Postdoctoral Associate, NorthStar Fellow, University of Minnesota

14 Aug 2014 11:37 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
Title:  Postdoctoral Associate, NorthStar Fellow

Institution:  Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

Location:  Twin Cities Campus, Minnesota

Start date:  September 1, 2014 or after

Term: Estimated 1-3 year position, dependent upon performance, program needs and funding.

A postdoctoral associate position is now available at the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE), Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. Funding for this position is provided by IonE to develop accessible and interactive tools for supply chain decision-makers that link upstream agricultural production and manufacturing processing impacts to downstream food consumption. Serving as a synthesis project across multiple research teams addressing spatial, temporal and consequential environmental performance of the U.S. food system, the successful candidate will develop firm and industry specific assessments and valuations of corn/soy intensive supply chains. Responsibilities include conducting collaborative research (contributing to current group efforts in economic and environmentally enhanced input-output modeling, parameterized life cycle assessment, and geographic information systems [GIS] modeling), written and oral communication of results, and coordinating with external users and stakeholders. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Timothy Smith (Director, NiSE; Associate Professor, BBE), under the guidance of Drs. Elizabeth Wilson (STEP/HHH), Stephen Polasky (ApEC/CFANS) and Jason Hill (BBE/CFANS). Review of applications will begin immediately.  

Required Qualifications:
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 in an interdisciplinary team setting. Proficiency in statistical analysis is also required. Advanced degree must be obtained by date of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Competency in life cycle modeling, MATLAB, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and computer programming are desired. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of accomplishments and productive scientific and/or applied training and demonstrated experience within an interdisciplinary setting.

For more information, please contact Prof. Tim Smith at

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