all applicants. After reviewing all applications, the search committee will contact the list of applicants who have been selected for the second phase of the search.

Award Details for 2024-26 PPFP
Salary: $65,000, plus health benefits
$4,000 research funds, $500 for travel to system campuses, $1,000 for travel for the fellow and mentor for PPFP events (per year)
Office space and computer
School mentoring and workshops
Expectation of a tenure-track position at the end of the fellowship, subject to satisfactory performance, departmental review and vote, and college approval.
Relocation expenses
Required Application Materials
For full consideration, please be sure to include the following materials in your application:
Thesis abstract – one page
Research Proposal – 700-1,000 words (not including references and citations)  describing the project you would like to work on over the term of your postdoctoral fellowship period. In your research proposal, please list faculty mentors you would like to work with. Note that each participating unit has designated an acting faculty mentor to endorse your application when it is submitted via the UC Portal System. Through the selection process, participating units will work closely with applicants to identify an appropriate mentor or mentoring committee to work with during their postdoctoral appointment.
Education and Background Statement – 500-700 words describing your personal background, contributions to diversity and equal opportunity through your academic career, relevant professional/non-traditional academic experience, and rationale for your postdoc commitment.
Curriculum vitae
Sample of work – sample publication or unpublished paper for PhDs, please limit to 35 pages (not including references and citations) 
Name, institutional affiliation, and email addresses of two references 

How do I apply and what are the deadlines? 
Please note the University of Minnesota’s PPFP deadline is November 30, 2023.

Application instructions can be found on the University of California website
Apply online via the PPFP website
Questions? Contact
Closing Date: November 30, 2023, 11:59 PM. Review of applications will begin immediately. Units may ask you to submit additional materials as they engage in their selection processes.


Required Qualifications
A PhD or equivalent degree in geography, environmental science, or a closely related discipline, or ABD status in a PhD or equivalent degree program.
A competitive academic record appropriate for the candidate’s career stage, including peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals, a track record or trajectory of promise for obtaining research grants as appropriate to the research program, a growing scholarly reputation in the candidate’s discipline, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in research and learning communities.
Preferred Qualifications
Evidence of successful teaching and effective mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
A record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service.

Eligibility and Evaluation of all PPFP Applicants to the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota
Preferred applicants will have completed their doctoral degree in their field within the past 10 academic years and no later than August 27, 2024.
The primary criterion for selection is evidence of scholarship and creative work competitive for a potential tenure track appointment in the postdoctoral fellow’s department/school.  An important secondary criterion is the support of the proposed department/school and mentor(s) to host the fellow, and the extent to which the candidate’s research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and at the University of Minnesota.

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