Opportunities

Information related to assistantships, fellowships, scholarships and other opportunities.

 

Graduate Research Assistantships:

  • PhD Assistantship

A PhD research assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue a PhD degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University.

This position is part of the new $15 million institute funded by the National Science Foundation -- "Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrative Discovery Environment (I-GUIDE)".

The successful candidate will join the multi-institution transdisciplinary team to understand telecoupled impacts of globalization, climate change, and natural disasters (e.g., impacts of droughts and floods in the United States on biodiversity, land use, and sustainability in Brazil), using the integrated framework of telecoupling.

Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, artificial intelligence, big data science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, machine learning, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

The successful applicant will be admitted by the 
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and can also be part of the dual doctoral degree program with the university-wide Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program  or Environmental Science and Policy Program if the student is interested.

The application due date is December 1, 2021 or until the position is filled. The start date is flexible (e.g., summer or fall in 2022).

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Application materials and questions should be emailed to: Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu (liuji@msu.edu).

  •  PhD or MS Assistantship

Description and responsibilities: A graduate assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue PhD or MS degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (MSU). This position is part of the project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled "Complex Effects of Telecoupled Activities in the Changing Environment of the Arctic".

Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, behavioral science, computer science and engineering, conservation, data science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research to understand how multiple distant drivers (i.e., tourism, marine shipping, climate change, and natural resource extraction) affect coupled human-natural systems within the Bering Strait region of Alaska, using the integrated framework of telecoupling. The student will be based at MSU but will have opportunities to visit Alaska and interact with collaborators, local communities, natural resource professionals, and other stakeholders in Alaska.

The successful candidate will be admitted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU and can also be part of the dual degree program with the university-wide Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program or Environmental Science and Policy Program if the student is interested.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu at MSU and Dr. Jennifer Schmidt at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and will collaborate with others on the project.

Closing Date: November 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.

Start Date: flexible (some time in 2022)

To Apply: Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Application materials and questions should be emailed to: 
Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu (liuji@msu.edu).

  • PhD or MS Assistantship

FUNDED GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY in human dimensions of outdoor forest recreation and nature-based tourism  - PhD student preferred; MS will be considered

We seek an individual interested in pursuing a PhD focused on human dimensions of outdoor forest recreation and nature-based tourism.  The goal of the project is to understand the multifaceted nature of the visitor versus local forest recreation user experience in the context of user density, crowding, displacement, conflict, and risk and safety in high-use areas of western Connecticut and the Adirondack Park that provide outdoor recreational opportunities for health and wellness and receive high visitor volume.  Both prospective PhD and MS students are encouraged to apply.  Application review will begin 1 November 2021, and continue until a candidate is selected.  Planned start date is January 2022; a later start date may be possible.

This fully funded project is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and University of Connecticut.  The student will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment at University of Connecticut.  The student will be co-advised by Drs. Anita Morzillo and Elizabeth Vidon.

Applicants should have: 1) a background in natural resources, forest management, human dimensions of natural resources, landscape ecology, tourism geography, nature-based tourisms, or outdoor recreational geography, 2) interest in basic and applied research focused on the integration of human dimensions of forest recreation data within a landscape context, and 3) the ability to work both independently and as part of a research team.  The student will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantship, as appropriate.  Travel during the duration of the data collection field seasons will be required for this position.  Within the general theme, there is some flexibility in the specific focus of the dissertation or thesis, to be determined based on the interests of the selected applicant.  There is potential for (but not guarantee of) partial support through classroom instruction depending on applicant interest.

For all applicants, a working knowledge of human dimensions of natural resources or nature-based tourism are preferred but not essential.  For prospective PhD students, preferred experiences include completion of a MS degree, experience with field-based data collection, and evidence of contribution of research results to peer-reviewed journals.  For prospective MS students, completion of a Bachelor's degree is required; preferred experiences include further research experience and/or at least two years of post-Bachelor's experience working in a natural resource- or environmental-related field.

Interested students are encouraged to send: 1) a cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a PhD (or MS) degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores directly to BOTH Anita Morzillo (anita.morzillo@uconn.edu) and Elizabeth Vidon (esvidon@esf.edu) as a single *.pdf document.

Unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact.  GRE scores must be less than five years old.  Potential students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 in the last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours of their Bachelor's program.  Do not submit materials to the UConn Graduate School at this time.

