<p>The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a researcher at the interface of economics, conservation, and natural resource management, to lead multiple research projects that aim to achieve improved sustainable development and conservation outcomes. Initial projects include research support for a series of workshops composed of TNC personnel and experts from academia, government and the private sector; for sustainable development opportunities for communities and landscapes in Northern Minnesota; and for connecting remote sensing of methane emissions to built capital and financial data associated with oil & gas producers. <br /><br />The researcher will be supervised by Jessica Hellmann and Steve Polasky and will closely collaborate with economics faculty in the Institute on the Environment. IonE is internationally recognized for discovering and advancing solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges (see here). The researcher will be housed in the Institute’s collaborative workspace in the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building. The Institute provides opportunities for professional development through outreach and media workshops, interaction with diverse faculty fellows, and an interdisciplinary research seminar (see here and here). IonE and UMN also a partner in the Natural Capital Project, providing the researcher with colleagues in environmental, natural resource, and ecological economics.<br /><br />Principal Duties and Responsibilities:<br />• 25% Collaboratively work with project partners and stakeholders to address vexing problems in economics, conservation, and sustainable development<br />• 25% Data collection, analysis, and/or model development and testing<br />• 20% Writing, including rapid assessment reports, journal publication<br />• 10% Participate in the Institute on the Environment community, e.g., giving and attending seminars, occasional guest teaching<br />• 10% Exploration and co-authorship of grants proposals and other funding opportunities<br />• 5% Report on project progress, results, and deliverables to IonE mentors and project collaborators<br />• 5% Participate in outreach and delivery of research findings to non-academic partners and stakeholders.</p><p><br />Working Conditions: The majority of the work in this position is performed in a general office setting at IonE at the Twin Cities Campus. Will involve some occasional travel for workshops, conferences, and meetings as dictated by individual projects.</p>
<p>Required Qualifications:<br />• PhD in economics or related disciplines, OR<br />• PhD in natural science with a background and a strong demonstrated interest in economics and policy analysis<br />• 5+ years of productive post-graduate research experience<br />• Outstanding quantitative skills and good personal and organizational skills<br />• Excellent publication record including both journal articles and writing for an applied or general audience<br />• Strong interpersonal skills and writing ability<br />• Capability to perform in-depth data manipulation and model construction<br />• Highly motivated, able to work independently, and able to effectively and efficiently coordinate research involving multiple participants<br /><br />Preferred Qualifications:<br />• Demonstrated experience working on interdisciplinary teams to solve large, cross-boundary sustainability problems<br />• Proven experience and success in obtaining external research funding<br />• Strong research networks<br />• Programming experience in statistics, GIS, and optimization<br /> </p>
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