JOB – Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate; Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ

Position Type

These are grant funded positions. Continuation is contingent on future
grant funding. Appointments are year-to-year, with subsequent renewal,
based upon performance, the needs of the department, and availability of

Hiring Range

$52,000 – $60,000 annually, depending on experience.

Job Description

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a program
of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University, invites applications for several postdoctoral scholars to begin in 2013. The scholars will become part of an innovative interdisciplinary academic program in sustainability. Applicants must be within four (4) years of receipt of the terminal degree at the time of application, and must be committed to the integration of fundamental research with its practical application by addressing real-world problems with their research and, reciprocally, by drawing inspiration for their fundamental research from real-world sustainability problems. Scholars will be expected to engage in activities of the Walton Initiatives and the Institute, to pursue their own research and its application to real-world problems, and each year to offer an educational or training experience, roughly equivalent to a course, on a topic relevant to ASU’s sustainability curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates must have at the time of appointment an earned doctorate in engineering, the humanities, sciences, or social sciences, or the equivalent terminal degree in their field, and must demonstrate their dedication to solving sustainability problems through research, scholarship, innovation, and teaching. They must also have the capacity to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, a strong record of scholarly achievement, and excellent communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

Special emphasis will be placed on candidates who explain how their research would both benefit from and advance ongoing activities in the Walton Initiatives and GIOS, who strongly integrate the pursuit of knowledge about sustainability with the pursuit of solutions to sustainability challenges, and who have innovative ideas about education and training.

For 2013 we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in collaboration or participatory design involving developing and developed countries, and in those concerned with adaptation to changes in climate and environment.

Department and Project Information

The Global Institute of Sustainability is a research institute with a transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. It brings together academics from varied disciplines with leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector to solve some of the most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability, to create and share knowledge, and to develop a global network of practitioners and scholars. Examples of specific problem domains include water quality and scarcity; adaptation to changes in climate and environment; sustainable development; urban sustainability; energy, materials, and technology; food and food systems; and policy, governance, and social transformation.

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are the result of a $27.5 million investment in the Global Institute of Sustainability by the Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation. The investment will be distributed over a period of five years (2012 to 2016) assuming required metrics are achieved. The Initiatives will be self-sustaining by 2016. While the Initiatives span a wide range of education, research, and application activities, they are not an external grant provider.

Within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators collaborate to deliver sustainability solutions, accelerate global impacts, and inspire future leaders through eight distinct initiatives:

  • Deliver sustainability solutions:
    1. Sustainability Solutions Extension Service
    2. Executive Masters in Sustainability Leadership
    3. Center for Integrated Solutions to Climate Challenges
  • Accelerate Global Impact:
    1. Global Sustainability Studies Program
    2. Global Solution Centers on three continents
  • Inspire future leaders
    1. Fellowship Program For Scholars And Practitioners
    2. Sustainability Solutions Fair
    3. Next Generation Sustainability Projects.

Our goal is to advance the transition to a sustainable future and we are looking for team members who share our commitment, demonstrate professional skills and can act with a sense of urgency.

Instructions to Apply

To review and apply to this position, please visit our webpage at Academic Jobs Online (Job 2229). Applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses the criteria described above, current curriculum vita, statement indicating how their research will contribute to the goals of GIOS and how a postdoctoral scholarship with us will advance their research, and the names, phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

Application Close Date

Initial close date is December 1, 2012. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until positions are filled.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Global Institute of Sustainability actively encourages diversity among its applicants and workforce.