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Wednesday, October 11

NECSI: Two Positions Available

NECSI: Two Positions AvailableData Visualization and Public Relations

Our social systems are going through incredible change. A new era of communication and transportation is enabling collective actions at unprecedented scales. The world is becoming increasingly connected and at the same time more heterogeneous. The challenges are great and the tools we have historically used to think and act within societies are no longer working.

At NECSI we develop scientific frameworks for understanding societies at the global scale. Our research leads to new methods for solving the world's most important and far-reaching challenges. If you would like to be part of  creating data visualization tools to quantitatively understand the structure and dynamics of sociotechnical systems, please reach out to us. If you would like to further the NECSI mission through public relations and communications, please reach out to us. Together we will develop new ways to improve global conditions.

Job descriptions are listed below. Please direct inquiries to programs@necsi.edu with resume and cover letter.

Data Visualization Developer Description

We are seeking a data visualization expert to be responsible for building an interactive, web-based system. The nitial contract is for one year, and may be extended based upon funding. Desired qualifications include: experience developing web applications, including back and front end; experience with programming languages such as Python or Java for the back end, and Javascript, d3.js and PHP for the front end; experience with database administration and usage, such as Mongodb or MySQL; and experience setting up web-based applications, existing protocols and solutions. The candidate need not be proficient in data analytics or machine learning, but during the project, he/she will be part of an expert team and will have the opportunity to learn these skills. Education: senior undergraduate, graduate, and Postdoctoral positions are possible.

Public Relations and Communications Coordinator Description

Join the NECSI team to help develop, coordinate, and facilitate relationships with key players on the national and global stage. Assist in one-on-one relationship building; organize and perform research on national and global NGOs, government agencies and legislators, health agencies, policy makers and other stakeholders; engage in social media informational campaigns including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; draft online and other article content, in collaboration with but not limited to the President, VP of Outreach, Content Strategy advisor, and Programs Director. The ideal candidate is either an advanced undergraduate, masters or PhD student or recent degree recipient. The position is part time (10-30 hours/wk) and salary is based on previous experience.

BIOLOGY NONMAJORS, Tenure-track, Elon University

BIOLOGY NONMAJORS. Elon University and the Biology Department invite applications for a tenure track position in general biology for non-science majors at the Assistant Professor level, beginning in August 2018. A Ph.D. in biological science or science education is required, along with a proven commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Teaching responsibilities will center around the teaching and coordination of Biology courses for non-science majors and courses in Elon’s General Studies program. Teaching may also include interdisciplinary science courses for non-science majors or majors courses appropriate to the candidate’s expertise. The ability to advise and engage undergraduates in research appropriate to Elon University is expected. The successful candidate will be a broadly-trained biologist with a non-laboratory research focus. Biology Education Research focused on undergraduates, research that utilizes established databases, or field collection of data, is encouraged. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. To learn more about Elon, please visit us at www.elon.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Applications must be received by December 1, 2017 to be assured of full consideration. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of graduation transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to the search committee chair, Dr. Kathy Gallucci, at BioNonmajors17@elon.edu including your name in the subject line. 

Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

Monday, October 9

Postdoctoral Fellow - Disease Ecology, University of Alabama

Postdoc: Disease Ecology 
A postdoctoral research position in the fields of infectious wildlife diseases, microbiome ecology and conservation biology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gui Becker in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama (https://bsc.ua.edu/profiles/gui-becker/). This position will explore the integrative mechanisms that underlie host-pathogen-microbiome interactions in amphibians.
The ideal candidate is a talented researcher that is hardworking, creative, and, above all, competent with manuscript writing. Responsibilities will include laboratory work involving fungal culturing, molecular analyses, planning and supervising experiments, student mentoring, data management and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission, and animal care. The candidate could be interested in conducting fieldwork in the tropics and/or working with existing datasets on amphibian chytridiomycosis.
Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date.
Funding is available for two years, with annual renewal dependent on performance evaluation, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. The University of Alabama offers a range of professional development opportunities. Application review will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable, but the successful applicant should be able to start in the January 2018 semester. 

Applicants interested in the position should contact Dr. Gui Becker <cgbecker1@ua.edu>.
Applicants must apply by submitting an application to the Fall 2017 Biological Sciences Departmental postdoctoral pool at facultyjobs.ua.edu (requisition number 0810628): https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/40563

Materials should include:
1. Cover letter stating your application for the disease ecology position, a brief description of research accomplishments and interests, and career goals.
2. The names and contact information for 3 references.
3. Curriculum vitae.
4. Two representative publications.

