HHH seeks Sr Scientist @ STEP

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks a Senior Scientist to join the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). The Senior Scientist will be responsible for overseeing multiple research projects in collaboration with Dr. Keeler’s research lab, the Natural Capital Project, and the CREATE Initiative. Research topics include the management of natural resources at varying scales, decision-making around the value of clean water, environmental justice implications of environmental planning in rural and urban communities, and the evaluation of conservation and environmental policies. The Keeler Lab prioritizes research questions and contexts unique to Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, inclusive of urban and rural sustainability challenges, although some work elsewhere in the U.S. or internationally is possible. The Senior Scientist will also oversee the administration and research associated with a new international network of academic institutions working collaboratively to advance interdisciplinary scholarship on sustainability.

The Senior Scientist is expected to play a leadership role in the Center for STEP, including overseeing all aspects of a project, from formulating research goals, to executing research, to recruiting, training, and supervising students and support staff. The Senior Scientist will also play a lead role in developing new projects in collaboration with Center staff, faculty across the University, and external stakeholders. Additional responsibilities include evaluation of research impact, communication and co-development of research questions with end-users and external partners, interaction with agencies and stakeholders to acquire and interpret data, development and testing of new analytical approaches, managing complex and heterogeneous datasets, delivering professional presentations for internal and external stakeholders, and leading reports, public-facing communications products, grant applications, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

The lab and associated research projects are highly interdisciplinary – often combining multiple research methodologies and theories using systems thinking and socio-ecological research approaches. Experience in spatial analysis, data management, statistics, and environmental modeling are valuable. Also valued are researchers with experience in qualitative analysis of survey data, interviews or stakeholder engagements. Past experience designing and facilitating workshops, especially with partners from outside academia will be considered favorably. Prior work with historically marginalized communities or on issues that address environmental or social justice is highly valued. The Senior Scientist will be expected to learn new qualitative and quantitative skills and integrate these approaches in interdisciplinary contexts working with social and natural scientists.

The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for teamwork, applied research, and building relationships with external partners. The Senior Scientist will be expected to work closely with graduate students and junior research staff, serving as a supervisor and mentor. Organization and communication skills are highly valued in this position, especially for coordinating workshops, network events, and research across distributed national and international networks.

The position is externally-funded through November of 2020. The position may be extended depending on funding and candidate performance.

I'm hiring for a senior position in my lab to support multiple projects and I'd appreciate your help spreading the word about this opportunity.  The position description is copied below and the position announcement can be viewed on the HHH employment site here.

Ph.D. preferred, but candidates with a Masters degree and experience will be considered. I'm seeking an interdisciplinary scholar with demonstrated project management experience, excellent public communication skills, and interest in leading collaborative work with students, community partners, agency staff, and an international network of sustainability scholars. 

Anticipated start date: Jan 2019 with guaranteed funding for two years.
Please share broadly and encourage interested applicants to contact me with questions.

Bonnie Keeler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Co-Director of the CREATE Initiative
Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
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