Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine
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New England Sustainability Consortium and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine
Orono, Maine, United States
May 2, 2016


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the New England Sustainability Consortium

The New England Sustainability Consortium ( has launched a new stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research program focused on the future of dams. Our research draws upon world-class faculty expertise at the UNH, UMaine, URI, Keene State, USM and RISD and builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science. Using dams in New England as a model system, the team will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. The team’s approach to problem solving will benefit from the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Center ( at UMaine is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a deep commitment to stakeholder-driven, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research to join the Maine team. The position may begin as early as June 1, 2016.

Qualifications: Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to solutions-focused, stakeholder engaged, interdisciplinary research and a strong commitment to solve pressing problems using innovative methods. Experience with collaborative modeling (participatory modeling or mapping, Bayesian techniques, etc.) is preferred along with a willingness to learn outside of the primary research area. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies. A Ph.D. is required by time of appointment.

Responsibilities: We seek a postdoctoral researcher with core competencies in the following areas: align with the research team and assume broad research responsibilities; participate in ongoing team research and project-wide research activities; prepare manuscripts for publication; present research findings at public and professional meetings; contribute to the development and implementation of curricula and mentoring programs for students; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; maintain accurate records of research findings and the analysis of results.

How to Apply: It is recommended that applicants review project information on the NEST website before completing application materials ( A complete job description and online application is available on the University of Maine web site at All applications must include the following materials for consideration: 1) A letter of interest (2-3 pages) that summarizes the candidate's research program, qualifications for the position, interests in sustainability science, and plans for addressing the positions responsibilities; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; 4) a sample of research (e.g., peer-reviewed publication); and 5) names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin May 2, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.