About the University of Alabama:
The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the University System of Alabama, with an enrollment of over 35,000 students. The University is committed to achieving excellence as one of the country's primary centers of research and education. It is located in the vibrant college town of Tuscaloosa, AL, which boasts many cultural and athletic activities. The campus also benefits from the close proximity to the Birmingham metropolitan community.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. 

Earlham College - Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Plant Biology

Details here.

Thursday, October 5

Great Expectations-a Workshop on Getting the Mentorship You Need

Great Expectations - a workshop on getting the mentorship you need

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm (lunch served)
Location: Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building

Great Expectations explores common tensions that can arise between advisors and their advisees. The workshop is designed to help students identify strategies to get the mentoring they need to be successful. It depicts two different mentoring relationships, allowing a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. It also raises questions about the ways in which problems that emerge within a mentoring dyad might affect departmental climate more generally. 

This event is co-sponsored by LSA and Rackham Graduate School and facilitated by the CRLT Players.

Tuesday, October 3

Call for Abstracts: MUSE Conference

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Dear University of Michigan Colleague,

On behalf of the MUSE Organizing Committee*, you are cordially invited to participate in the 2018 Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) Conference, to be held February 14–15, 2018, on campus at the Michigan League.

The annual flagship event of the MUSE Initiative, the MUSE Conference provides a unique venue for sharing research, building new connections, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among all members of the University of Michigan community engaged in the broad range of sustainability and environment-related research. We welcome the involvement of U-M graduate students, as well as University leadership, faculty, and research fellows from all disciplines, including those in arts, humanities, engineering, and natural and social sciences.

The 2018 MUSE Conference will consist of interdisciplinary lectures by speakers including Susan Scotti Parrish, author of The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History, and Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus, as well as panel discussions, a poster session, network- and skill-building workshops, and a public keynote address and reception at Zingerman’s Greyline event space.

Participants will have opportunities to present both preliminary and final research findings. Thematic facilitated workshops will engage participants at all career stages in structured collaboration and discussion about emerging developments and debates in cross-cutting research topics.

Please consider participating in the 2018 MUSE Conference by submitting a short abstract. Abstracts on topics related to sustainability and environment may include (but are not limited to) human behavior, environmental history, policymaking and governance, corporate social and environmental responsibility, public health, built environment and infrastructure, land use, energy, water, climate, and ecosystems. Themed interdisciplinary sessions will be designed once abstracts have been reviewed by a selection committee. We encourage submissions to present either specific research outcomes or broader themes related to your research interests.

Both oral and poster presentation opportunities are available. Short-form oral presentations may be used to share preliminary results or brief research summaries, while longer presentations allow for more depth. When submitting an abstract, you may also opt-in to facilitate a workshop discussion and/or be considered for a brief Up-goer 5-style presentation at the public reception (explaining your research using the “ten hundred” most-used English words).

The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday, November 9. Please submit your abstract here. For more information, please go to our conference website: http://muse-initiative.umich.edu/conference/.

For questions concerning the MUSE Initiative, the MUSE Conference, or your abstract submission, please write to muse-conference@umich.edu. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to colleagues that you think might be interested.

*MUSE Organizing Committee:
Katie Browne (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Jennifer Carman (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Sara Goto (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Brent Heard (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Michael Lerner (Political Science)
Tom Logan (Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Lizz Ultee (Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering)
Matt Villeneuve (History)
Tim Williams (Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Emily Yang (Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering)

Friday, September 29

Integrative Organismal Physiologist, Assistant Professor, Tenure-track - College of Wooster

Integrative Organismal Physiologist, Assistant Professor, Tenure-track
Starting in August 2018. Primary responsibilities will be to teach upper-level courses in organismal physiology, contribute to introductory and intermediate courses in the Biology major, participate in the College's First-Year seminar in critical inquiry, and mentor undergraduates in our nationally recognized senior research program. Ability to teach a sophomore-level course in statistics and experimental design is a plus. Ph.D. required; postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience preferred. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (20% domestic students of color and 11% international students). All applicants must demonstrate a promise of excellence in working with students from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, description of research program, and three letters of reference to apply.interfolio.com/44619. Your cover letter should address your ability to work effectively with a student population having diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Questions regarding the position should be addressed to Rick Lehtinen (biology@wooster.edu). Application deadline is October 9, 2017 for full consideration.

Teaching Expectations
Teaching responsibilities include introductory and intermediate courses in the Biology major as well as upper level electives in the candidate's area of expertise. Additionally, participation in the College's First-Year seminar program and mentoring undergraduates in our nationally recognized senior research program are expected. The typical teaching load at The College of Wooster is 4 to 5 courses per year – depending on the sizes of the classes, number of contact hours, labs, and other factors. See the Biology Department website for specific course information.

