Assistant Professor, Coupled Human-Natural Systems
Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor-level social scientist interested in the human component of coupled human-natural systems (CHN). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to research and curricula in Earth and Environment that seek to: (1) understand the connections, feedbacks, and trajectories that occur as a result of interactions between human institutions and decision making and natural systems, (2) understand the relationships between human well-being and the status and use of natural resources and ecosystem services, (3) improve understanding of how policy and governance can be used to simultaneously increase the sustainability of the use of environmental goods and services and improve human well-being, and (4) improve our understanding of the ways in which decision-making about the environment is structured, at all levels, from individuals to institutions, and how it evolves over time. Examples of key issues of interest include the relationships among society and its food, energy, and water systems, the effectiveness of environmental and energy policies in affecting physical systems, processes that create resilience and/or vulnerability, and the relationships among environmental governance and environmental and social outcomes. We are interested in applicants using a variety of methodologies, from qualitative methods to quantitative empirical studies and modeling. It is important that candidates for this position demonstrate their ability and interest in collaborating with colleagues across a range of disciplines.
The successful candidate will be expected to support social science curricula in the Department, which (in addition to our PhD program) include the undergraduate concentration in Environmental Analysis and Policy, a minor in Sustainable Energy, and the professional MA program in Energy and Environment. There is an opportunity to support new efforts in Sustainability Science and Sustainable Energy, including a new concentration we are proposing to develop in this area. Finally, this position will provide a key building block that supports a Department and University goal of enhancing intellectual connections broadly across disciplines.
The Department seeks to build a faculty with diverse life experiences and intellectual approaches and welcomes applications from persons of any gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, and/or spiritual beliefs.
Please apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12382. Applications should include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter (including a discussion of approaches to diversity and inclusion in teaching, advising, and scholarship) (3) a statement outlining synergies between the applicant’s research and teaching and ongoing activities within the Department, (3) one representative publication, and (4) names and contact information of at least three referees. Should you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact Cutler Cleveland, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Earth and Environment, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications begins December 3, 2018.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.