Interested individuals may learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Vidon's research program at https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://elizabethvidon.weebly.com__;!!HXCxUKc!hajoBiq3Jizu6bmCk4hK5eRwI-ITdhgHszJAOOxkLVpeOZX0HJaKCWV2BzG_$ 

Interested individuals may learn more about Dr. Anita Morzillo's research program at https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://anitamorzillo.weebly.com/__;!!HXCxUKc!hajoBiq3Jizu6bmCk4hK5eRwI-ITdhgHszJAOOxkLVpeOZX0HJaKCYiryyAj$ 

Further information about the UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment may be found at https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.nrme.uconn.edu/__;!!HXCxUKc!hajoBiq3Jizu6bmCk4hK5eRwI-ITdhgHszJAOOxkLVpeOZX0HJaKCRjKRitX$

 

Fellowships:

Fellowships for graduate students, postdoctoral associates, junior faculty and/or other junior researchers:

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Fellowships and opportunities for Graduate Students:

 

Job Opportunities:

  • The Boone and Crockett Endowed Chair in Wildlife Policy, Governance, and Leadership: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking to fill an academic year (9-month) tenure track endowed faculty position.  The individual selected for this position will represent MSU in their partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club to develop a nationally recognized program in wildlife policy (including regulatory and non-regulatory approaches), governance and conservation leadership. The selected individual will be adept at transferring science to wildlife policy development, implementation, and evaluation, with a focus on governance of wildlife resources and their habitats in the United States from a biological, social, and economic perspective. Additionally, expertise of this individual will concentrate on leadership principles and practices in managing the business of ecosystem goods, governance and service related to outdoor recreational assets. Besides working directly with the Boone and Crockett Club, the selected individual will foster relationships with state, federal, private, or tribal wildlife management organizations to attain broad-based support for programs. The Boone and Crockett Endowed Chair will join a diverse group of faculty members, post‐doctoral scholars, staff, specialists, and students who provide a vibrant, internationally recognized program of research, instruction, and outreach to achieve science-based fisheries and wildlife conservation. 

Position Duties: Primary assignment areas will be 40% research, 20% teaching, 20% outreach, and 20% leadership/service.

See the full job posting hereinterested individuals can contact the Search Committee Chair Shawn J. Riley, Parish Storrs Lovejoy Professor of Wildlife Management. Rileysh2@msu.edu

  • Associate or Senior Editor (Climate/Energy economics and policy), Nature Communications: 

Nature Research is the world’s leader in publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences. Its journals include Nature, the Nature Research journals, the Nature Reviews journals and Nature Communications.

Nature Communications is the leading multidisciplinary Open Access journal, publishing high-quality scientific research. To help us to build on the success of this journal, we’re seeking a climate/energy/environmental economist or policy specialist with a strong background in either climate change/economics/environmental policy, economics, mitigation, sustainability and social science who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject and interests beyond, and who can think on their feet.

The Associate/Senior Editor role at Nature Communications is ideal for researchers who love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world and for those who enjoy reading papers outside their chosen area of research.

The responsibilities include: 

  • Handling original research papers, and working closely with other editors on all aspects of the editorial process, including manuscript selection and overseeing peer review.
  • Making well-reasoned editorial decisions on submitted manuscripts in the light of expert advice.
  • Determining the representation of their subject in the journal.
  • Liaising extensively with editors at other journals in the Nature family and with experts in the international scientific community.
  • Attending conferences and visiting research institutions.

 This role can be located in our London, Berlin or New York offices. See full posting and apply here. 

  • NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OPP-PRF): The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for early career scientists, including social scientists, to accomplish one or more of the following goals: expand their work across traditional disciplinary lines, develop new partnerships connecting the polar regions and/or non-polar research communities, and provide entry to researchers who have traditionally had limited access to polar research resources, sites and facilities. The fellowship program encourages the integration of new investigators who have not previously worked in polar regions and/or innovative techniques that have not previously been applied to polar science into polar research. Full Proposal Due Feb. 7, 2022. Find further details here. 
  • USFS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology: The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in silviculture and applied forest ecology to join a team researching strategies to improve post-fire reforestation and the sustainable management of California forests. The three-component project will leverage new and previously collected data from PSW's long-term experimental plots to provide National Forest managers with updated scientific guidance and decision support tools for Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) to aid the planning and monitoring of silvicultural treatments. The project will evaluate: 1) the benefits and trade-offs of competing vegetation control and fertilization for reforestation success under climate change; 2) the influence of tree-species diversity on mixed-conifer forest resistance and resilience to drought, bark beetles, and fire, as well as carbon sequestration and storage; and 3) the differential impacts of three experimental harvesting techniques on forest structural heterogeneity, resilience to drought and bark beetles, and the development of fuels and fire risk. Besides this main project, the Fellow will also have opportunities to participate in new field experiments and may assist in grant writing. Anticipated start date is Aug. 2, 2021, is flexible and negotiable. The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. See here for a full posting and to applly.
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