Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Closing date
Sep 13, 2021

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Requirements: Ideal candidates should have a doctoral degree in any of the following fields: Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Sustainability Science, Environmental Epidemiology, Global Health, Energy Systems or Energy Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment,Energy Policy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in health risk assessment, air quality and health modeling, or life-cycle assessment. Additionally, candidates should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Mentoring experience is also desired for optimal collaboration, even though primary duties are to conduct research.

Job Duties: The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is deeply committed to the principles of the Wisconsin Idea, which include research, education, and outreach. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to engage in all of these areas as well as to develop an understanding of university processes and procedures and to acquire and employ the skills necessary to operate within a complex campus environment (i.e., via the research grant submission process). The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to: - Conduct research at the intersection of clean, low-carbon energy scenarios and quantified human health benefits (either prospective or retrospective analysis) under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Patz, along with collaborating faculty in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). - Attend weekly research meetings with Professor Patz, as well as occasional other key meetings of collaborating faculty. - Write up results for manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and assist in strategic grant proposal development as appropriate. - Present research findings at scientific meetings and/or online webinars. - Participate in the Planetary Health Graduate Scholars Program, jointly administered by the Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Attend monthly Zoom meetings and help faculty members mentor any students within the Planetary Health Graduate Scholars Program whose work focuses on energy and health (likely not more than one or two graduate students). - Participate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies - Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) certificate program by engaging with and helping to mentor graduate students whose work is focused on the nexus of energy and health. If mutually advantageous, EAP students may be engaged.

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter detailing their research experience and research interest, and a list of three references to Laurel Fletcher, department admin, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE): [email protected] Note: Two letters of recommendation will be required of applicants who are notified if they become finalists for the position.

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment.

Begin Date: Anticipated start date is between September 1 and October 1, 2021.

Percent Time: 100%.

Salary: $55,000


In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW–Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities, and many of its programs are hailed as world leaders in instruction, research and public service. Spanning 935 acres along the southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in the city of Madison.

The university traces its roots to a clause in the Wisconsin Constitution, which decreed that the state should have a prominent public university. In 1848, Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor, signed the act that formally created the university, and its first class, with 17 students, met in a Madison school building on February 5, 1849.

From those humble beginnings, the university has grown into a large, diverse community, with about 40,000 students enrolled each year. These students represent every state in the nation, as well as countries from around the globe, making for a truly international population.

UW–Madison is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of 13 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore transfer colleges and an extension service. One of two doctorate-granting universities in the system, UW–Madison’s specific mission is to provide “a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help insure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all.”

The university achieves these ends through innovative programs of research, teaching and public service. Throughout its history, UW–Madison has sought to bring the power of learning into the daily lives of its students through innovations such as residential learning communities and service-learning opportunities. Students also participate freely in research, which has led to life-improving inventions ranging from more fuel-efficient engines to cutting-edge genetic therapies.

The Wisconsin Idea

Students, faculty and staff are motivated by a tradition known as the “Wisconsin Idea,” first started by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, when he declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university [is] available to every home in the state.” The Wisconsin Idea permeates the university’s work and helps forge close working relationships among university faculty and students, and the state’s industries and government.

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