Research Expectations
The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent research program that purposely involves undergraduate students and results in scholarly publications.  The College of Wooster supports faculty research with competitive start-up funds, extensive student research programs, faculty research and travel funds, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.  The Department will be housed in the Williams Hall of Life Science, which is currently being constructed and is scheduled to open in fall of 2018.  The Department of Biology also contributes to the Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Program in Neuroscience and the Program in Environmental Studies. Applications from candidates that could contribute to one or more of these programs are welcomed.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a
commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity,
strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals
belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of
employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political
affiliation. The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to
work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Drugfree


Research Analyst - healthcare delivery

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TITLE:  Research Analyst – healthcare delivery

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) team is composed of research scientists and software professionals who focus on creating powerful and innovative disease modeling and data analysis tools to help researchers and policy makers understand diseases, their causes, the way they spread, and the best types of interventions to use for the particular situation faced. IDM partners with selected universities, NGOs, government ministries, and other research and public health institutions focused on researching new ways to understand and combat diseases both locally and globally.

We seek a full-time Research Analyst to work as part of the IDM analysis and model usage center and to gather, analyze, and model data about healthcare delivery in countries with a high burden of communicable diseases. The analyst will focus on data related to the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery systems, e.g., multi-cluster health and demographic surveys, epidemiological studies, clinical trials, and administrative data reported by routine healthcare systems and other disease control campaign efforts. As part of their work, the analyst will learn about different types of healthcare technologies and interventions, e.g., drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, medical devices, cold chain systems, etc. Using these multiple sources, the analyst will identify important features (trends, anomalies, patterns) through data mining, visualization, and analytics. They will also build models for healthcare efficiency and effectiveness based on their findings. The analyst will further inform and refine their models by consulting the scientific literature, and working closely with modelers, programmers, and statisticians on the team. The analyst will write summaries of their results. The analyst will also present to key stakeholders, at conferences, and assist in the preparation research articles.

The IDM team architects advanced models of disease transmission, develops computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conducts innovative analysis of epidemiologically- and policy-relevant data (programmatic data, financial data, clinical trials data, and cluster surveys data), and identifies epidemiologically critical knowledge gaps. As part of our work, we collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes.

Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class research laboratories and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to global and national disease-eradication strategies.

    Gathers data about public health interventions and the delivery of drugs, vaccines, and medical devices in countries of interest, e.g., maternal and child health, nutrition, and family planning. These data can take the form of multi-cluster surveys, geographic information (e.g., GPS coordinates of health centers, maps of population and roads), or administrative data collected by health delivery programs
    Analyzes the gathered health delivery data to discover relevant features, e.g., trends in time, by region, anomalies, and correlations between important quantities
    Models the efficiency and effectiveness of primary health care delivery and other health interventions based on the data gathered and related analyses.
    Reviews the scientific literature on the delivery of primary healthcare and other health interventions, uses past research to inform what new analyses to perform and to set the context for current research
    Works closely with the modelers, programmers, and statisticians on the team to refine the models and use them to conduct sensitivity analyses, explore tradeoffs among possible interventions, and optimize the delivery of health care
    Write summaries of his/her results to be used in policy recommendations, white papers, and scientific publications
    Assists in the preparation of research articles and conference presentations communicating the project and its results to the scientific community.

Key Qualifications and Required Skills:
    Masters in science or in a quantitative field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics)
    Proficiency in at least one data-analysis or scripting language (e.g. MATLAB, python, R)
    Advanced proficiency with Excel, and ability to connect and query a database (e.g., Access, SQL)
    Ability to read and summarize research articles.
    Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product
    Must be a clear and effective communicator
    Work extended hours to meet a deadline, and a demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team.
    Knowledge of issues of public health in developing world settings is a plus
    Experience working with a software development team is a plus
    Having published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals is a plus.
    Fluency in French, Spanish, or Portuguese is a plus

