Postdoctoral Associate, Humanities and the Environment

University at Buffalo

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate, Humanities and the Environment

Full Job Description

The Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo is seeking a humanities-trained scholar to contribute substantively in addressing critically important environmental problems facing society. This scholar would partner with a sustainability scientist actively seeking solutions to real-world environmental issues, and contribute to this research from a complementary and informed humanities-based perspective. These environmental problems could include the following on-going research endeavors:

  • Community resilience to climate change, including coastal communities
  • Urban heat island effects and mitigating the impacts of extreme heat on vulnerable populations
  • Critical infrastructure resilience to extreme events
  • Climate change and health equity and/or environmental justice
The ideal candidate would be a PhD recipient in the Humanities interested in crossing-over into a STEM-based discipline to offer innovative solutions, to pursue creative activities, and/or to provide transdisciplinary insights to address these environmental issues.
The position also carries meaningful opportunities for professional development. These include grant writing, participating in environmental and sustainability seminars and workshops, guidance in publishing research papers, presenting research findings at conferences, and graduate student supervision. Initial appointment will be for one year with potential renewal for up to two additional years.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in the humanities conferred within the past five years.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in crossing-over into a STEM-based discipline to offer innovative solutions, to pursue creative activities, and/or to provide transdisciplinary insights to address the environmental issues and/or sustainable futures.

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North Campus

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Special Instructions Summary
Applications require cover letter, CV, and research statement (max 2 pages).

In the research statement please include evidence of interdisciplinary research experience and/or special interest areas. Particularly, your interest in applying humanities-based training to environmental problems.

All application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be acknowledged and cannot be considered.

Additional Information
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation

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