The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a postdoctoral researcher at the interface of sustainability, supply-chain analysis, and agriculture, to lead a research project aimed at expanding existing supply-chain sustainability work into the dairy and alfalfa sectors.
The postdoctoral researcher will be supervised by Dr. Jennifer Schmitt and will closely collaborate with multiple researchers at 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).
This position is for one year from the start date and is dependent on receipt of grant funds. The position is located at IonE on the St. Paul, MN campus and the person will be expected to fully participate in the IonE community, including attending important IonE and Knowledge Initiative events as well as developing working relationships with other IonE staff. The postdoc will also have the opportunity for professional development (a plan to be developed in collaboration with their supervisor) to support their skill development and future career.
The salary is $53,000, and the position is expected to begin summer 2019 (negotiable).
To be considered for an interview, we require that you submit:
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
50% Dairy and alfalfa supply chain sustainability research
Contribute to existing efforts on supply-chain sustainability modeling and environmental impact assessment for US agriculture.
Lead the addition of dairy and alfalfa additions to our Food System Supply Chain Sustainability (FoodS3) model.
Online data collection and cleaning, research into the US dairy/alfalfa industries, and assisting in life cycle assessments of the greenhouse gas (GHG) and water impacts of dairy/alfalfa and soy.
Work collaboratively with IonE researchers.
30% Development of academic- and practitioner-oriented publications (journal manuscripts, reports, etc.)
Lead on project report writing and on at least one peer reviewed publication.
Present results at a professional conference.
10% Assist in coordination of academic and practitioner knowledge exchange through webinars, workshops and other communications.
Develop network of academic and practitioners focused on agriculture supply chains
Participate in project meetings.
Present at end of project dairy stakeholder in person meeting.
10% Professional development
Co-develop a professional development plan with supervisor
Enhance science communication and leadership skills
Participate in IonE postdoc community professional development activities
Working Conditions: The majority of the work in this position is performed in a general office setting. IonE offices and meeting spaces are accessible and the building has accessible gendered restrooms on-site. Non-gendered restrooms are accessible through the tunnel system but would not be considered convenient for regular daily use.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, supply chain or operations management, agricultural or environmental sciences, economics, engineering, or a related field.
Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as are the ability and desire to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team setting.
Must be able to work independently and contribute to research development.
Advanced degree must be obtained by date of appointment.
Competency in life cycle modeling, supply chain modeling, system dynamics modeling, or dairy production is desired.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience working on interdisciplinary teams.
Internal Number: 331512
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