Thursday, September 28

Computational Evolutionary Biology Faculty Position - University of Kansas

The Center for Computational Biology (Computational Biology Program) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invite applications for an assistant professor, tenure-track faculty position to begin as early as August 18, 2018. The interdisciplinary Center for Computational Biology (http://compbio.ku.edu) seeks to leverage and complement existing strengths in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://eeb.ku.edu) by recruiting in the area of computational evolutionary biology. The Center fosters international activities in Computational Biology and combines outstanding research and a Ph.D. program. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has research foci in Ecology and Global Change Biology, Evolutionary Mechanisms, and Biodiversity and Macroevolution. Its graduate program includes students seeking Masters or Ph.D. degrees.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline related to Computational Evolutionary Biology is expected by the start date of the appointment; potential for excellence in research in Computational Evolutionary Biology; demonstrated commitment to teaching life sciences courses; and a strong record of research accomplishments in the area of computational evolutionary biology, broadly construed, including but not limited to molecular evolution, evolution of interaction networks, microbial evolution, and the evolution of protein structure and/or function.  To apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/10107BR .  A complete online application includes the following materials:  curriculum vitae; letter of application, statement of teaching interests, research plan, and the names, e-mail, and contact information for three professional references.  Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2017 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. Direct inquiries to Drs. Mark Holder (mtholder@ku.edu) or Christian Ray (jjray@ku.edu).   The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

Wednesday, September 27

[CSCAR] Consulting and workshops available in statistics, data science and computation

Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) provides consulting services and training opportunities in statistics, data science, and advanced research computation to researchers across campus, regardless of skill level or academic background.
We welcome all members of the campus community interested in making more effective use of data analytic techniques, or in developing their skills in these areas.
Free consulting is available to all U-M researchers; workshops are open to all members of the U-M community (some workshops have a fee, see cscar.research.umich.edu/workshops for details).
Introductory, intermediate, and advanced workshops are scheduled this semester on topics including:
  • Statistics: A Review
  • Statistical analysis with R
  • Python (multiple workshops)
  • Regression Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Data Science Skills
  • Stata
  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • MatLab
A full listing of CSCAR workshops being offered this semester is available on our website.
One-on-one consulting services for researchers of all skill levels are also available in the following areas:
Statistics and Data Science
  • Data analysis
  • Basic and advanced statistical methods
  • Statistical software support
  • Geospatial analysis including Geographic Information Systems
  • Design, analysis, interpretation and communication for research studies involving data
  • Large-scale data processing and management
  • Efficient computation with data
  • Scraping, aggregating and integrating data
Research Computation
  • HPC code optimization
  • Adapting scientific codes to parallel environments
  • Making efficient use of HPC resources
  • Android apps for research
Visit the CSCAR web site cscar.research.umich.edu for additional information, and to schedule individual consultation sessions. Questions can be directed to cscar@umich.edu

Tuesday, September 26

Aquatic Ecologist position - Grand Valley State University

Please see announcement for new aquatic ecologist position at GVSU, with a 25% joint appointment at AWRI.  Especially looking for someone with phytoplankton ecology/taxonomy experience, and who can teach limnology.

Thanks, Al

Dr. Alan D. Steinman
The Allen & Helen Hunting Director
Annis Water Resources Institute
Professor of Water Resources
Grand Valley State University
740 West Shoreline Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441
E-mail: steinmaa@gvsu.edu
Voice-mail: 616-331-3749


Thursday, September 21

Michigan University-wide Sustainability & Environment Initiative

Dear UM Community:

Are you doing environment and sustainability-related research? If so, MUSE is the place for you.

MUSE is the Michigan University-wide Sustainability & Environment initiative.

MUSE organizes an annual conference, bi-weekly workshops, and periodic social gatherings across campus. The purpose is to connect researchers across UM that are conducting research related to environmental and sustainability-related topics. It’s a big tent for scholars across disciplines, from arts and humanities to natural, social, and physical sciences.

If you’d like to sign up to be notified about MUSE events, please sign up for our mailing list here. 

Here’s a snapshot of upcoming events for 2017-2018:

MUSE ConferenceThe annual MUSE conference will take place February 14-15, 2018 in the Michigan League. Please stay tuned for instructions on call for abstracts and agenda.

MUSE WorkshopA biweekly meeting to share draft papers, practice talks, and work on collaborative products. Our first meeting will be 8-10am September 28, 2017 in Dana 1024. Click here to RSVP to the first MUSE workshop.

MUSE Social 
Interested in a more informal gathering of like-minded scholars? Come to our first hosted happy hour of 2017 on October 11, 5:30pm at Dominick's. Sign up for the mailing list (above) to stay abreast of future social events.

If you have a question, please write to MUSE-inquiries@umich.edu


MUSE Initiative Organizers
James Arnott (SEAS)
Lizz Ultee (CLASP)
Katie Browne (SEAS)
Tom Logan (IOE)


Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow Search - UC Davis

I am very excited to announce the 2017 CPB Postdoctoral Fellow search at UC Davis.  We are starting this search much earlier than in the past.  The application deadline is October 30.  

