National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center: Postdoctoral Fellowships

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from early career scholars for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2018.

Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge production by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, or methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Regardless of approach, fellows’ projects take advantage of existing data. SESYNC does not fund fellows to collect new field or survey data. Successful candidates will use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing to co-develop a synthesis research project.

Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems; but, the synthesis may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. Prospective fellows who propose the use of advanced theoretical, computational, or mathematical approaches or the use of Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) and other long-term datasets to study the structure and dynamics of socio-environmental systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

Appointments will be through the University of Maryland and fellowship awardees must be based at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and include structured mentoring programs and opportunities to participate in ongoing Center activities.

The pre-screening application due date is October 27, 2017, 5 p.m. ET!

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SESYNC encourages applications from groups underrepresented in SESYNC research, including scholars from developing countries, participants from underrepresented U.S. minorities (African Americans, American Indians including Native Alaskans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders), and persons with disabilities (for more information on such efforts:

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last updated 17-Sep-2017