Postdoctoral Research Associate: Future of Dams

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.

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