Please forward this ad to students who would be interested.  The search committee will meet during the first week of December, and the interview list will be finalized by the end of the fall quarter.  The interviews will take place between early January and early February.

Here is the link to the recruitment website:  https://cpb.ucdavis.edu/cpb-postdoc-fellowship

The direct application link is:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01868and the application is set to open around 9/22/17 or shortly thereafter.

Thank you very much,

Sharon Y. Strauss
Professor, Evolution and Ecology
2320 Storer Hall, One Shields Ave.,
Davis, CA 95616

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - University of Minnesota

The new University of Minnesota President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) has now launched in association with the University of California Partnership for Faculty Diversity. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase faculty diversity  by initially offering a mentored postdoctoral fellowship that includes professional development focused on skills required for becoming successful tenure-track faculty at a research-intensive institute, such as the University of Minnesota. It is hoped that we can attract to Minnesota "rising stars" from diverse backgrounds who are early in their careers. This increases the potential for PPFP high fliers to be subsequently recruited to faculty positions at the U following fellowship completion.

If you know of any postdoc candidates who would be interested, please point them to the following link:


The submission date is November 1st.

Monday, September 18

Open-rank position Computational biology / Genomics

Dear Colleague,

Wash U in St. Louis has an open-rank position available in computational biology / genomics, broadly defined. For details please see the letter and ad or https://wubio.wustl.edu/job-openings/articles/2707.  For those with appropriate followers please Tweet or Facebook the link!  Thanks.

David Queller

Chair Search Committee

NatureNet Science Fellows Program

NatureNet Science Fellows Program

Seeking Innovators for Nature and Development

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Advancing science and engineering to solve big climate challenges for nature and human well-being.

The Call for Applications for 2018 NatureNet Science Fellows went out on September 1, 2017. Applications are due by November 6, 2017.
Our world faces unprecedented challenges with climate change: how do we stop it and continue to meet demands for food, water and energy without degrading natural systems? The Nature Conservancy is confronting these challenges head-on — through a new set of priorities that focus on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable agriculture and fisheries, natural defenses against extreme weather to encouraging sustainable energy forms and corporate practices. We firmly believe that conservation can be a solution to the climate challenges mounting against both nature and people.
That’s why the Conservancy has established the NatureNet Science Fellows Program in partnership with a rotating set of the world’s leading universities to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation.
The Nature Conservancy recognizes climate change as the single greatest threat to our mission, and to humanity. Never has there been an issue that so tightly integrates the health of the planet with the economy, food production, clean, reliable water, health, and equality. To tackle these challenges, the Nature Conservancy now needs new brands of science —
  1. Science that blends climatology, physics, economics, business, chemistry, engineering, technology and communications with conservation and ecology AND;
  2. Science that marries the best academic analysis with opportunities to rapidly test and deploy those analyses in the real world to address human well-being.
Ideal candidates for NatureNet Science Fellowships and Research Grants are outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people. Recognizing that our conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures—  we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
The NatureNet Science Fellows and Research Grant program aims to bridge academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change, and to create a new generation of conservation leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. Within this framework, the program goals are to:
  • Support innovative and impact-oriented research that help deliver TNC outcomes;
  • Invest in the talent potential of a new generation of climate change leaders;
  • Recruit scientists who bring a diversity of culture, experience, and ideas into conservation; and
  • Provide partner universities and fellows with access to real-world conservation issues.
Within these goals are two overarching themes:
The majority of projected climate change impacts can be avoided, if we act quickly and aggressively towards a low-carbon energy system. Getting there will require major new advances in the science and engineering behind energy technology — from storage, improved efficiency, and transmission, to new source development — and in how we deploy all energy sources--from encouraging major energy source shifts to siting and operating new infrastructure with minimal environmental impact. Applicants may tackle these challenges from the fields of physics, chemistry, landscape planning, electrical engineering, biology, nanotechnology, political science, meteorology, waste management, computer science, energy technology, geography, or transport engineering.
Climate change is already happening, and current levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere have already locked the planet into significant climate disruption. The NatureNet program supports research that will identify new means for reducing these impacts and improving the ability of both nature and people to adapt. Relevant challenges will be addressed from fields as wide ranging as coral biology, agricultural technology, political economics, coastal geomorphology, ecology, spatial planning, forestry, water and sanitation health, climatology, environmental toxicology, agronomy, irrigation engineering, animal husbandry, fisheries, or coastal engineering.
For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellows program, please contact NatureNetScience@tnc.org.