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[Met-jobs] Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at Brown University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:59:03 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Brown University Environmental Change Initiative - Voss Postdoctoral
Research Associate 2014-2015
Location: Providence, RI
Closes: Jan 31, 2014

Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI)
<> seeks candidates for one or more
distinguished postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental
science. Established in 2004, ECI catalyzes collaborative research among
15 affiliated academic units and over 50 individual researchers.
Particular strengths include remote sensing and spatial analysis, earth
systems history, population studies, environmental sociology, coastal
and marine ecology, biogeography, and climate change adaptation.
Emerging areas of emphasis include the intersection of climate change
with human health, well-being, and culture. Brown University also
maintains a research and education partnership with the Marine
Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, including the Ecosystems
Center <> and the Josephine Bay Paul
Center n Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution

Appointments will be in the Environmental Change Initiative and
cooperating departments, with an expected term of two years. Associates
receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of
$5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to
the project by mentors.


Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in an
environmentally-related discipline, the intellectual flexibility to
reach across fields, ability to take initiative and work independently,
and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary environmental study. To
apply, each candidate must contact two Brown or MBL mentors working in
different fields, work with mentors to develop an independent research
project that advances the research interests of both mentors and
candidates; and secure a letter of support from both mentors. A list of
ECI-affiliated researchers can be found on the ECI web site
<>. In addition, any
Brown or MBL faculty member doing environmentally-related research is
eligible to mentor a project. Proposed mentors not already familiar with
ECI and the postdoc program should contact Martha Downs
( <>) for further


To apply, please submit the following items at

Cover letter describing your interest in the position and how this
position relates to your career goals;
Current CV;
Required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding
references): Proposals will be judged on scientific merit, potential
for building cross-disciplinary bridges, and an achievable research
plan, given time and budgetary constraints. The project proposal is
an essential component of the application package and applications
without proposals will not be reviewed. Format is not prescribed,
but proposals should briefly address the following points:
o Title and brief abstract
o Project background and importance: What is known and what is new
about this question? Why does it matter?
o How does this project fit with your own previous work and your
proposed mentors'?
o Project plan: What will you actually do? Include a timeline or
workplan if appropriate. If additional resources will be needed
to complete the work, do you have options for funding them?
o Potential outcomes: What do you see resulting from this project?
o References (not included in 1500 word limit): What is the basis
in the literature for this work?
Three letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who know the
applicant’s work well. Letters should describe prior research
experience and evidence of applicant’s interest, capability, and
potential in interdisciplinary environmental research. Referees
should submit letters directly through Interfolio, which will supply
a direct link when contact information is entered.
Two letters of support from proposed mentors, describing the
mentor’s interest in the applicant and the proposed project and
evaluating the preparation of this applicant to work effectively in
an interdisciplinary environment and complete the proposed work.

For additional information, please contact Marty Downs, Associate
Director of ECI (
<>). Applications received by January 31,
2014 will receive full consideration.

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